Weather damages add up in 2012

Weather damages add up in 2012

According to a new report from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, severe weather cost the United States $110 billion in damages in 2012, making it the second most costly year on record. The country suffered 11 weather disasters with losses in excess of $1 billion. Hurricane Sandy accounted for more than half the […]

Survey: Consumers consider environment when shopping

Survey: Consumers consider environment when shopping

Half of all U.S. consumers think about environmental impacts at least occasionally when deciding whether or not to buy a product, according to a new poll of attitudes toward climate change conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. However, the number of Americans […]

Boyd to achieve energy autonomy this summer

Boyd to achieve energy autonomy this summer

St. Louis-based mattress maker Boyd Specialty Sleep expects its facilities in that city and in Fontana, Calif., to be completely self-sufficient when it comes to their electrical power needs by July 1. The accomplishment is the result of more than two years of planning. The company has invested $2.75 million in solar-panel roof systems for […]

Wright reduces chemicals in printing process

Wright reduces chemicals in printing process

Wright Global Graphic Solutions, which provides packaging, point-of-purchase materials and other branding and marketing solutions to the bedding industry, has begun printing materials using chemical-free printing plates. The change allows the Thomasville, N.C.-based company “to produce significantly less chemical waste during the printing process, reducing the need to dispose of harmful chemicals into the environment […]

Electronics recycling bill dies in Hawaii

The Hawaii Legislature tabled a bill for this year that would have expanded the requirements for electronics recycling. Because the bill’s original definition of electronics was written broadly, it could have required certain mattresses with electronic components to be recycled. The International Sleep Products Association, working with electronics trade associations and the Product Management Alliance, […]

Spring Back Recycling celebrates milestone

Spring Back Recycling celebrated the recycling of its 30,000th mattress in early May with an event that included Kim Brown Knopf, chief executive officer of Innovative Mattress Solutions; John Gonas, president of Spring Back Recycling; and other local dignitaries. Spring Back Recycling was founded in Nashville, Tenn., by Belmont University students to keep mattress materials […]

Ohio recycler receives state grant

Ohio Mattress Recovery & Recycling in Garfield, Ohio, has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, enabling it to continue recycling mattresses. “We will continue to be a turnkey recycler in which we will pick up, transport and deconstruct mattresses from colleges, universities, hotels, motels, resorts, casinos and municipalities anywhere in […]

Climate change bringing less snow, more blizzards

Climate change bringing less snow, more blizzards

If climate change is heating the planet and shrinking the length and overall severity of winters, why has the United States been slammed by blizzards of epic proportions this year? The heavy bursts of snowfall are, in fact, the result of a warmer atmosphere. Paul Douglas, founder and meteorologist at Weather Nation, a national weather […]

Reducing employees’ commutes to work

When it comes to sustainability efforts, many businesses think first about reducing the use of natural resources in their facilities and recycling. But improvements to sustainability can go far beyond that. Leaders in Denver recently released a report laying out a variety of sustainability goals the metropolitan area hopes to reach by 2020. Not unexpectedly, […]

ISPA shaping mattress recycling in several states

ISPA shaping mattress recycling in several states

A number of states are considering mattress recycling legislation that would impact mattress manufacturers, suppliers and retailers. The International Sleep Products Association has a long history of supporting mattress recycling efforts that break down used mattresses and foundations at the end of their useful lives and recycle the components for use in new products, including […]