Hilton to recycle used bed sets

Hilton to recycle used bed sets

Hilton Worldwide has announced a mattress recycling program in coordination with the installation of new Serta mattresses and box springs at its properties. Through the effort, Hilton expects to recycle roughly 85% of its bed sets, dismantling the units into components for use in other applications. “Our hotels have purchased more than 50,000 mattresses in […]

Mattress Recycling Locator

The International Sleep Products Association maintains a searchable database of dozens of mattress recycling facilities throughout the United States and Canada that dismantle used mattresses and recycle the reclaimed materials. Most collect a processing fee to help defray the costs of running such operations. You can see the entire list at ISPA’s Bye Bye Mattress Recycling Locator.

Recycling grows

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recycling efforts in the United States have increased steadily the past five decades. Only about 8% of the U.S. waste stream was recycled in 1960. That number increased to 17% in 1990 and is about 33% today.

2012 was warmest year ever in lower 48 states

2012 was warmest year ever in lower 48 states

Temperatures in the continental United States in 2012 were the hottest since record keeping began more than a century ago, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced in January. Seven of the 10 warmest years on record have been since 1990. The average temperature in 2012 was 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.2 degrees above […]

Mattress Certifications, Standards, Seals, Tags and Labels

Mattress Certifications, Standards, Seals, Tags and Labels

Editor’s note: This article is intended as an overview of some of the most commonly sought voluntary certifications available for finished mattresses, component parts and sleep accessories. It is not intended as a definitive guide and does not include discussion of mandatory federal flammability standards, which have been covered extensively in past issues of BedTimes […]

Sustainable brand innovation: A new way of thinking about making and selling products

Sustainable brand innovation: A new way of thinking about making and selling products

Today, companies find themselves caught in crosswinds. The mattress industry is a perfect example of being caught in a windstorm. Before the Great Recession, the increasing costs of petroleum-based products, steel and other vital components to mattress production were squeezing the profits of both suppliers and manufacturers. The pressures subsided during the economic downturn, but […]

Go ‘green’—and lower taxes

Go ‘green’—and lower taxes

By Mark E. Battersby Looking for a way to make your company—and your bottom line—“greener”? Uncle Sam wants to reward mattress manufacturers and sleep products companies that improve the energy efficiency of the buildings that house their operations. In fact, all so-called “commercial buildings” may qualify for these tax deductions. Even those that only partially […]

ISPA proposes national program for mattress recycling

The International Sleep Products Association has proposed federal legislation, the Used Mattress Recycling Act, to help create a national program for recycling used mattress parts. “The association is seeking a practical national system for used mattress recycling that will protect the industry from potentially damaging costs and inefficiencies that will result as multiple states pursue […]

Energy-efficient facilities yield big savings

Have you given thought to improving the energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint of your facilities? Are you concerned that new insulation, improved lighting or repairs to the aging heating and air conditioning system are simply not in the budget? Whether you’re an owner or a tenant, it makes dollars and sense to do […]