Americans discarded up to 40 million mattresses and box springs in 2006. About 70 percent of them wound up in landfills. For example: Minnesotans purchase 600,000 mattresses a year and send a comparable number to the landfill. With Green Springs, Azin Valy of I-Beam Design intends to help reduce landfill waste while decreasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
In addition, Valy hopes to encourage the beautification of urban landscapes, using discarded bed springs to create green walls attached to existing building facades as free-standing screens or as horizontal trellises on green roofs; salvaged mattresses will reduce energy consumption by keeping the building cooler in the summer and greatly reducing the “heat island” effect.
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