LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tempur Sealy International announced multiple initiatives to further reduce its global environmental footprint. The company has committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity for its U.S. and European Tempur-Pedic and Sealy manufacturing operations beginning this year.
Tempur Sealy will source the renewable energy certificates from wind farms across the U.S. and will be the largest bedding manufacturer in the world to purchase certificates sufficient to power the vast majority of its operations, officials said.
Additionally, Tempur Sealy provided an update on its investment in solar power technology for its largest mattress manufacturing operation located in Albuquerque, N. M. While the 2020 completion date has been negatively impacted by COVID-19, Tempur Sealy remains committed to this initiative and now expects to complete the installation of the solar panel technology in the first half of 2021. The solar panels are expected to generate enough renewable energy to power all of Tempur Sealy’s Albuquerque mattress assembly lines, the company said.
Tempur Sealy also announced that it is committed to achieving zero landfill waste for its U.S. and European manufacturing operations by the end of 2022. Currently, more than 90% of process by-products, packaging and other materials from Tempur Sealy U.S. and European operations are recycled or used in energy generation. This zero-landfill initiative will increase that amount to 100%.
“We are thrilled to announce our expanded sustainability initiatives,” said Tempur Sealy Chairman and CEO Scott Thompson. “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.”