1.6 million – that’s the number of mattresses end up in landfill every year.
This is how Kathy Jack, General Manager Sales and Marketing Joyce Foam Products and Chair of the Soft Landing Product Stewardship Scheme opened her last speech in Sydney. And to supplement this tremendous figure, she continued saying that today we only recycle 10% of them.
The Soft Landing Product Stewardship Scheme (SLPSS for short) aims to change this and over the next 5 years their goal is no mattresses to landfill in Australia. Opening the second of SLPSS breakfast briefing sessions Alice Cahill, Manager Strategic Delivery at Office of Environment & Heritage NSW, discussed UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a roadmap for industry.
Covestro, as a founding member of the SLPSS, shares the same vision of the UN SDGs as a roadmap for future business prosperity and sustainability. Covestro has set ambitious sustainability targets for 2025, and aligning within every facet of the company; Reduce specific CO2 emissions by half. Align the portfolio of research projects on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Help ten million people in under-served markets with our products and solutions.
“The SLPSS aligns with our desire to preserve our planet and improve the quality and safety of the lives of millions,” says Rebecca Lee, Managing Director of Covestro in Australia. "If we can recover from the mattress components like steel and foam, recycling and reusing these components, it reduces our reliance on virgin materials, thus closing the loop "
Through the scheme's recycling partners Soft Landing and TIC Global, steel springs, foam and fabrics are recovered, recycled or rebirthed into new products. SLPSS is also working with the SMaRT centre at UNSW in researching and developing new materials from the recovered mattress components, including acoustic panels and high strength, nonflammable building panels.
SLPSS Scheme Manager Janelle Wallace summed it up beautifully, "What this creates in innovation" and the outcome is a sustainable mattress industry for Australia.
For more information on mattress recycling in Australia, see http://www.recyclemymattress.com.au/
For more information on Soft Landing http://www.softlanding.com.au/
To learn more about Covestro’s Sustainability goals rel="noopener noreferrer" and initiatives, see https://www.covestro.com/en/sustainability/overview