Capping off a three-year “green” project, mattress producer Eclipse International’s flagship factory has become a zero-waste facility. The milestone means that all waste materials from mattress production – including foam and fabric scraps, wood, cardboard and other packaging materials – are now being recycled.
“It took longer than expected to find suitable outlets for all of our materials, but it’s a great feeling to know that we’re doing our part to be good stewards of our environment,” said Stuart Carlitz, chief executive officer of Eclipse International. “We kept our employees informed of our progress every step of the way, and they have been very supportive of our efforts.”
Eclipse has contracted with a separate entity to recycle each of its waste products. Foam scraps, for example, are used to make carpet pads, while unused wood goes to a company that grinds it up to produce mulch for landscaping. Eclipse employees have added to the recycling haul by including personal items such as soda cans and office paper.
The catalyst for waste recycling occurred about three years ago when Eclipse completed installation of solar panels on the roof of the factory. The panels produce all of the factory’s electricity needs on most days – saving the company more than $100,000 annually on its electric bill. The success of that program prompted the Eclipse team to begin searching for ways to recycle waste from its manufacturing process.
“Not only has this taught us how to take better care of the environment, it has made us more aware of just how much material is being wasted,” Carlitz said. “It’s too early to calculate the savings, but we’re figuring out ways to create less waste in the beginning, so I’m sure there will be cost savings down the road.”
About Eclipse International: North Brunswick, New Jersey-based Eclipse International has been making mattresses since 1866. Holding more than 100 trademarks and seven patents that enhance its private label efforts, the company also has an extensive global licensing network that distributes mattresses under seven brands – Eclipse, Eastman House, Van Vorst, Ernest Hemingway, Pure Talalay Bliss, Velika and BIA. A well-established leader in the bedding industry, Eclipse designs products crafted with high quality components, including latex, memory foam, gel and eco-friendly materials. Today, the company has 77 licensees globally.