Vertically integrated U.K. bed maker Harrison Spinks has opened a previously announced mattress recycling plant in Scunthorpe, England. It disassembles and recycles all Harrison Spinks mattresses containing the company’s patented, glue-free Cortec pocket spring system into the raw materials for new mattress components. The plant is part of the Leeds, England-based company’s goal to achieve zero waste to landfill. Harrison Spinks also issued its first annual sustainability report which outlines a range of company actions in support of net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2023.
“Our ‘beyond circular’ approach sees us commit to an entirely recyclable, reusable and zero-to-landfill production to ensure we continue to lead the way in sustainability and change the way the world sleeps,” said Richard Essery, director of sustainability and innovation. “The innovative work and initiatives of the business are contributing to saving the planet in many ways. The continued efforts to make entirely sustainable products, from the initial stages of growing materials to the end of their long life, have been happening behind the scenes and it’s time to share these in detail.”
“While we’ve set the wheels in motion, we’re not afraid to recognize that more needs to be done to become a completely sustainable business, for both the health of our customers and the benefit of the environment, we’re immensely proud to unveil our latest sustainable innovations and future plans through our sustainability report,” he said.
Other carbon reduction efforts laid out in the annual report include further investment in on-site weaving, future investments in solar projects, significant tree planting in conjunction with the Northern Forest (a project to plant a 50 million tree forest in northern England by 2032), partnering with British Wool to be part of its traceable wool initiative supporting local farmers, and going fully electric with all company vehicles.