John Lewis & Partners have released a range of Harrison Spinks mattresses that can be recycled at the end of their life. Anyone who watched Inside the Factory last night on BBC Two will know that each Harrison Spinks mattress is manufactured with sustainability in mind, but the new range also tackles the issue of mattress disposal when your mattress inevitably needs replacing.
Even the best mattress will become worn after many years of use and disposal can be tricky. Each year an estimated 7.5 million mattresses are sent to landfill, according to The Furniture Recycling Group that works in partnership with John Lewis. John Lewis already offers a mattress and divan recycling service and collected over 66,000 mattresses from customers last year, but this new collection will ensure all elements of the mattress can be reused.
The Natural Collection mattresses have been designed with supreme comfort in mind, made with 3,400 new CortecTM springs that not only fit to the shape of your body, but can be recycled, too. To remove the need for glue which is hard to break down, these springs are laid like a blanket inside the mattress. The springs are also made in Britain, supporting British industry and reducing the carbon footprint of the mattress. The steel they are made from is strong but light, meaning reduced weight and thus lower emissions in transit.
Hemp – sourced from the Harrison Spinks farm in Yorkshire – has been used for all nine mattresses in the Natural Collection. This is durable and more absorbent than cotton and can be counted as a carbon negative raw material. The outer fabric, also woven in the North of England is made from cellulose and finished with steam meaning no harsh chemicals are involved in the process.
The mattresses start at £650 for a single – a small price to pay for sustainable quality.