Mattress major Tempur Sealy International Inc. provided an update on its efforts to reduce its global environmental footprint. The Lexington, Kentucky-based company has committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity (electricity produced from green sources such as wind or solar) for its U.S. and European Tempur-Pedic and Sealy manufacturing operations beginning this year.
In the United States, Tempur Sealy will purchase “renewable energy certificates” from domestic wind farms, making it the largest bedding manufacturer in the world to purchase enough certificates to power the vast majority of its operations.
The mattress maker also is proceeding with an investment in solar panels at its largest U.S. mattress plant in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 2020 finish date has been moved to early 2021, due to impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic, but the installation will power all mattress assembly lines at the plant when completed.
Finally, Tempur Sealy announced a commitment to sending zero waste to landfill for its U.S. and European manufacturing operations by the close of 2022. Currently, 90% of postindustrial waste at its plants is recycled or used in energy generation.
“We are thrilled to announce our expanded sustainability initiatives,” said Scott Thompson, chair and chief executive officer. “The actions we are taking to drive increased renewable energy usage and reduce our waste across our global organization are furthering our long-term commitment of reducing our environmental footprint. I am proud our teams remain committed to ensuring we are improving the environment while we simultaneously manage vast efforts around rapid business growth in a changing world.”