Get a Green Night's Sleep
The mattress industry recommends that you replace your mattress every 5-7 years. You may need a new mattress because yours is old or because you would like to try something new. No matter what your reasoning is for replacing your old mattress, there is an eco-friendly route to disposing of it. Here are some tips on how to avoid having your old mattress end up in the landfill.
Mattresses can be a challenge to recycle, but throwing it out to the curb so it can end up in the landfill can have a hefty impact on the planet. About 40 million mattresses are disposed of in the U.S. every year, and take up a considerate amount of space. To find a center near you, visit Earth911. About 90% of the average mattress can be removed for recycling.
If there aren't any facilities in your area that will take your mattress, then utilize your local charities. In some areas, Salvation Army will accept old mattresses, refurbish them, and then donate or sell them to underprivileged families. Also, Craigslist and Freecycle are great websites for giving away or selling old furniture on your own.
When picking out your new mattress, think green. If you prefer a traditional spring mattress, try to locate a company that uses recycled steel for their coils. Looking for a new style? Many eco-friendly options exist these days including mattresses with organic cotton and latex, bamboo blend fabrics, and bio-foam (a new type of memory foam that replaces 20% of the petroleum oil with castor bean oil). Those tend to be a bit pricier but their durability makes up for it. For example, a natural latex core mattress can last for decades!
The more life you can get from a mattress, the longer it will be before it begins to show signs of wear and tear. Make sure you take care of your investment! Flip your mattress every few months. If you have a pillow top mattress, you cannot flip it so be sure to rotate instead. Also, investing in a mattress protector to prevent rips and staining will increase your chances of being able to donate or sell your mattress down the road (not to mention that most warranties are void once your mattress is stained).