So I have a neck/shoulder problem that started about three years ago and has become much worse (boo hoo! poor me!) since having a baby. All of the feeding, carrying, rocking and lifting while doing a million other things clearly isn't helping.
One of the things I had never considered doing about it, despite seeing a chiropractor, doing stretching and yoga, then an osteopath and currently a physiotherapist, was to buy a new mattress. Silly, I know, but true.
The osteopath was the fist specialist to suggest it, bless her! It took a good 6 months for us to do anything about buying one though. I'm pretty sure I whinged to poor Mr Fix It for at least that amount of time but finding time to go mattress shopping is difficult. Let's face it, the idea of buying a new mattress is daunting so that didn't help either.
We finally managed to get there on what could have been the worst possible day. My neck had been quite sore for a couple of weeks and I had gone out for a friend birthday the evening before so I had a slight hangover from the few wines I had consumed. In short, I was a desperate woman seeking an answer to all of my problems.
We tried to play it cool but of course the smooth talking salesman, who had a toy box that kept Turtle happily amused while we compared various mattresses, helped us buy a (rather expensive!) mattress in the first shop we went into. In our defence, it was great service and we just don't have the time or energy to shop around anymore. We're still not sure that we made the right decision but I do feel so much more supported in bed and my neck isn't sore in the morning when I wake up. Definitely an improvement.
The point of this whole post (apologies for the rambling about my neck!) is that when we bought the mattress we were given information, at our request, on how to recycle our old mattress through Garbologie.
Garbologie had approached the bed shop to see if they would promote their recycling service to customers. I'm not 100% sure if our Local Council does recycle mattresses as part of the hard rubbish or verge collections since we are in the southern suburbs. I know that the northern suburbs do recycle mattresses. However, I decided that I wanted to support this entrepreneur regardless of whether we have a free service from our Council.
The service we received from Garbologie was efficient and professional. I went to their website and booked the collection online. I requested that they let us know before they arrived (in case Turtle was napping since our dogs go crazy barking when anyone comes up our driveway). Mr Fix It was home on the day that they collect from our area. In response to my request, he received a text message a short while before they came to collect the mattress. He left $25 in an envelope taped to the mattress and that was it. It was collected with no hassle. I wanted to share this experience because I love seeing such motivated and inspirational people starting businesses that are so environmentally focused. Particularly dealing with waste, which is such an important environmental issue. I encourage you to look out for Garbologie and use their services too. I am planning to visit their tip shop to see if we can find anything there to upcycle.