Recycle your mattress -- and rest easy

  • Article by: KARLEE WEINMANN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 18, 2009 - 12:54 PM

A Minneapolis plant run by nonproft PPL Industries is recycling mattresses that once were dumped in landfills.

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eunomianJul. 14, 09 8:29 PM

Great article: hopefully more start-ups like this are in the offing!

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verdin11Jul. 14, 0910:29 PM

I would suggest they open a facility in Southern Arizona where discarded mattresses seem to litter the shoulders of nearly every highway.

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bosshogJul. 15, 09 7:17 AM

People could buy mattresses which are made from cotton padding and canvas completely avoiding the need to worry about some plastic petroleum based foam infused with a synthetic fire retardant that shows up in women's breast milk. The cotton mattresses use wool as the fire retardant since wool is naturally fire-resistant. You'd be supporting US farmers as well since the market for wool in the US is so bad that most sheep farmers simply throw the wool out. I've had my all cotton/wool mattress for 4 years now and love it.

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framptonJul. 18, 09 8:35 PM

Heard somewhere that some guys will just recover an old one and sell you the "bargain". Buy name brand from reputable dealers only...avoid making "rash" decisions

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mclass35Jul. 20, 09 1:49 PM

Another government subsidy was needed for this ? If this was such a good idea, why can't the capital come from the private sector ?

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MellersAug. 18, 09 9:24 PM

If you want to talk government subsidy, be fair. Many start-up "waste-to-product" ideas start with government subsidies.

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