As part of national recycling week (November 12-18) Covestro Australia’s Manager Director, Rebecca Lee and her team will visit Sydney’s Soft Landing mattress recycling plant on Friday, to discuss the importance of re-thinking waste in the 21st century.
As a founding supply chain partner of the Soft Landing product stewardship initiative, Covestro is committed to rethinking waste so that it changes from something that we throw away, into a useful source of materials that contribute to building a circular economy. To this end, Covestro shares Soft Landing’s goal of achieving ‘zero mattresses in landfill’ over the next five years.
According to Ms Lee, supporting the product stewardship of mattresses aligns closely with Covestro’s commitment to upholding the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
“Being part of the Soft Landing Product Stewardship Scheme is just one way that we can fulfil our pledge towards creating a sustainable future. Materials such as steel, foam and timber are already able to be recycled, and exciting research is currently underway by the SMaRT Centre at the University of New South Wales which looks into reusing textiles. Overall, this reduces our reliance on virgin materials and helps us close the loop in terms of sustainable production practices”
For Janelle Wallace, General Manager Soft Landing Product Stewardship Scheme, having supply chain partners like Covestro engaged in product stewardship is essential. “Covestro has a strong sustainability focus and they are serious about reducing their environmental impact. We get to draw from their global experience in these matters as we work together on designing for the environment, by considering whole of life cycle for a mattress, from raw ingredients to end of life recovery and reuse.”
As many as 1.25 million mattresses currently find their way into Australian landfill each year. That equates to 33,000 tonnes of steel, wood and foam that can otherwise be repurposed.