Royal Auping and DSM-Niaga developed a completely redesigned mattress. Every component of the new modular design can be separated easily and is fully recyclable for re-use in a new mattress. Mattresses are one of the main contributors to global landfill waste due to the complex combination of materials glued together. Royal Auping and DSM-Niaga have developed an alternative for mattress manufacturing, including local recycling, that also enables frequent maintenance for quality and hygiene purposes. The first mattresses will be placed at Landal GreenParks resorts before the end of the year.
An estimated 1,5 million mattresses are disposed every year in the Netherlands alone, 35 million in Europe and 20 million in the US. An increased focus on recycling by mattress manufacturers has grown the demand for reduced materials complexity and new ways to connect layers in a reversible manner.
It all started at Royal Auping more than a century ago with the quest for good sleep. With DSM-Niaga’s support, today’s innovative solution is found in modularity, healthy materials and the closed loop approach of the (re)production. The fully recyclable mattress excels in airflow and has a modular design that consists of six components: the ticking, comfort layer, pocket spring, felt floor, zippers and tape rush which are brought together by yarn and a reversible adhesive. All components can be easily replaced when comfort or hygiene demands, securing a good night’s sleep again and again. The unique collaboration of local production and partners, all within 100km / 60 miles of the Auping factory, facilitates local recycling without compromising on quality.
In the collaboration with DSM-Niaga, Royal Auping used its experience in manufacturing of high quality mattresses and now added circularity as a leading factor. Says Jan-Joost Bosman, CEO of Royal Auping: “Comfort and body support have been crucial for as long as Auping has existed. Over the years our focus shifted from the product to the actual service we provide to people every day: a good night sleep. This new focus introduced new design challenges as airflow through the mattress, replacement of end of life parts, and the impact of all elements on our sleep and long-term health.”
According to Kelly Hall, Managing Director of DSM-Niaga. “Conscious of the fact that most mattresses end up landfill or incinerated, we used all of DSM-Niaga’s materials science to meet Auping’s demands for quality and comfort, by using only materials that are known for no negative impact on our health, fully recyclable into new mattress components, and connected in a reversible way. We have been impressed by the dedication of the Auping team to find new ways of manufacturing, and we are truly impressed by Auping’s knowhow of the nightly hours we all recharge.”
Auping has worked for 130 years now on solutions in the area of sleep and the power of rest. Our conviction: a rested world is a better world. Every day we work on the ultimate sleep comfort of tomorrow. It is our mission to work with passion and curiosity to provide products and services that ensure you can live your well life well rested and relaxed, energetic, alert and pleasant. Sustainability, design, and innovation are our main drivers. Auping is an A-brand, production and retail company based in Deventer (The Netherlands) that has become the circular bed and mattress specialist and market leader in The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg with several sales outlets in Europe and distribution across a large part of the world. Auping is all about customisation, handwork, and craftsmanship. For a well-rested, better life for everyone.
DSM-Niaga is a joint venture, established in 2014, between the start-up Niaga and DSM. Niaga has the mission to redesign everyday products from the ground up. The aim is to make products fully recyclable in an easy and affordable way, without compromising on quality or price. Carpet was the first product Niaga redesigned, and many more products will follow.
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Royal DSM is a purpose-led global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative business solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.