Mattresses are our friends.
For years, mattresses selflessly serve our sleeping
pleasure. We should all be grateful for our mattresses;
after all, most of us were conceived on one.
Why, then, are our mattresses being abandoned in dumps
and left to the seagulls? Every year in the U.S. 40 million
mattresses get thrown in the trash. Don’t our mattresses
deserve another chance?
Architecture for Humanity and Rubicon National Social Innovations
invite entrants to create innovative ways of converting used mattresses
into useful products.
The competition aims to encourage entrants to form groups capable of
creating a consumer product, instructions detailing how to make the
product, and a plan for production on a larger scale.
As somebody who’s had a brush with bedbugs, I do not promote the reuse of trashed mattresses. I shudder to think of the consequences!