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The State of Mattress Recycling and the States that Mandate It

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Some 30 to 40 million mattresses are disposed of every year in the U.S. That’s a lot of mattresses taking up a lot of landfill space. Landfill operators are not fans of trashed mattresses, either, as they are difficult to move around and don’t compact well.

While mattress recycling facilities exist, they are relatively scarce. This, however, is changing.  Here are some innovations and initiatives in mattress recycling occurring throughout the U.S.

Spring Back Mattress Recycling

The group’s goal was to develop a sustainable mattress recycling model that would simultaneously provide employment opportunities to the disenfranchised, such as homeless individuals or former prison inmates. The team spent a year developing the model and by 2012 Spring Back Mattress Recycling incorporated as 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The program proved a success.Spring Back Recycling logo

Since then, Spring Back Mattress Recycling has expanded into other geographic areas, with operations in Denver, CO; Tacoma, WA; Charlotte, NC; and Salt Lake City, UT. Spring Back charges $20 per piece for pick up and $10 per piece if brought to the center. According to the organization, about 90% of the mattress is recycled.

Mattress Recycling Initiative: Connecticut, Rhode Island and California

In 2013 Connecticut, working with The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA), became the first state to pass comprehensive mattress recycling legislation. Since then, Rhode Island and California have passed similar legislation.ISPA Logo

The Mattress Recycling Initiative was formed by ISPA and mattress manufacturers to help administer the laws. The Initiative is currently working to build state-wide networks of collection sites, transporters and private recyclers for implementation of the recycling laws. ISPA continues to work with legislators and stakeholders in other states in anticipation of additional state mandated programs.

 Community Action / Creative Business

Individual communities, nonprofits and environmental organizations have also stepped up to the challenge.

Recycle Ann Arbor logoRecycle Ann Arbor in Michigan offers a Drop-Off Station featuring one of the nation’s most comprehensive recycling drop-off centers. For nominal feels, residents can drop off mattresses, electronics and other items. Recycling initiatives are offered by Houston Furniture Bank as well as St. Vincent de Paul’s DR3 (which stands for Divert Reduce Re Use Recycle) recycling program in California and Oregon. Nine Lives Mattress Recycling in South Carolina has worked with a pilot program of mattress recycling with the U.S. Navy. Even hotel chain Hilton has piloted a mattress recycling program.

Do a web search to see the mattress recycling options available in your area.

Modular for Less Waste

Looking to the future Naturepedic strives to be in the forefront of sustainable mattress efforts. Toward that goal, we have increased our focus on modular design. Our EOS allows select components to be replaced as needed rather than the entire mattress, reducing waste overall. For light weight crib mattresses, we use easily recyclable materials such as polyethylene foam. While we understand recycling facilities for the foam are relatively scarce, we are ready for when more recycling options come online.

Avoiding GMOs – what are your current options?

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

We believe consumers should have a right to know what they are eating and drinking (AND sleeping on!) In a previous post we mentioned our partnership with Just Label It, an organization advocating (more…)

Naturepedic Puts Veggies to Work

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Vegetables are awesome to eat, but they also serve as a sustainable raw material in making bio-based fabrics.  Well played, veggies!

In time for Las Vegas Market*, Naturepedic is announcing the use of (more…)

Naturepedic New Stuff

Monday, July 28th, 2014

In earlier posts I mentioned Naturepedic’s upcoming display at the massive trade show Las Vegas Market in July. It’s not a show without NEW offerings, so here’s the newest of the new from Naturepedic:

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Naturepedic Handmade Mattresses: Real People, Real Quality

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Our mattresses are handmade. Really.

A toy zipping down a conveyor belt, made from wooden pieces cut by a pre-programmed robotic machine then painted by an automated sprayer but in the end assembled (more…)

The Human Side of Organic

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Every purchased product, even if mass produced, was made by somebody with materials gathered or processed by real people.

Naturepedic always remembers that, even when sourcing materials. I am fortunate (more…)

What is Organic Certification?

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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A hidden guest bed with your Symphony organic mattress? Could be!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Call this a Symphony in Comfort

Call this a Symphony in Comfort

Psst. I’ve got some inside information for you. Naturepedic’s newly redesigned and sublimely (more…)

Opinions DO matter!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

When it comes to buying new and more expensive products, the internet has been a saving grace for me.  I scour various sites and blogs for any reviews I can find so that I can make the most informed decision (more…)

Naturepedic’s EOS Customizable Organic Sleep System: Fitting Your Lifestyle AND Up the Stairs

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Naturepedic’s latest certified organic sleep concept the EOS offers many benefits, including customization and ease of ordering.

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