BekaertDeslee, a global supplier of mattress textiles and components, received six awards at lnterzum, the world’s leading trade fair for furniture production and interior design held in Cologne, Germany.
The company earned The Best of the Best Award for SmartSleeve, a circular mattress protector that offers transparency to both consumers and recyclers, according to a news release.
In addition, High Product Quality Awards went to the company’s interchangeable mattress cover, Camille; Zipperless Cover; Purotex⁺ powered by HeiQ AllergenTech (anti-allergen textile finishing); Cover Designed for Disassembly (DfD), a partnership with Resortecs; and its recycled yarns from post-production waste.
“These awards demonstrate our commitment to creating circular, eco-friendly solutions that meet our customers’ needs while minimizing our impact on the environment,” said Demet Tunc, executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “We will continue to lead the industry in sustainable innovation for a better tomorrow.”
This year, the Waregem, Belgium-based company will launch yarns made from their own post-production waste using an ERP system to sort and recycle PES waste into virgin-quality yarns. These yarns contribute to the circular economy, prevent landfill and textile incineration, and have a lower carbon footprint than oil-based virgin polyester yarns.
Textile waste is a global issue, with 48 million tons discarded annually, often ending up in dump sites, burned or washed into the sea. Company officials say that BekaertDeslee is committed to preserving the environment and addressing the predicted 70% increase in waste streams by 2050.