Can plastic bottles help people sleep better?
Silentnight, a British mattress company, is helping tackle plastic waste by turning used plastic bottles into mattresses.
Trouble at sea
It is estimated that 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year. Furthermore, it has been estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic by weight in the ocean than fish. Not only is this affecting marine life, but a study conducted by a University in Belgium found that people who regularly eat seafood ingest up to 11,000 pieces of plastic each year.
Silentnight decided to tackle this global issue, revolutionising the mattress and its industry as we know it today. The “Eco Comfort” mattress is made from recycled plastic bottles. Each mattress is made from 150 plastic bottles. This meaning to date they have already prevented 105 million plastic bottles entering landfills and oceans.
A step further
The work Silentnight is doing with their Eco Comfort range is already making an impact. But, now they are now going one step further, they have pledged financial support to the Marine Conservation Society, and they have also introduced a “zero waste to landfill” initiative which has meant that already they have been able to reduce the amount of plastic they use in their packaging by 50%.
This story shows how Silentnight supports Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, specifically Target 9.4: “By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them all sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities.”
Founded in 1945, Silentnight is the largest UK manufacturer of beds and mattresses. They handcraft their products and whilst they respect the traditional bed making procedures, they also embrace the latest sleep science.
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