Recycle plastic bottles, re-use bags for shopping, don’t litter, use public transport – they’re all great ways to help the environment, and are topics we see every day. But a quieter topic that’s just as important to help our planet is the issue of mattress disposal and recycling. After a long day, we look forward to laying our heads on a fluffy pillow and snuggling down under a warm duvet. But, when our mattress has lived its last day, we throw them out without another thought. However, the way we treat our mattresses when we no longer need them can be changed to help us reach a sustainable future.
Mattress recycling is growing. This is driven partly by both consumers and businesses wishing to be ‘green’, and partly by the practical limitations of continuing to direct end of life mattresses into landfill. One company that’s doing their bit to encourage mattress recycling is the National Bed Federation (NBF).
What Are The National Bed Federation Doing?
The NBF is working to find the best solutions for the bed industry. They are encouraging their members to think more sustainably, both in terms of how they design their mattresses, and how they produce them.
The NBF have also engaged with governments, with the hope of jointly working towards increasing mattress recycling rates. The NBF have been working with recyclers on a Register of Approved Mattress Recyclers to make sure that less mattresses are being sent to landfill. They’ve also published their Best Practice policy on mattress and components re-use, which forms part of their Code of Practice for their members to adhere to.
In November 2018, The NBF proudly announced a target of 75% of all new mattresses sold since this date to be diverted from landfill by 2028.
What Brands Are Members of the NBF?
Here at SlumberSlumber, we’re proud to work with brands that are members of the NBF. You can see a list of which of our brands are doing their bit in mattress recycling:
- Airsprung Beds
- Rest Assured