Green Guide to Why you Should Recycle Your Mattresses

Here’s a great piece on how to get rid of your unwanted mattress without getting fined (or destroying the Earth).

As written:

The mattress industry hasn’t caught up with the auto or cosmetic industries when it comes to regulating green products. In fact, there are no standards or rules to govern mattress manufacturers about what is an eco-friendly mattress, yet many beds advertised as “organic,” “all-natural,” or “green.” Those claims may not mean what they imply.

The reality is that there is no mattress that is 100 percent organic, green, or biodegradable on the market. There are models that are 95 percent organic but the remaining 5 percent may contain some synthetic materials. In industries such as mattresses, where eco-regulations haven’t been well-established, it’s the consumer that has to dig deeper. There are two places to start when searching for a truly green mattress. The first is the materials list on the mattress, the second, certifications.

Read the Materials List Carefully

Many retailers advertise mattresses as organic or natural when those words may only apply to specific materials or components. An eco-friendly mattresswill have as many organic and/or natural materials in the support core, comfort layers, and cover as possible.

Did you know:

• every year the U.S. Manufactures 33M mattresses, and every year 20M end up in a landfill or incinerator?

mattresses take 10 years to decompose?

up to 85% of materials in a mattress can be recycled into things like pet beds, mulch, and appliances?

Finally, Mattress Advisor created a guide on exactly what to do with your unwanted mattress, whether it’s recycling or donating to a charitable organization – there’s so many options.

In conclusion, Here’s their infographic. Enjoy!!

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