Spring Back Recycling began in Nashville, Tenn., through a partnership between Belmont Church’s Isaiah 58 Ministries and Belmont University’s student-led Enactus (formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise) organization. The Belmont students’ Spring Back mattress recycling business model was presented at the Enactus World Cup competition in Washington, D.C. last September, winning first place out of submissions by students from more than 1,700 universities in 38 countries.
“Spring Back Recycling is an ideal triple bottom line social enterprise, providing an economic, social, and environmental benefit,” said John Gonas, Belmont professor who serves as an Enactus faculty advisor. “Not only do the men in Isaiah 58 have access to sustainable employment and small business training, but hundreds of thousands of pounds of solid waste are being diverted from area landfills. More than 98 percent of all mattress and box spring
components are recycled, while the program pays for itself. We are very grateful for the partnership with Sleep Outfitters, Mattress Warehouse and Mattress King.”
While some states have introduced legislation to deal with discarded and recycled mattresses, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) is proposing federal legislation to address the problem.
About Sleep Outfitters, Mattress Warehouse, Mattress King and Innovative Mattress Solutions
The team at Sleep Outfitters, Mattress Warehouse and Mattress King, as part of the parent company Innovative Mattress Solutions based in Winfield, WV, believes a better night’s sleep is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Their comfort promise helps customers rest easy, knowing they have 120 days to make a change
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