Most organisations can’t take old and used mattresses due to health reasons which is completely understandable given the amount of dust, bedbugs and bacteria an old mattress can harbor.
One issue with mattresses is the use of chemical flame retardants, these can prove to be toxic not only to humans but when dumped in landfill.
The chemicals can leach from the mattress and contaminate the wider environment through seepage into groundwater.
Choosing a New Mattress
When shopping for a new mattress, give some thought to what you’re going to do when the new one wears out.
One of the best ways to do this is to avoid mattresses with springs but for an even more environmentally friendly choice, look for mattresses made from materials such as certified wood frames, natural latex cores, wool, bamboo, hemp and organic cotton.
If you have your heart set on a spring mattress, try to locate one that uses recycled steel for the springs.
The use of components such as wool also removes the need for chemical fire retardants to be used.
If your budget isn’t too tight, consider spending a little more on a mattress than you usually would… We spend up to a third of our lives lying on a mattress so you may as well be comfortable!
While environmentally friendly mattresses tend to cost a little more, the added benefit is they can last far longer… A good quality core mattress can last for decades.
Using Silver in Mattresses and Bedding
It is best to purchase a mattress and bedding that uses silver thread or silver zeolite.
Silver has been medically proven to kill bacteria and dust mites and some viruses.