They should because landfills are
full of them and they are not decomposing anytime soon.
On average, each spring mattress core takes up 42 cubic feet. About 40 million mattresses a year are sent to North American landfills where they occupy a lot of space and take a long time to decompose. Some take as long as 80 to 120 years to decompose and they usually float on top of dumps because of their flexible construction.
How long should a good mattress last?
According to industry experts a good traditional spring mattress should last 8 to 10 years. However, judging from the comments that we hear in our showroom, on a weekly basis, most people complain about their expensive 10 or 15 year (warranty) mattress that is no longer comfortable after 3 or 4 years.
This is primarily due to the fact that the light-weight polyurethane foam, that represents the comfort zone, sags or softens up long before the springs break down. You can still sleep on that mattress for another 4 years but it will be very uncomfortable. The springs will cause pressure points in your shoulders and hips and you will toss and turn – like a fish on dry land – and way more than you would if you had a proper topper.
More mattress sales equal more trips to the dump
Mattresses are a growth industry. The International Sleep Products Association’s “in their Bedding Barometer” reports that wholesale mattress sales in the North America were up 11.7% last year; compared to 2012, while year-to-date unit shipments increased by 7.6%. With millions sold each year, the issue of what to do with the old and uncomfortable mattresses is becoming a rather BIG issue.
There are Biodegradable Options
Foamite makes mattresses with Koosh Natural biodegradable foam that is good for you and the environment. They are for educated consumers that think beyond comfort and design and that know how to get the best value for their money. They shop factory direct where they can buy Real Comfort – superior quality for a lot less than retail.
Our sustainability goal is to only use the right kind of raw materials, to create the things we truly need and ensure that they will last. Our mattresses are so well made that they truly last longer. They are also made with more renewable resources than ever before. And once you are done with it and throw it into a landfill it will biodegrade within 6 to 8 years.
The natural alternative has always been available, at Foamite, even long before it was cool to talk about the environment. Join us in our commitment to respect environmental values.
Act now to sleep better, help keep our landfills clean and to preserve our future.
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FOAMITE INDUSTRIES INC.
R.C. (Bob) Dimas
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