Article from Green Business Bureau:
Mattresses pose a serious problem when it comes to disposal. These large household products take up more than their fair share of space in landfills because they’re difficult to compact, clog machinery, and create large soft spaces that can turn into sinkholes after filling. The problem of mattress disposal can be confronted from two sides. The first is to recycle old mattresses, reusing their components to make new products. The other side of the equation involves purchasing organic/natural, biodegradable mattresses. For those in the hotel industry, understanding how to make smarter mattress purchase and recycling decisions can help positively impact green programs your organization may be undertaking.
Mattresses are a complex product with numerous recyclable components. Mattress recycling programs deconstruct the bed, removing the materials that can be reused or repurposed. This process not only prevents the mattress from entering a landfill but also reduces the need to use more natural resources in product manufacturing.
Depending on the mattress type, the components that can be reused include:
- Foam: The foam used in the comfort layer of the mattress can be compressed to make carpet padding, oil filters, mats, and upholstery stuffing.
- Fabric: The exterior fabric, whether it’s natural or synthetic, can be shredded and made into other textiles.
- Metal: Innerspring mattresses can have as much as 25 pounds of steel coils. Once removed, these coils can be melted down to make tools, construction materials, and auto parts.
- Wood: The wooden frame of a box spring can be used in flooring or chipped to be used as mulch or compost.
Not all recycling facilities offer mattress recycling. Hotels are in a unique position, with the high number of mattresses they require, to develop mattress recycling programs within their local communities for their use and the use of community members.
BETTER MATTRESS CHOICES
The other side of mattress disposal is making wise purchasing choices. Everyone from private consumers to large hotel chains can make purchasing decisions that protect the environment. While there’s not a mattress available on the market today that will completely break down without a trace, there are 95 percent biodegradable mattress options.
NATURAL LATEX MATTRESSES
Natural latex mattresses begin as sap from a rubber tree. Through one of two manufacturing processes, that sap eventually becomes a natural latex mattress. Of the two processes, Dunlop and Talalay, Dunlop latex mattresses are the most biodegradable and won’t create sinkholes in a landfill. These mattresses come with a high price tag, and they will still be composed of anywhere from 5-40 percent synthetic latex.
NATURAL AND ORGANIC MATTRESS OPTIONS
If an expensive natural latex mattress is out of your budget, there are hybrid latex/innerspring mattresses that are highly biodegradable, but don’t carry such a hefty price tag. In this case, keep an eye out for eco-friendly components like:
- Plant-based polyfoam
- Plant-based memory foam
- Organic fibers in the cover like cotton or wool
- Wool, cotton, thistle, or Kevlar fire socks
Because there are no regulations or standards for what constitutes a “green” mattress, you’ll need to look for certifications from organizations that monitor environmental impact rather than trusting a “natural” or “organic” listing on a sales tag. A few certifications to watch for include:
- Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS): GOTS certifies that both raw materials and their derivatives are 95 percent organic.
- Cradle to Cradle: Cradle to cradle looks for carbon emissions, water conservation and ecological impact throughout the manufacturing process. It’s used to monitor latex and organic materials used in mattress covers.
- United States Department of Agriculture Organic (USDA): This certification evaluates any crops or agricultural products used to produce components of the mattress.
Taking the time to recycle old mattresses and research your next mattress purchase are both great ways to keep mattresses out of landfills. For an example of a hotel that is currently undertaking a mattress recycling program, check out this recent article on Hilton’s recycling initiative.
Rick Blanchard is an expert on sleep product materials and manufacturing for BestMattressReviews.com. His research covers the entire life cycle of mattresses and bedding, including production, wear over time, and disposal. Rick lives in Tarrytown, New York.
We know the classics: starfish, fetal, side, stomach, stick straight, and many more. However, what is the best sleep position for you and how can you get the most out of your sleep position?
There are so many different ways to sleep on your side, but all help relieve and calm insomnia and chronic sleep deprivation. While sleeping on your side, putting a pillow between your legs/knees can also relieve back pain by taking pressure off your hips and lower back. P.S — many believe it is most comfortable to bend your knees towards the chest while sleeping on your side. “This position (where your torso and legs are relatively straight) also helps decrease acid reflux, and since your spine is elongated, it wards off back and neck pain. Plus, you’re less likely to snore in this snooze posture, because it keeps airways open. For that reason, it’s also the best choice for those with sleep apnea” (National Sleep Foundation).
If sleeping on your back is your most comfortable sleep position maybe try a few of these alternatives. Back sleeping is known to cause lower back pain and episodes of sleep apnea. This can cause a lack of sleep and overall restfulness. To ease these symptoms place a pillow under your knees to allow your spine to curve naturally. On Health.com, ” It’s also ideal for fighting acid reflux, says Eric Olson, MD, a sleep medicine specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. ‘If the head is elevated, your stomach will be below your esophagus so acid or food can’t come back up.'” Healthy Sleeping Positions
Though it can be done, and with fewer risks with a proper pillow, many sleep professionals are against sleeping on your stomach due to the major strain on your lower back and neck. Stomach sleepers also tend to have more restlessness and don’t feel fully alert because of tossing and turning at night. If you sleep on your stomach try your best to sleep with a thin pillow, if any, this allows your neck and vertebrae to align and cause less strain. Stated by the National Sleep Foundation, “seven percent of adults pick this pose, but it can lead to back and neck pain, since it’s hard to keep your spine in a neutral position. Plus, stomach sleepers put pressure on their muscles and joints, possibly leading to numbness, tingling, aches, and irritated nerves.”
The Rossa™ certified organic mattress is a customizable one-sided zipper-cover mattress. It features pocket-coil technology, encased in natural biodegradable materials, paired with a certified organic latex layer on the surface. Choose a split or solid latex comfort layer with firmness options in plush, medium, or firm. A sculpted surface is available at an additional charge to add pressure-point relief and increase air circulation, helping sleepers stay cool and comfortable. The pocket-coil springs are placed in a certified organic cotton encasement to prevent shifting over time. Covered in 10-oz. certified organic cotton on the bottom, the mattress is finished with our signature quilted woven cover.
*DEPTH: Approximately 12″
CORE: Pocket-Coil Innerspring System
SURFACE: GOLS-Certified Organic Natural Rubber Latex**
COVER: Quilted GOTS-Certified Organic Wool and GOTS-Certified Organic Cotton Cover
SYNTHETIC FIRE RETARDANTS: None
SIZES: Twin – King
FOUNDATION: Wood-Slat Foundation with slat spacing no greater than 1”
WARRANTY: 20-Year Limited Warranty
Rossa Foundation Requirements
The Rossa mattress requires a unique foundation. The coil springs used in most supporting box springs are approximately 3 inches in diameter. The diameter of coils used in the Rossa mattress is approximately 1.5 inches. What this means, is that to prevent the pocket coils from resting on an unsupported space, one of the following options must be used:
- Order the Rossa with the coordinating OMI foundation, which is padded to offer the coils proper support.
- Order the Rossa with the supplemental foundation layer. The supplemental foundation layer can then be placed on top of a supportive platform bed, box spring, or foundation.
- Place on a slat bed frame with no more than 1 inch between slats (most platform bed frames have 2-3 inch space between slats)
Not using proper support could void the warranty
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Thank you for visiting our new blog! I thought in our first blog, we would talk a little about what our store is all about. We are Vermont’s largest natural mattress showroom. We feature mattresses from brands like Organicpedics, Savvy Rest, Green Sleep, White Lotus, Heart of Vermont and Ergovea! Our mattresses are made of all natural materials such as Natural Latex, Wool and Organic Cotton. Wool acts as a natural fire retardant, so there is no need to spray fire retardant chemicals on our mattresses!
If you are looking to live a more chemical free lifestyle and reduce toxic chemicals from your home, the mattresses in our showroom could be the perfect solution for you! We have mattress options that can fit almost any budget. A queen green cotton and wool mattress made by White Lotus starts at $915.00! The mattress is all natural and made in the USA!
We also carry Vermont made bed frames from Vermont Furniture Design in Winooski VT. Their bed frames come in either Cherry, Maple or Walnut. If you are need of bedding or pillows, we have those too. We have pillows made of wool, kapok or shredded/molded latex. Beautiful organic cotton bedding such as sheets, duvet covers, quilts and mattress pads and from brands like Coyuchi and Sleep and Beyond. We also have access to the full line of Cisco Brothers Furniture. The most sustainable and comprehensive line of furniture found possibly anywhere. Just beautiful!
We look forward to welcoming you into our new showroom located at 3198 Shelburne Road in Shelburne Vermont. Thank you so much for your interest in having a natural nights sleep!
Mike & Shannon