IKEA has decided to fix it at 20 parts as using too much recycled polyol in the foam leads to the loss of its recovery properties. However, recycled polyol technology is quickly evolving, and we may soon find better solutions to this challenge, says Jose.
The project is in the final stages now, where the testing of the product is going on to ensure it meets all IKEA requirements.
Once implemented, it can open the way for a circular business model for mattresses at IKEA. The foam created through recycled polyol is no different from the one created using virgin fossil-based polyol for durability and comfort.
Caroline, Jose and the team are hopeful that it will not be long before the first mattress with post-consumer recycled foam filling meets customers in the IKEA store.
"The disassembly process where everything comes apart is quite automated, but not 100 per cent. And this is a general challenge that we and the industry have faced with recycling – how to sort between different colours, material qualities, blends and erstwhile chemicals," says Caroline.
According to estimates, mattresses should be replaced every six to eight years under normal conditions. This means people will discard mattresses.
Hence, IKEA has also innovated with the new range of mattresses by focusing on reducing foam consumption whilst also increasing quality and comfort. The new VESTERÖY, for example, is constructed with more springs, with nearly 50 per cent less foam compared with its forerunner HÖVÅG, while keeping the high level of quality for comfortable sleep.
All this for a good night's sleep – on a mattress that's good for you and the environment.