The mattress. Inconspicuous, white, clean and elementary for a good night’s sleep. But what happens when the mattress is no longer needed? Where to put this bulky and complicatedly constructed part?
In Switzerland, there are no solutions for recycling mattresses. As a result, 500,000 to 1 million mattresses are incinerated every year. The 2030 target of the Federal Office for the Environment aims for a circular material cycle of 75%, requiring bold action in the Swiss mattress industry. Since over 80% of the product-related environmental impacts are determined in the design phase, this is the first place to start.
The practical master’s thesis experiments with material, manufacturing processes and service design scenarios. The work is iteratively developed in collaboration with the mattress manufacturer Roviva, other actors along the value chain and end consumers. The goal is to establish sustainable and recyclable mattress design guidelines in Switzerland and prove its feasibility with a mattress prototype. / Joel Hügli, expected MAD 2022