Plastic pollution: the Silentnight mission
Plastic pollution is a growing problem – not just in the UK but across the globe. We can’t ignore it.
Shockingly, more than eight million tons of plastic waste enters the world’s oceans each year, which is roughly the equivalent to five grocery bags of plastic waste piled-up on every foot of coastline on the planet.
But here at Silentnight, the team are doing their bit. Just last year the company became the first UK bed manufacturer to pioneer a mattress filling made from recycled plastic bottles.
Silentnight’s eco friendly mattress technology has also prevented a staggering 105 million plastic bottles from ending up in oceans and landfills. This amount of waste could stretch from London to the South Pole, and back again, if laid out end to end.
How are Silentnight helping the environment?
Each individual Eco Comfort mattress, launched as part of Silentnight’s ambitious efforts to contribute towards a greener planet, uses Eco Comfort fibres™ manufactured from 150 plastic bottles. During the manufacturing process, these bottles are crushed and spun into a fibre to form a breathable and sustainable comfort layer.
As well as this, Silentnight recycles 100% of its manufacturing waste, with 90% of general waste also recycled, as it strives towards its ultimate goal of becoming a ‘zero to landfill’ business. Silentnight’s mattresses are also no longer double-bagged for delivery – an initiative which has reduced packaging production by half.
Blue Planet and the devastating effect of plastic waste
The hit BBC series, Blue Planet is continuing its focus on this important message.
Tonight, Chris Packham, Steve Backshall and Liz Bonnin are joining scientists to find out how rising temperatures and plastics are affecting the world, in particular the Great Barrier Reef.
Talking about the topic and Silentnight’s vision for change, Steve Freeman, Managing Director, said: “Programmes such as Blue Planet are showing us the true cost plastic pollution has on the environment. Footage of marine life living amongst plastic waste is extremely hard-hitting and difficult to watch.
“The world’s population needs to change the way it deals with waste, and at Silentnight we are committed to doing our bit to lead the way, particularly with sustainability and recyclability.”
Working with the Marine Conservation Society
Silentnight also works in partnership with the UK’s leading marine charity, Marine Conservation Society, pledging financial support for its work to ensure the world’s seas remain healthy, protected and pollution-free.
Steve continued: “Sustainability has been ingrained within the business for a long time, but we are constantly researching new recycling technologies and investing in more ways to reuse recyclable materials.
“Our eco range has proven to be a huge hit since its release. Both sustainable and extremely comfortable, the mattresses give customers two reasons to sleep soundly at night.”
Silentnight is also a recent winner of the Sustainability Award from The Furniture Makers’ Company, recognising the company’s commitment to having a positive impact on the planet.
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