Fort Benning Goes Green With The SKYDEX Mattress

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SKYDEX Technologies installs their 100% recyclable mattress for a pilot program at Ft. Benning

SKYDEX Technologies Inc. has developed a modular mattress system to address the current issues with mattress durability and life-cycle costs that face the U.S. Army. 240 mattresses were installed at Ft. Benning on June 28th.

"I've seen some of the mattresses we are having our guys sleep on and it's disgusting. Not only are mattresses filling up our landfills, but groups are being forced to hang on to mattresses that are unsanitary due to the difficulties associated with disposal. We're excited to offer a product that's not only recyclable, but CLEANABLE so our troops can get the rest they need to perform," commented Mike Buchen, SKYDEX CEO.

Soldiers with A Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, on Sand Hill will be evaluating the mattress for a two years study during which SKYDEX will work with soldiers to improve their existing design and create a mattress that the Soldier's of Ft. Benning and put their stamp of approval on. SKYDEX, utilizing their patented technology, has developed a mattress that greatly benefit the soldier through overall durability of the materials, comfort and the ability for each component of the modular design to be thoroughly cleaned.

The mattress design utilizes four separate components a nylon/cotton cover made of the same material as the current ACU for ease of washing, a comfort layer of reticulated polyurethane, a SKYDEX thermoplastic layer for durability and pressure distribution and a polystyrene lift riser which was a custom component for Ft. Benning and will be trialed for a short period of time.

SKYDEX and Ft. Benning will be communicating via participant surveys, visits to the pilot test site and revisions as needed to the current design.

For more information about the SKYDEX mattress and associated technology, visit http://www.SKYDEX.com.

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