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 […]

Today's 'green' shoppers

Try to picture a “green” shopper—one who considers environmental and social responsibility when buying everything from eggs to mattresses. Have an idea in your head? You’re probably wrong, according to a new report, “Finding the Green in Today’s Shoppers,” released by global consulting firm Deloitte LLP and the Grocery Manufacturers Institute in Washington, D.C. Green […]

Today’s ‘green’ shoppers

Try to picture a “green” shopper—one who considers environmental and social responsibility when buying everything from eggs to mattresses. Have an idea in your head? You’re probably wrong, according to a new report, “Finding the Green in Today’s Shoppers,” released by global consulting firm Deloitte LLP and the Grocery Manufacturers Institute in Washington, D.C. Green […]

Making a dent in mattress recycling

By Jim Parsons What’s the secret to starting and sustaining a successful mattress recycling program in the United States? A one–year pilot program sponsored by a partnership of public, private and nonprofit organizations in Minnesota hopes it has some answers. Launched in June 2004, the Duluth–based Northeast Minnesota Mattress Recycling Program is striving to establish […]

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