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Q&A From the Editors: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Environmentalism goes beyond using all-natural materials. From waste management to energy efficiency to product recycling—there are many different ways to introduce sustainable practices into the manufacturing process in order to offer a truly environmentally-friendly product.

WHAT DOES YOUR COMPANY DO TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT?

Denny BoydAs an industry producer, we are extremely conscious of the impact that our products and processes have on the environment. Probably two of the most meaningful ways we demonstrate that objective involve our energy self-sufficiency and our foam manufacturing procedure.

Last summer we invested nearly $3 million in solar-paneled roof systems for both our Fontana, Calif. and St. Louis facilities. Not only are we seeing tremendous energy savings, but we’re also selling excess electrical power that we generate back to major energy providers.

We use a certified “eco-friendly” process in manufacturing the foam it incorporates into its sleep products. The foam is produced in modern sealed, pressurized chambers that allow for control of factors like barometric pressure, heat and humidity. Virtually all of the harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are contained and prevented from reaching the atmosphere.

This process employs pressure rather than chemicals to control the physical properties of the foam. As a result, the foams we use have a more consistent cell structure and offer enhanced strength and performance.”

Boyd Specialty Sleep also was one of the first bedding manufacturers to meet Level 1 safety and environmental requirements established by the Specialty Sleep Association (SSA). The Level 1 SSA rating is currently offered on Boyd’s new Thomasville® Natural Flex® Ultra latex line, among other sleep collections.

Consumers don’t want a passive, static product. They want a bed that will adjust to relieve their pressure and pain, help their partner to stop snoring and be comfortable whether they’re working, reading or sleeping.

— DENNIS BOYD, PRESIDENT OF BOYD SPECIALTY SLEEP

Barry CikNaturepedic takes a serious approach towards reducing our carbon footprint. We focus on non-petroleum materials, ingredients, and components. In particular, we use organic cotton, organic wool, organic latex, organic encased coils, and other sustainable materials. We do not use polyurethane foam in our products. Our workforce is mostly Amish, who use low-tech manufacturing techniques. All scraps, returned products, and other non-usable items are given to the Amish community for recycling.

—BARRY CIK, OWNER OF NATUREPEDIC

Walt BaderA carbon footprint is actually two footprints. The primary footprint is the total of all the direct carbon dioxide emissions you personally produce or are responsible for. During our manufacturing process we produce zero. Even our fork lift trucks are electric. Certainly, we contribute when we fly. We do not operate our own delivery services and we own no trucks. Secondarily, we source raw materials as close to our point of manufacturing as possible: wool from California, cotton from Texas, fabrics from the southern United States and all our packaging and materials are manufactured locally.

We completely recycled our scape, and you would be hard-pressed to find a garbage can on the floor. From the outset, OMI has been wholly dedicated to supporting America’s organic farmers and thoroughly supports both the spirit and goals of reducing carbon foot-prints throughout the world.

— WALT BADER, PRESIDENT OF OMI