Leading mattress and bedding company Tempur Sealy International announced today numerous initiatives aimed at reducing its global environmental footprint, including a commitment to utilize 100% renewable electricity for its U.S. and European Tempur-Pedic and Sealy manufacturing operations beginning this year. The company also announced that it is committed to achieving zero landfill waste for U.S. and European manufacturing operations by the end of 2022.
Tempur Sealy Chairman and CEO Scott Thompson said:
“We are thrilled to announce our expanded sustainability initiatives. The actions we are taking to drive increased renewable energy usage and reduce our waste across our global organization are furthering our long-term commitment of reducing our environmental footprint. I am proud our teams remain committed to ensuring we are improving the environment while we simultaneously manage vast efforts around rapid business growth in a changing world.”
In order to achieve its renewable energy target this year, Tempur Sealy stated that it will source renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind farms across the U.S. According to the company, the commitment will make Tempur Sealy the largest bedding manufacturer in the world to purchase RECs sufficient to power the vast majority of its operations.
Tempur Sealy stated that over 90% of process by-products, packaging and other materials from its U.S. and European operations are already recycled or used in energy generation. Today’s zero-landfill initiative will increase that amount to 100%.
The company also provided an update today on its investment in solar power technology for its largest mattress manufacturing operation located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tempur Sealy stated that it anticipates completing the installation of the solar panel technology in the first half of 2021, later than original expectations of a 2020 completion date, with the delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. When complete, the solar panels are expected to generate enough renewable energy to power all of Tempur Sealy’s Albuquerque mattress assembly lines.