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Judith Browning
Post     Subject: Can an old futon be used as mulch, or composted?

Susan Pierson wrote: when I did start pulling the fibers apart, they looked nice and bright and clean.



Maybe then, the fibers would still be useful as stuffing for dog beds for a shelter then as Pearl mentions?

I used to know exactly what was used on cotton fields when I was weaving full time and handling a lot of 'natural' less processed cotton yarns. That was before I found organic cottons and hemp yarns.  Anyway, it was a lot of chemicals and not regulated so well because it was not food although I always wondered about the cotton seed meal that was fed to cattle?  

I wonder if it would be worth trying to compost in an isolated area away from your gardens and give it a few years to break down in the weather and with some added mushroom slurry, greens, etc?

Susan Pierson
Post     Subject: Can an old futon be used as mulch, or composted?

It was sitting in the barn on a concrete floor for a number of years, then rats got into a corner of it and so... the only thing to do is compost or throw out, although even after that, when I did start pulling the fibers apart, they looked nice and bright and clean.
Pearl Sutton
Post     Subject: Composting old futon

Susan Pierson wrote:Thanks, I'll check. I'm familiar with fibers and reasonable sure it's cotton but forgot about the pesticide issue. I just hate to see it go to the dump.


What about giving it to someone who raises dogs or some other animals that would like a cozy futon to hang out on? It would keep animals up off the cold ground in winter.
Susan Pierson
Post     Subject: Composting old futon

Thanks, I'll check. I'm familiar with fibers and reasonable sure it's cotton but forgot about the pesticide issue. I just hate to see it go to the dump.
Judith Browning
Post     Subject: Composting old futon

Susan Pierson wrote:No, it feels and looks like cotton, just cotton.



Try, carefully,  burning a small tuft of it just to be sure.  If there are any manmade fibers in there they will turn hard like plastic and smell.   I usually hold the fiber with tweezers at the sink with some water handy to dowse the flame.  Cotton should burn with only some soft ash left and unless treated with a fire retardant is not self extinguishing like wool.

The only thing I would worry about if it's cotton is any pesticide/herbicide residue from crop production or  a fire retardant if it's a commercial mattress.

Mandy Launchbury-Rainey
Post     Subject: Composting old futon

No labels on it I assume. If it isn't  dyed it could be ok.
Susan Pierson
Post     Subject: Composting old futon

No, it feels and looks like cotton, just cotton.
Jen Fan
Post     Subject: Composting old futon

I imagine that futon is just petroleum product.  I wouldn't want all that microplastic in my soil.
Susan Pierson
Post     Subject: Can an old futon be used as mulch, or composted?

Has anyone used an old futon for mulch or tried composting it (not all at once but by adding it to a compost pile)? I live in eastern Pa.