John Lewis sells world's first fully recyclable hemp-filled mattress
UK-based department store giant "John Lewis" launches the world's first durable, recyclable king-size mattress, filled with hemp by bedding manufacturer Harrison Spinks. The 180-year-old company uses hemp instead of foam to fill the mattress and uses sheep's wool from its own farm in order to be more sustainable.
The mattress John Lewis' super king size collection from the Natural collection costs £ 1199, however a double bed mattress will cost you £ 479 and a single bed costs £ 399.
Simon Spinks, the company's general manager, said: “A fully durable mattress is a world first. It is foam-free and glue-free and entirely made from biodegradable or recyclable materials.
Harrison Spinks, who appeared in the series BBC Inside The Factory with Gregg Wallace, found a way to build bedding without using glue after years of development by its engineers.
"In fact, it is the first circular mattress in the world, which means that at the end of its life, it can be deconstructed and recycled, or disassembled and transformed into an entirely new product.
All mattress pads are grown on the company's 120-hectare farm in Bolton Percy, North Yorkshire.
Simon explained: “We bought the farm so that we could grow our own natural mattress padding, such as wool and hemp, to reduce the amount of synthetic material that is usually found in mattresses, and which unfortunately ends up most of the time by being landfilled. "
For the anecdote, he decided to invest in hemp after a conversation over a beer.
"I wanted to start growing hemp on the farm after talking to a farmer I met in the pub, after asking him what could be grown quickly and easily in the UK," said Simon.
“After doing some research, I also discovered the durability qualities of the plant and the quality of its growth for the environment. I planted it on the farm and we started using it to fill our mattresses. ”
And Simon swears that he is much better than cottonbecause it can absorb much more moisture. It also has environmental benefits, because for every half hectare of hemp grown for commercial purposes, one tonne of carbon dioxide is absorbed. Simon estimates that the company saves 1300 tonnes of CO2 each year.
Harrison Spinks has strengthened its ecological reputation with its own sustainable forest for wood. And Simon promises that the durable mattress does not compromise comfort. He said, “Believe it or not, the materials used make this mattress more comfortable. We would never do any technical development that would compromise the comfort of our mattresses, in fact most of our developments have certainly improved the quality of the product.
“While we were developing this mattress, we didn’t really know what the end result would be in terms of comfort, but in fact, by removing the glue, we have significantly improved the spring unit, so you have the best of both worlds . "
The durable mattress is already available and the fully recyclable mattress will go on sale later this year. The company was also honored by the royal family for their revolutionary work. He received the Queen's Award for Enterprise in recognition of the recyclable mattress.