Footprints of the Recycling of Mattresses

  • Project no.450945
  • Duration 08/2016 - 12/2016

Circular Economy is a central strategy to increase the sustainability of products. However, it's challenging to adopt the value chain of mattresses to these criteria. For instance, hygienic requirements limit the life span and composite materials make a recycling difficult.

The Fachverband Matratzen e.V. deals with the question how the value chain has to be designed in a circular economy. In this context the Wuppertal Institute has been instructed to analyse different strategies for disposal and recycling of mattresses from an ecological point of view. The analysis is based on the indicators material Footprint and carbon footprint.