Mattresses are typically made from synthetic materials derived from natural gas and petrochemicals. To keep critters away from your bed and protect you at night, they are also treated with pesticides, fungicides and flame retardants. Steel springs that are recycled can also contain contaminants from that process. The cotton used for mattresses is also treated with huge amounts of chemicals, and the wood in mattresses may be harvested in an unsustainable manner, according to the first source below. Mattresses are replaced every seven years on average, and wind up in landfills. An idea for a more eco-friendly mattress life is to use interchangeable parts that can be replaced when needed, so that the whole thing doesn’t have to wind up in a landfill.
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