Disposing of beanbags is one of the issues often pointed out by beanbag critics. According to them, a beanbag may be comfortable, but it poses a great threat to the environment.
The truth is, almost all kinds of furniture in our houses contain non-biodegradable materials. So it isn’t just beanbags.
Furthermore, if you know how to dispose of beanbags properly, they won’t cause any problem to the environment.
Is it safe to dispose of beanbags?
Most beanbag fillers are safe to dispose of.
EPS beads are the most common kind of beanbag filler. They’re generally made of 98% air and 2% plastic, which makes them much safer.
However, just like other household products, beanbags’ safety also depends on their manufacturers—some substandard companies use low-quality beanbag fillers to cut the cost of production.
This is why it's important to buy from beanbag retailers that passed the 2019 Standard Specification for Safety of Beanbag Chairs and Beanbag Covers or are licensed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
By doing this, you’re not just ensuring your own safety but the safety of the environment, too.
How do you dispose of a beanbag?
Beanbag fillers are non-biodegradable—it will take thousands of years for them to decompose. This is why it’s important to dispose of them properly so they won’t end up damaging any land or water resources.
Recycle if you can
As much as possible, you should recycle your beanbag. You’d be surprised by what you can do with it! You can use the beanbag fabric as your couch cover, while the EPS beads can be used as pot fillers for your indoor plants.
Bring your beanbags to recycle centers
If you don’t know what to do with your old beanbag, you can try bringing them to recycling centers. Big recycling companies can turn your beanbag fillers into new plastic chairs, toys, and other useful household items!
Place them in a clear bag
If there is really no choice but to dispose of your beanbag, you shouldn’t just throw it as it is. Remove the fillers from the beanbag cover and place them in a clear and durable bag.
A clear plastic bag will help other people see the EPS beads should they want to recycle them. Furthermore, it will reduce the risk of the EPS beads going through drainage systems, sewer pipes, and other places, which can lead them to the sea.
Note that a single misplaced EPS bead is actually more dangerous than a properly kept bag of EPS beads.
Never mix beanbag fillers with other materials
Beanbag fillers, especially EPS beads, are generally non-toxic. However, exposure to toxic chemicals and substances may change their composition.
That’s why it’s important to keep them in-tact together. That is why placing them in a clear plastic bag is the best option.
Properly disposing of beanbags isn’t that hard! It’s also best to keep these tips in mind when disposing of other plastic household items. Remember that caring for the environment is caring for ourselves!