What Do I Do With My Old Mattress?


mattress-landfillIt’s important to think about how you’re going to get rid of your old mattress before your new one is delivered. Recycling, donating and selling your mattress are all options that will keep your old mattress out of a landfill so you can enjoy your new mattress knowing that you did your part to help protect the environment.

Did you know?

Americans dispose of an estimated 20 million mattresses and box springs every year and the vast majority end up in landfills or incinerators. That’s roughly 55,000 discarded each and every day. They contribute 450 million pounds of waste and fill more than 100 million cubic feet of landfill space every year. End-on-end, the number of disposed mattresses every year would circle the earth.

How to dispose of a mattress

Get detailed information on the best mattress disposal options from Consumer Affairs

Helpful Article: Why Recycling Economics Are in the Trash


Did you know?

Recycling costs have gone up over the past 30 years. Here is why and what can be done about it.

Interesting blog post by by Richard Coupland III, vice president of municipal sales, Republic Services.

“The recycling model in the United States is fundamentally broken, and while many factors contribute to this issue, the net effects are that the economics of the business are in the trash. On this, America Recycles Day, let’s look at the costs involved in those factors and what changes must be made to ensure the local recycling programs, which consumers know and love, are sustainable for generations to come.”

Read more here at the ICMA website!

Upcycle It! Susan’s Bag Bags

Grab Those Plastic Shopping Bags!

Hi, everyone! Not to take anything away from Litter Bit, but how often do you get the chance to upcycle plastic bags instead of recycle them?

Here’s what you need:

  • Plastic bags
  • Scissors
  • Crochet hook

They’re cute, durable, and every single one is completely unique. And that’s even before you add your own personal touches, like woven yarn art or yarn tassels!

While it isn’t a live-action tutorial, this video will give you an idea about making BAG BAGS:

Used Hotel Soap: Where Does It Go?


If you’re concerned about recycling, then you’ve no doubt worried—at one time or another—about items that don’t seem to be recyclable. For example, soaps; especially those little complementary bars (and the bottles of shampoo and conditioner, for that matter) you get at motels and hotels. Especially if you’ve only stayed one night at a motel, you may have agonized about what will happen to that unfinished bar or bottle you opened. At some places, the answer is yes—unfortunately, many hotels simply throw away those used products and they end up in landfills in the millions (an estimate of five million worldwide are tossed daily, with one million generated by the United States alone). But some hotels recycle their used soaps and shampoos.

Read moreUsed Hotel Soap: Where Does It Go?

Upcycle It! T-Shirt Headband

Get Out Those Old T-Shirts!

Hey guys! This week I thought I’d share another video tutorial for upcycling an old t-shirt into a headband. This makes an easy craft project or a great gift for friends!

Here’s what you need:

    • 1 Old t-shirt
    • Hot glue gun
    • Sharp scissors
    • A ruler

Once you’ve made your headband, you can decorate it with fabric flowers (or use green felt to make a leaf like my headband!) You can even bedazzle it with rhinestones and sequins if you want something that sparkles.

Tutorial for turning an OLD T-SHIRT INTO A HEADBAND:

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The “Three Rs” Plus Two


Meet “Repair” And “Refuse”

These two are the newest members of the ‘R’ family and just like reduce, reuse, and recycle, “repair” and “refuse” are ready to start fighting against the creation of unnecessary waste.

You probably already have the mantra of “reduce, reuse and recycle” down, but there are more Rs you can add to your routine. The Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB) of Minnesota has created a great list of more ways that you can make sure less stuff ends up in the garbage.

Click to read more from “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair, Refuse.”

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