Since becoming a household staple around the 1940s, the modern mattress has similarly been a commonplace item in tips and junkyards across the globe.
Namely because back in the day, mattress disposal options were slim. Technology was limited and awareness about the item’s environmental impact was minimal. Unable to be resold or donated, a mattress was simply destined for the dump.
But today in 2015, things are different. A global push towards curbing our negative impact on the planet gains momentum daily. Once little-known terms such as ‘sustainability’, ‘environmentally friendly’, and ‘carbon footprint’ are now everyday lingo.
We’ve run out of justifications for abandoning mattresses to landfill, so why are there still 1.25 million dumped annually in Australia alone, making them landfill’s biggest waste?
There’s a better way – that’s where Bed Collect comes in.
We collect mattresses from across Victoria otherwise destined for landfill. At our Melbourne factory, each mattress undergoes a rigorous process of sanitisation and transformative refurbishment.
From there, our Australian-made mattresses are:
· Distributed to charities for a heavily discounted price and frequently donated
· Sold in our online store for fraction of RRP
· Dismantled completely with 95 per cent of components recycled into things such as carpet underlay or steel objects.
Our big-picture focus in seeking to drastically reduce landfill waste is matched by our commitment to community-minded business practices.
We’re proud to support local charities with regular donations and to provide significant reductions on the price of refurbished mattresses. We also take pride in our employment program, which seeks to grant opportunities to individuals who’ve encountered difficulties finding work.
Previously working in the furniture industry, It was surprising at how often people asked how to dispose of their used furniture, especially mattresses.
Second hand furniture can be sold, but what about mattresses?
Intrigued, a few of us began to investigate and research options for clients.
Mattresses unlike furniture are generally not deemed fit for re-sale or donation to charity. The only apparent option people had was to dump them in Landfill.However Landfill dumping I learnt was a major environmental issue in Australia and in fact Worldwide. Issues such as the enormous space taken up by mattresses and the damage the cause to machinery in Landfill operations.
There had to be a another way!
Further investigation and research led my team to realising that we could actually solve the problem. The answer was simple, collect mattresses from people or organisations for a small fee, and then recycle them. In fact we can re-cycle 95% of the components of a mattress.
We could help do our part to save the environment. But we could go further!
We found that some mattresses are in really good condition. But they can not be given to Charity because of health concerns. We found that we could solve that too, but cleaning and sanitising the mattress. So when we collect a good mattress suitable for a child or adult in desperate need, we clean and sanitise it and donate it directly to Charity.
We could help others. So we formed BedCollect a company that driven by people who want to make a difference to the environment and to people!