Wool Products Are Better for the Environment

Wool Products Are Better for the Environment

As both consumers and businesses are becoming increasingly aware of how we’re damaging the earth’s environment, there are always new discoveries as to how we can help the environment. One of these revelations is that wool products are better for us, and our planet.

Wool vs. Plastic Microfibres

You probably know that wool biodegrades in soil, returning nutrients to the earth. However, did you know that recent studies have shown that wool also biodegrades in the ocean? As this is the case, wool does not harm the planet with microfibre and plastic pollution.

Research has revealed that 44% of the public are unaware that microfibres (the microscopic fibres released into waterways when we wash our clothes) often end up in our food.1 We’re effectively eating our own clothes. An estimated 35% of primary microplastic entering our oceans are released through the washing of textiles.2 Studies have found these fibres in our food – from mussels and table salt to honey and beer. Plastic microfibres can also absorb toxic chemicals, with the long-term effect of this on our health yet to be fully established. As wool biodegrades in the ocean, it’s obviously better for our health and the planet.

Synthetic clothing is on the rise, accounting for 60% of all clothing produced as of 2018.3 A survey of over 2,000 people across the UK highlighted that 44% of people don’t know that synthetic fibres, such as polyester, acrylic, or nylon, are actually plastic.4 Half a million tonnes of plastic microfibres a year contribute to ocean pollution, one of the most serious environmental issues that we’re currently facing. Plastic can take centuries to biodegrade, while wool biodegrades in water in a short time. Nicholas Coleridge, Chairman of the Campaign for Wool, affirms that wool is the “right and natural choice”.5

Other Benefits of Wool

Peter Ackroyd, Chief Operating Officer for the Campaign for Wool, believes that you can take care of wool, but that wool will also take care of you. Not only is it easy to look after, but Ackroyd points out that wool “requires less laundering due to its natural cleansing and stain repellent properties”. Plus, Ackroyd highlights that investing in wool will give back lots in return – not just in terms of comfort, but also in longevity and cost per year. Switching to wool would “reduce land and sea-fill waste, whilst also reducing energy and water use”.6

With all these benefits for you and your planet, why not check the label when shopping to make sure that you’re doing your best to avoid polluting the environment?

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The Fine Bedding Company’s Sustainable Future

The Fine Bedding Company’s Sustainable Future

The Fine Bedding Company started as a small family company in 1912. They supplied large cruise liners and ships before focusing on developing luxurious, solution-based bedding. With over one-hundred years of innovation behind them, The Fine Bedding Company have turned their attention to promoting sustainable products for a better night’s sleep.

A Sustainable Future

The Fine Bedding Company have a vision for a sustainable future that is the heart of the business. The vision is built with a foundation of four pillars:

  1. Sustainable Products: their microfiber duvet fillings use 25% less polyester than their competitor’s products. In 2018, 38% of the polyester used in their products was sourced from recycled products.1 Plus, most of their cotton is sourced through Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) sources. The BCI is the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world, and they provide training on sustainable farming practices to more than two million cotton farmers in twenty-one countries.
  2. Responsible Sourcing: The Fine Bedding Company select their suppliers carefully, with high priority placed on fair working conditions with all their tier-one suppliers undergoing audits.
  3. Operations: they aim to reduce the environmental footprint of their operations. Their duvets have a 19% lower carbon footprint than the industry standard. Plus, 90% of their waste is recycled!2
  4. Community: their positive effect on the local community and economy in Estonia was recognised with the West-Viru county Silver Medal Award.

Ethical Sourcing

The Fine Bedding Company are also committed to compassionate manufacturing through responsible sourcing that still guarantees quality. They independently audit their suppliers for no live plucking and no force feeding. The Fine Bedding Company are proud to be the first bedding company in the UK to carry the Downpass seal. This certifies that their products are:

  • Guaranteed quality
  • Tested to meet their claims
  • Responsibly and ethically sourced
  • Incurred no live plucking
  • Are by-products of the food industry (like leather and wool)
  • Fully traceable

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Sealy know that the environment is important, so they’ve adapted their policies to minimise any harmful environmental effects that may be caused as a result of the company’s products, or how they make them.

They also aim to reduce their waste by minimising the use of materials, resources, and energy. Plus, they’re pursuing a ‘zero to landfill’ policy. Their products will be designed in a way that minimises their environmental footprint in product, usage, and disposal, and they intend to use materials that are renewable and recyclable.

Sealy also encourage their employees to be considerate of the environment through training and communication about sustainability.

The National Bed Federation

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is working to find the best solutions for the bed industry’s mission to be more sustainable. They’re encouraging their members to think more sustainably, both in how they design their mattresses and how they produce them. One of the NBF’s steps towards a sustainable future is to increase mattress recycling rates. The NBF have been working with recyclers on a Register of Approved Mattress Recyclers to make sure that less mattresses are being sent to landfill. You can read more about this in our article, ‘Mattress Recycling with the National Bed Federation’.

As a member of the NBF, Sealy are doing their bit to commit to recyclable mattresses, rather than adding them to the already-high mountains of mattresses in landfills.

The Forest Stewardship Council

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government organisation that’s been established to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. Their vision is to meet the social, ecological, and economic needs of the present generation – without compromising those of future generations. The FSC make sure that anything taken from forests is responsibly sourced with as little effect on the environment as possible.

The Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme

Launched in 2006 to support and improve the furniture industry’s approach to sustainability, the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP) is now established as the industry’s lead on all environmental and sustainable issues.
FISP membership demonstrates that a company is serious about their environmental responsibility and is the mark of sustainable excellence.

Carbon Neutral

Carbon Neutral is a term that’s used to describe when a company, service, product, or event balances out their carbon emissions by funding an equivalent amount of carbon savings elsewhere in the world. These savings are then used to fund renewable energy products and energy efficiency projects. Many of these reduce greenhouse gases, as well as bring social and community benefits in developing countries.

Sealy is a Carbon Neutral Organisation for both production and distribution, as they’re aware that customers prefer to purchase products from environmentally conscious suppliers. They also know that being Carbon Neutral plays a key part in doing their bit to encourage sustainability.

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How Are Joules Helping Our Environment?

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The ’Responsibly Joules’ Charter

A love for the countryside has always been at the heart of Joules. They’ve created meaningful products that are inspired by nature and the changing seasons. Respecting and considering the environment is fundamental to their business.

Joules believe that managing their business in a way that recognises their environmental effect is not only good for business, but it’s the right thing to do. This is embedded in their core values and beliefs. As part of their commitment towards looking for ways to reduce their environmental effects, they will:

  • Proactively look for improvements and innovation within their processes to ensure that they’re doing their best for our environment.
  • Act responsibly across their supply chain, identifying and putting measures in place to recognise, manage, and lessen adverse environmental effects that may arise as a result of the materials or processes that are used.
  • Positively contribute to industry debate on sustainability matters as an active participant.
  • Measure, monitor, and reduce the environmental effects of their operations around the world, including their head office, distribution centres, and stores.

Environmental Responsibility

Joules consider the raw materials they use, how, and where their products are manufactured, and the transportation of products through their supply chain. They also make sure that they work with suppliers who share their values in working with the environment in mind.

Joules are members of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. They provide training on sustainable farming practices to more than two million cotton farmers in twenty-one countries. Cotton is a renewable resource, but its production is vulnerable to poor environmental management. The BCI was set up to train farmers to adopt more environmentally sustainable practices. In 2018, they helped licensed BCI farmers produce more than five million metric tonnes of ‘Better Cotton’ – that’s an impressive 19% of cotton produced around the world! You can read more about better cotton and the BCI’s work here.

Joules are also proud to be a member of the Leather Working Group (LWG). The LWG is a group of brands, retailers, product manufacturers, leather manufacturers, chemical suppliers, and technical experts that work together to develop an environmental stewardship. The LWG have developed an Environmental Audit Protocol, with input from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Greenpeace to ensure that it is focused on promoting sustainability for a healthy environment. Read more about how they work here.

Joules are also reducing their plastic use, and increasing their sustainable and recyclable packing across their supply chain.

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Dunlopillo’s Sustainable Sleep

As the world wakes up to the dire effects of our day-to-day living on the planet, companies are becoming more aware of how our sleeping affects the environment, too. Dunlopillo is one of them, with their products promoting a sustainable sleep without compromising on comfort.

Between 1920 and 1940, Dunlop scientists invented Dunlopillo latex foam, the first of its kind to be used to pad seats in public transport. After that, the aircraft industry welcomed latex foam to pad cockpits and seats, too. Their first latex mattress proved to be a huge hit, as they stayed fresh and kept their shape without plumping or flipping.

In the Illustrious Years of 1950 – 1970, Dunlopillo’s latex was used to make seats for the Houses of Parliament. And then, between 1980 – 2000, Dunlopillo’s latex mattresses were proved by the Shirley Institute of Manchester to be doubly effective in killing bed bugs compared to interior spring core mattresses. Advanced Dunlopillo technology was also used in hospital mattresses to offer patients pressure relief, spinal alignment, and back support.

Today, Dunlopillo is the authority and leading manufacturer of latex mattresses. Not only does a latex mattress hold its shape and remain durable for years, but it also promotes sustainable sleeping.

The Sustainable Way to Sleep

Natural latex is derived from the sap of rubber trees (Hevea Brasiliensis) that are grown in managed sustainable plantations around the world.

Every drop counts and nothing is wasted, as a rubber tree only produces 27ml of latex a day. It takes one tree over 500 days to create enough latex for a single mattress, so Dunlopillo are careful not to waste a single drop.

Latex is also one of the most eco-friendly mattress fillings. Latex rubber trees purify over 90 million tons of carbon dioxide a year. Plus, all Dunlopillo’s natural latex is sourced from sustainably managed plantations.

The Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme

Dunlopillo have been awarded the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP). Created in 2006, the FISP is recognised as the benchmark for sustainable practices in the UK’s furniture industry. It’s a key part of a company’s sustainable policies. The FISP has rapidly become established as the furniture industry forum on all environmental and sustainability issues. These issues include all aspects of the industry’s business, from purchasing and procurement right through to the end of the product’s life.

National Bed Federation

Dunlopillo are also a member of the National Bed Federation, who are focusing on sustainable recycling of end-of-life mattresses. In fact, their third report on the rate of mattress recycling in the UK has revealed a 55% increase in the number of mattresses being recycled between 2015 and 2017, with evidence suggesting that the growth will continue in the near term.1 You can read more about their sustainable work in our article, ‘Mattress Recycling with the National Bed Federation’.

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Cabbages & Roses is a small business that’s continuously adapting and changing. They’re finding their feet in a tumultuous, unpredictable world. Working their way through retail, they interestingly find commercialism uncomfortable, and want to make affordable and inclusive collections without compromising on their manufacturing. One way they’re making sure they do this is through their social responsibility programme. This was launched in 2017 in response to the fashion and textile industry’s reputation as the second most polluting and damaging industry in the world – second only to oil. The aim of the programme is to encourage sustainability.

At Cabbages & Roses, there’s a deep understanding that they must be mindful of the choices they make in their business. They’re especially aware of the effects these choices can have on the environment, and the people they work with.  Cabbages & Roses are focused on designing, creating, and instilling a company culture that not only produces beautiful collections, but also respects our planet.

The company is in the early stages of creating a programme to ensure that the environment sits at the core of their values. This includes supplier relationships, their company culture, and their broader business ethics. They aim to build on these each year so that their sustainability always increases.

3 Core Environmental Focuses:

  • To become an entirely disposable plastic-free company by 2020.
  • To launch a series of tools that enable the business to be more transparent over the next 18 months. These include a carbon calculator, a recycling calculator, and a transparent pricing tool on their website.
  • To source 20% more responsibly sourced fabrics each year when compared to the year before.

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