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Q & A


There’s no denying that environmental concerns are having a direct impact on purchasing decisions. As awareness of the climate crisis continues to grow, more consumers are doing what they can to make smarter, more conscientious choices about what they buy. Today’s eco-friendly customer is looking for more than just organic or natural products —corporate transparency and responsibility are key. For mattress makers today, a commitment to sustainability expands beyond the kinds of materials they use in their products. It means exploring new manufacturing efficiencies and recycling opportunities, along with considering the environmental impact of things like packaging and shipping as well. As more consumers begin to look for examples of these practices as they shop, it’s the manufacturers and retailers who have really invested in sustainability that will stand out.


How do you promote sustainability throughout all aspects of your company? JOHN MERWIN OWNER & CEO, BROOKLYN BEDDING


Brooklyn Bedding promotes sustainability by striving, first and foremost, for zero waste at our state-of-the-art factory. Ninety-nine percent of the raw materials used, from threads and tapes to foams and coils, are recycla- ble. Raw materials and foam remnants have a variety of uses, including the construction of common home


products like carpet pads. We actually repurpose our own clean lower density foam, leftover from mattress construction, to produce our popular Premium Shredded Foam Pillow. Brooklyn Bedding also offers a number of sleep solutions featuring sustainable materials. The primary materials in the Bloom Hybrid, for instance, are either natural or recyclable.


ANGELA OWEN SLEEP DIVA, SUITE SLEEP


Sustainability is one of our core values as a company. Suite Sleep looks at all aspects of the product, process and production as well as our own corporate opera- tions. We design all of our products with sustainable raw materials like organic cotton, natural latex, wool, Tencel and recycled polyester. Our goal is to make qual-


ity mattresses that have longevity and keep them out of the landfills. A product should either be biodegradable or recyclable once they reach the end of life. A cradle to cradle approach is true sustainability.


SCOTT CARR BRAND MANAGER, MALOUF In September of this year, Malouf became a Certified B Corporation to expand our commitment to sustain- able practices. One of our main values as a company is to become better every day, and our recent certifi- cation emphasizes that value. Our headquarters in Logan, Utah is a net-zero facility, our in-house kitch-


en team supports a zero-waste philosophy, and our employees lead strategic initiatives through our newly-formed environmental sustain- ability council. Becoming a Certified B Corporation has amplified our sustainability and charitable efforts—and this is just the beginning.


JEFF BADER CEO, ORGANIC MATTRESSES INC OMI certified organic mattresses and bedding are made with sustainable, organic materials including cotton, wool and natural rubber latex. Each of these materials is responsibly grown, harvested in accor- dance with USDA organic standards and naturally bio- degradable. The OMI Eco-Factory is partially solar


powered and waste from manufacturing is minimal. Scrap material creat- ed as a bi-product of manufacturing is recaptured and either converted into other usable raw materials or sold to other businesses. The recaptur- ing process is performed by Pride Industries, an organization that keeps disabled veterans and other disadvantaged persons in the workforce.


SUSAN INGLIS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SUSTAINABLE FURNISHINGS COUNCIL SFC is all about helping companies make eco-improve- ments within their operations as well as up and down their supply chains. We help companies reduce energy consumption and manage supply chains for a lighter environmental footprint. We also help them be LOUD about it, because sharing successes and solutions is


key to reaching the scale we need to in order to sustain a healthy future.


SCOTT THOMPSON CHAIRMAN, CEO & PRESIDENT, TEMPUR SEALY Tempur Sealy made a company-wide decision to commit to global efforts to improve our environ- ment and communities. We enlisted the same inno- vative spirit that has guided our world-class bed- ding business in our sustainability initiatives. Our 126,000 square foot corporate headquarters build-


ing is LEED certified. We strive to achieve zero landfill waste at each of our foam manufacturing facilities and have nearly achieved this goal at two plants. In 2019, we recycled 85% of our waste from all of our North American facilities. Our recycling efforts in 2018 were equivalent to saving 16,000 barrels of oil, 51,000 trees, 3,000 tons of CO2 and 21 million gallons of water.


Visit / brooklynbedding.com, suitesleep.com, maloufsleep.com, omimattress.com, sustainablefurnishings.org, tempursealy.com. 18 Sleep Retailer / Winter 2020


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