Reducing Your Footprint

Reducing Your Footprint

It’s not a load of rubbish — manufacturers find decreasing material scrap and recycling is good for business — and the environment, too   Mattress makers and industry suppliers have invested in equipment, re-engineered production processes and made other efforts to reduce the amount of waste created when manufacturing mattresses and other sleep products. They […]

What Would an Elf Do?

What Would an Elf Do?

There are many reasons to be thankful at this time of year. Here’s one of mine: the movie “Elf.” I know this might not be everyone’s idea of a reason to be grateful, but it’s genuinely one of my favorite things at this time of year. And it’s possible that I love it for mainly […]

Nimbus Emporium develops Smartdown synthetic fiber fill

Nimbus Emporium, a maker of down-filled duvets and pillows, has added a range of duvets and pillows with fibers created from recycled polyethylene terephthalate plastic bottles. Nimbus is part of the Trendsetter Home Furnishings group based in Trafford Park, England.       New Smartdown is a synthetic fiber fill that offers the comfort of […]

Mattress Recycling Programs Create Successful Solutions

Mattress Recycling Programs Create Successful Solutions

Twenty months. Three statewide, sustainable mattress-recycling programs. One million-plus beds kept out of landfills. It adds up to a winning combination. BY JULIE A. PALM Three new statewide recycling programs in California, Connecticut and Rhode Island have recycled more than 1 million mattresses and box springs in less than two years—a significant achievement for the […]

Leigh Fibers Partners With Cintas To Recycle Out-Of-Service Uniforms

Industry supplier Leigh Fibers, headquartered in Wellford, South Carolina, has partnered with Cintas to offer a recycling service for used uniforms. The program facilitates the safe disposal of out-of-service uniforms that normally end up in landfills. Leigh Fibers shreds and recycles old uniforms into fiber pads that are used in the automotive industry and elsewhere. […]

Leigh Fibers appoints Turner COO

Fiber and textile recycler and mattress industry supplier Leigh Fibers, which has headquarters in Wellford, S.C., has hired Darrell Turner as chief operating officer. He replaces 35-year company veteran Keith Taylor who was named to the board of directors and continues with Leigh Fibers in a consulting role. Turner’s career includes 25 years in the […]

Northstar Recycling cited as a ‘best place to work’

Northstar Recycling, a recycling solutions provider based in East Longmeadow, Mass., was named a “best place to work” by trade publication Waste & Recycling News. The company was ranked No. 2 in the list for offering employees a comprehensive benefits package, as well as special perks—such as skiing trips, theater tickets and weekly company lunches. […]

Martex Fiber acquires recycled shoddy producer

Spartanburg, S.C.-based Martex Fiber Southern Corp. has completed the acquisition of JBM Fibers, a recycled shoddy supplier in Brownsville, Texas. JBM supplies post-consumer, recycled textile products to a diversified customer base nationwide. “Our acquisition of JBM Fiber’s assets will expand our preconsumer textile recycling leadership position into the post-consumer segment,” said Rick Otero, Martex Fiber […]

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.

Las Vegas Market: ISPA to update industry on mattress recycling legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shelly Sullivan January 18, 2013 (916) 858-8686 ISPA TO UPDATE THE INDUSTRY ON MATTRESS RECYCLING LEGISLATION AT LAS VEGAS MARKET Market Trends, Public Policy, Collaborative Relationships All On The Agenda ALEXANDRIA, VA – Members of the International Sleep Products Association and others in the mattress industry from across the nation will […]