DON'T THROW IT AWAY: Suggestions on recycling your natural bedding
Many years down the road, your Holy Lamb Organics natural bedding will begin to deteriorate back to the earth. We are encouraging you to do just that instead of throwing it in the landfill. Even when your bedding is ready to retire, it still has many wonderful uses and we hope that it will be seen as a potential resource.
First, we must recognize the organic cotton and wool products use a lot of energy to become bedding. From growing the cotton to harvesting, spinning, weaving, shipping. From raising the sheep, shearing, washing, carding, and milling it into batting. These raw materials are then serged, stuffed, tufted and then shipped to you. That's a lot of embodied energy invested into every organic bedding product and its shipping. What a shame for such a product at the end of it's life to end up with the plastic and discarded uselessness of a landfill.
Here are some great alternatives to throwing your organic bedding into the landfill:
1. Cut it into scrap pieces and incorporate into a patchwork quilt.
2. Make curtains.
3. Rip fabric into small shreds and throw it into a long term compost. Take scissors and make a small slit in the fabric. Grasp fabric firmly with both hands and just rip it into a long strip. This is a very easy way to make thin long strips.
4. Use the fabric for a costume. Experiment with natural dyes to change it to different colors.
5. Use as a paint drop-cloth
For Wool & Fabric Products (I.E Comforters, and Pillows.)
6. Pet Beds: Pass on your beloved bedding to your beloved pet. Cats and dogs love wool bedding. They have an intuitive feeling that upon this wool bedding is the perfect resting spot. Animals can easily sense what is good for them, while it takes us humans a little longer sometimes! If you have a comforter or mattress top, fold it in half and then in half again then sew up the edges. This will make a perfect dog bed. For a pillow, do nothing, it will make a perfect size cat or small dog bed. For a body pillow, just cut in half.
7. Mulch it. Do you have an area in your landscape that you need to start over? Many people use black plastic or a landscape "fabric" mesh to put on top of problematic weeds. Instead of putting these plastics in the ground that will eventually pollute your landscape, try laying down a comforter or mattress top. Just mulch it! Doesn't that sound fun? You can even create a whole new bed where there used to be grass. Cut the wool comforter or wool mattress topper to the shape of the area to be covered and lay it down. If you already have a landscape design with trees and shrubs mapped out then place a flag where they will be placed. Underneath each flag, cut a large X with a utility knife or scissors. This will give you an easy place to plant your tree or shrub. Then cover this area with about 6" of a good top soil or compost mix. Plant away. Smaller perennials and annuals will have enough soil on top to establish a root base. And as the fabric breaks down they will be able to go deeper as the plant matures in age. Voila, a whole new plant bed! Doesn't that feel good!
8. For Felted Items: If, sadly enough, your comforter or topper was felted through machine agitation, try taking off the fabric cover and cutting up the felted wool into smaller pieces. It can be great as a bath mat, seat cushion, car cushion, pet bed, great for dollmaking, art projects and fun project materials for kids to play with.
9: Insulation If you are doing construction, remodeling, or just have "leaky" areas in your attic or garage, use the wool to plug the "leaks". If wool helped you stay warm when it was your bedding, the life cycle of these matured materials can be extended by utilizing the wool as insulation.
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