Mattresses take up a ton of room at local landfills. In fact, Zero Waste Wisdom reports that mattresses take up nearly 132,000 square miles of landfill space each year. With many traditional mattresses requiring replacement about every seven years, it makes sense that Americans are disposing of mattresses with alarming frequency, making it a big problem for overburdened local landfills to manage. And, it’s why recycling or upcycling your old mattress is a better choice.
While your old mattress may no longer provide the support you need for a good night’s sleep, that doesn’t mean it is entirely past its prime. Ultimately, finding a way to repurpose or reuse your mattress – in whole or in parts – offers the best option for the sake of the planet.
Here you will find quite a few great ideas for recycling, reusing, or upcycling your old mattress according to the type of mattress you have. Consider these, when possible, to avoid adding your old mattress to the pile of problems local landfills face when managing discarded mattresses.
Believe it or not, there are abundant ways you can repurpose your old mattress, transforming it into something useful, beautiful, and new. These ideas, broken down by the type of mattress you have, can help you breathe new life into your old mattress for even more years of use.
The innerspring core is the essential problem with these mattresses. One that provides many interesting solutions, like the ideas below:
When you use these ideas to repurpose or upcycle your innerspring coils and frame, you should have no trouble finding new ways to use the padding. Even if you are unable to do so, you’ve reduced the total amount of waste going to the landfill on a massive scale.
The foam from mattresses offers other interesting options when it comes to reusing and repurposing. These are a few quick options to consider for recycling and upcycling your old memory foam mattress.
As you can see, memory foam mattresses provide many upcycling options to consider as well.
When using 100 percent natural latex foam mattresses, the opportunities are endless. Not only do you have the advantage of a mattress that is 100 percent recyclable, but you also have the knowledge that this mattress can last 15 years or even longer before the supportive latex foam begins breaking down. Even so, these are a few ideas to consider for upcycling or reusing your old latex foam mattress.
Latex foam lasts a long time, and the fact that it is so easily recycled into other useful forms makes it an attractive option for people who aren’t craftily inclined.
Of course, there are things you can do with all types of mattresses that will give them new lives, such as donating them (call first, as some places are no longer accepting mattresses), selling them, or paying to have them removed from your home. The fact remains that there are many things you can do with your old mattress that do not require landfills.