So innersprings are a relatively new concept in bedding. It was only about 60 years ago that the springs moves form the bed base into the mattress itself. What I dont like about innersrings is this....
They are full of fire retardants, by law
They are expensive and yucky to get rid of, and if you move around a lot like I do you'll be getting rid of a lot of them.
No real way to clean them
Difficult to move as they are bulky
Cost a lot of money
So I went online looking for what we used before innersprings. Turns out in some parts of Europe the traditional mattress (unspring wool and horse hair) are still in use today. Its not uncommon for such mattresses with the proper care to last 50yrs. So it gets a big tick from me in terms of eco friendly, biodegrable and natural. Trouble is where the hell do you buy one? And can I afford it?
Answer, nowhere in my country and no I flipping well can't. So I got it into my head to make one. Small problem was the tonnes of wool I would need for stuffing it. Here, any kind of wool is expensive and as you can imagine a double sized mattress stuffed entirely or mostly with wool will cost a fortune. But I've git the luck of the irish in my veins and as it turns out, one week later, I got for free from a crazy scotsman 12 full alpaca fleeces. Absolutely free, all I had to do was hire a car, take a country drive and collect them. I thought a dozen fleeces might be enough for a 2" pillow top. But this guy has the biggest alpacas ever because I got enough to probably make a 6" single mattress or a 4" pillow top for a double. I can't get horsehair easily so I'm substituting coconut fibre for that. Besides the idea of sleeping on horsetails from poor creatures gone to an abattoir kind of creeps me out.
Now, the fleeces are raw which means they've got bits of chaff, yicky fleece and dags still attached. I dont know how many years it will take me to process this fleece into carded fibre but for free I'm willing to chance it. The fleece is really lovely actually. So soft with great loft. I feel so lucky to have this opportunity as I will be the only one with an alpaca mattress.