Silentnight Announces Partnership With the UK's Marine Conservation Society
Each Silentnight's Eco Comfort mattress uses fibres manufactured from 150 recycled plastic bottles which are crushed and spun to form a 'breathable and sustainable comfort layer.'
Silentnight has already prevented a staggering 105 million plastic bottles from going into oceans and landfill – enough plastic bottles that if laid end to end, they would stretch from London to the South Pole and back again
Silentnight staff will also be getting involved in MCSUK's programme of beach cleans and wider initiatives to protect of our seas, shores and wildlife. Last year alone, the Marine Conservation Society removed 568,000 pieces of litter from our coasts.
Silentnight is also on track to become a carbon-neutral business this year, already offsetting its fleet and factory emissions with tree-planting initiatives across the Northwest of England. The firm already recycles 100 per cent of its manufacturing waste, 90 per cent of general waste, has reduced plastic packaging by 50 per cent and has designed delivery routes to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
Silentnight’s ‘trade in’ scheme means any customer who purchases a new mattress via its website or dedicated showrooms can have their old mattress removed and responsibly disposed of - 35,000 mattresses are now recycled every year.
Steve Freeman, managing director of Silentnight, said: 'Programmes such as Blue Planet are showing us the true cost plastic waste has on the environment. Footage of marine life living among plastic waste is extremely hard-hitting and difficult to watch.
'The world needs to change the way it deals with waste,' he added. 'At Silentnight we are committed to doing our bit to lead the way, particularly with sustainability and recyclability. 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.'
Sandy Luk, Marine Conservation Society chief executive, said: 'Here at MCS, we want to see a reduction in the number of single-use plastic bottles in circulation. That means ensuring that we avoid using them as much as possible. Recycling existing material into mattresses is another solution to the growing waste problem, and we're delighted to partner with Silentnight. Funds received will contribute to our work to protect the marine environment.'