How to Recycle your old mattress: Choose our sustainable Ely Mattress

The unfortunate reality is that every mattress that has served you well over the years reaches its end. The general consensus is that you should replace your mattress every 10 years but – according to recent studies from the Sleep Council – you should in fact swap it out every 6 to 8 years.

It isn’t surprising they would say this, as they have links to beds. They’re the consumer education arm of the National Bed Federation, who are a trade association for British bed manufacturers.

But, whether you believe their advice or not, your mattress should be replaced when it is old. The better quality your mattress is, the longer it takes it to age.

Naturally, manufacturers of mattresses want you to purchase more mattresses, as they make money when you do.

So, to start, we would ask that you make sure now is absolutely the right time to buy a new mattress in the first place. If environmental consciousness is your issue, that’s the first question you should ask.

Once you’ve established that it is, we can move on to how you recycle your old mattress.

How do I know it is time to change my mattress?

If your mattress has exceeded the manufacturer’s specified lifespan, it’s probably time to let go. However, don’t take this as verbatim. Perhaps you bought your mattress ten years ago and hardly ever sleep on it, or maybe you’re single and only sleep on one side. There are individual circumstances that might enhance the lifespan of your mattress, meaning it isn;t time to recycle it yet.

Some signs you definitely need to replace your mattress include:

  • Sagging
  • Loss of comfort
  • Spine is no longer in the correct alignment
  • Stiffness and soreness when you awake
  • Asthma or allergies begin to get worse
  • Tears or rips impacting the build
  • Being able to feel the springs

If you are at this stage – and you are starting to think a new mattress is sounding like the right thing to do – ask yourself; what is the next chapter in the story of my old mattress?

Go green with a company like Ely

The environment is incredibly important, and lots of consumers are realising it. That means they’re looking to find companies that can help them keep their carbon footprint low. When you’re buying a mattress, the best way to do this is to look for mattress companies that not only make environmentally friendly mattresses, but can help you recycle your old one.

Here at Ely, we’re on a mission to ensure waste mattresses do not end up in landfill. We offer the option to recycle your old mattress when you buy a new one with us. Ely values the environment and want to make a difference in waste management.

Every year in the UK alone, an estimated 6 million old mattresses find their way to landfill. Not only are they full of harmful chemicals, but they take hundreds of years to break down. It is likely that every mattress you ever had will outlive you. We’re running out of space.

The good news is that people are becoming more environmental and eco-conscious. They want to make the planet a better, cleaner place.

Here at Ely, we offer products that are completely biodegradable, and recycle old mattresses. And we’re not the only company operating like this. It’s down to you to make the right choice.

We also make products that last longer, which means you need to replace them less, thus having a positive impact on the environment.

We partner with The Furniture Recycling Group, who offer a magnificent service. They’ll responsibly strip your old mattress down and recycle its components. THey’ve recycled over 1 million mattresses to date and have no doubt reduced the huge number of mattresses that end up in landfill. We’re proud to be part of this initiative.

Our sustainable mattress

Hand made in the UK with natural materials, our mattresses are 100% biodegradable and non-toxic. Our aim is to be the UK’s number one natural mattress manufacturer, with prices that are affordable. We want to make the best mattresses we can without impacting quality or hurting the environment, and we want them to be healthy for you and comfortable to sleep on. You’ll have a healthy, planet-friendly sleep.

Make a difference

If you care about the environment, look for organisations who boast about their environmental practices, as this aligns with how they operate. You want any company you buy things from to marry with your ethics, as this makes you a conscious and courteous buyer.

Look for companies like us, who have alliances with companies that will help you achieve your goal. Our partnership with The Furniture Recycling Group will make recycling your old mattress easier, and the natural materials within our mattresses mean that when they reach the end of their life you’re not doing any further damage to the environment.

Here at Ely, we take our impact on the environment very seriously and love to declare it.

We would love to talk to you, so if you have any questions, please contact us on 0203 476 3805. You can also email us at






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