How to recycle a mattress
Mattresses can be recycled through a mechanical or chemical recycling process. Mechanical recycling is almost 100% sustainable as most of the materials in a mattress can be reused. It is, for example, possible to make composite foam by chopping previously used foam into small pieces and shaping and connecting them into a new piece.
During the chemical recycling process, on the other hand, the polyurethane is split through a chemical reaction. After the polyurethane is separated, the polyol part of the polyurethane can be reused. From this raw material, new foams can be produced: Either new soft foams for further mattresses, but also hard foams as used in the construction industry.
The benefit of this procedure is the quality of the recycled product, which compares to non-recycled foams.
To enable a seamless recycling process, the adhesive used to produce the mattress must not interfere with the recycling process. SIMALFA® products are known for their excellent bonding performance with a very low application quantity. Thanks to this characteristic, the adhesives neither interfere with the mechanical nor the chemical recycling process.