John Lewis sells world's first fully recyclable hemp-filled mattress
UK-based department store giant "John Lewis" is launching the world's first sustainable recyclable king-size mattress, filled with hemp made by bedding maker Harrison Spinks. The 180-year-old company uses hemp instead of foam to fill the mattress and uses sheep wool from its own farm in an effort to be more durable.
The mattress John Lewis super king-size and the Natural collection costs £ 1199, however a double bed mattress will set you back £ 479 and a single bed costs £ 399.
Simon Spinks, Managing Director of the company, said: “A fully sustainable mattress is a world first. It is foam and glue free and made entirely 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's the world's first circular mattress, which means that at the end of its life it can be deconstructed and recycled, or taken apart and made into an entirely new product.
All mattress fillings are grown on the company's 120 hectare farm in Bolton Percy, North Yorkshire.
Simon explained, “We bought the farm so we could grow our own natural mattress fillings, like wool and hemp, to reduce the volume of synthetics that are usually found in mattresses, which unfortunately end up being mostly by being landfilled. "
For the record, he decided to invest in hemp after a conversation over a beer.
“I wanted to start growing hemp on the farm after a conversation with a farmer I met in the pub, after asking him what could be grown easily and quickly in the UK,” Simon revealed.
“After doing some research, I also discovered the sustainability qualities of the plant and the quality of its growth for the environment. I planted it on the farm and we started using it as a filling for our mattresses. ”
And Simon swears he is much better than cottonbecause it can absorb much more moisture. It also has environmental benefits, because for every half a 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 bolstered its green reputation with its own sustainable forest for timber. And Simon promises that the durable mattress doesn't compromise on comfort. He said, “Believe it or not, the materials used actually make a more comfortable mattress. 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 weren't sure 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 be on sale later this year. The company was also honored by the royal family for its groundbreaking work. He received the Queen's Award for Enterprise in recognition of the recyclable mattress.