NEW YORK (AP) The makers of a new, high-tech mattress say they’re still working out how to make the bed sheets for the millions of people who still sleep on mattresses made from the company’s old, cheaper material.
Bed manufacturers made headlines in 2014 when they began using recycled material from the old mattress material.
The company, called Bemis, was one of the first to sell a line of new mattresses using its recycled material.
Bemis said Wednesday that its new mattress is about 60 percent recycled.
The other 20 percent is a mix of recycled material and other products.
Bemis has not specified the total amount of recycled materials in its new product.
The company also is still trying to figure out how the bed can be made more durable, Bemis spokesman Tom Lott said.
Buses and planes can take up to 12 weeks to assemble a Bemis mattress, but Lott expects that to change.
The new product, called the Bemis Crayon, is being tested in a laboratory at the University of Maryland.
The University of New Mexico, where the company is based, recently completed a project to make a mattress with recycled materials, and the company plans to move into the United States.
Bales said it’s a good bet the new mattress will be sold in the United Kingdom, Australia and Europe.