A Charity Partnership to Transform the Million a Minute

Yesterday, MCS announced an exciting partnership with company Silentnight, to transform some of the million plastic bottles bought every minute, into mattresses.

The UK’s leading marine charity, The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has been helping spread ocean awareness under its name since 1983. The charity has many established activities to carry out its message, such as turtle adoption schemes, influencing government and industry whilst collecting 10,000 willing volunteers for their annual beach clean-up. Now, MCS has a new plan to eliminate single use plastic.

The partnership comes at a time of increasing awareness of plastic’s latch; now is the time to answer the open question of ‘planet or plastic?’. Companies are therefore coming through with proposals to manage the global issue, ‘recycling existing material into mattresses is another solution to the growing waste problem’ Sandy Luk, MCS’ Chief Executive Officer writes ‘we want to see a reduction in the number of single-use plastic bottles’. True to this, the new mattresses use Eco Comfort Fibres, manufactured from 150 plastic bottles. Silentnight is the first UK bed manufacturer to pioneer a mattress from recycled plastic bottles and funds received contribute to MCS’ mission of marine protection.

The products are shining examples of incredible minds working to create sustainable solutions and technology, with the new mattress range undergoing rigorous research, testing and trials from partner Silentnight’s team. The company itself makes all mattresses in the UK and each is quality and safety assured, having achieved Superbrand status for 13 year’s running, a title given to the UK’s strongest brands. Aside from the partnership and Eco Comfort range, Silentnight have the environment on their conscious. 90% of the waste generated at the company’s Barnoldswick site is recycled and the launch of their Mattress Disposal Service, has arranged for the environmentally-friendly disposal of end-of-life mattresses, Silentnight do this themselves.

In the past year, Silentnight have prevented 105 million plastic bottles from ending up in landfill or the sea, a visual Steve Freeman (Managing Director) uses is the bottles laid end to end would reach the distance from London to the South Pole and back.

Ocean Conservancy’s 2010 report detailed that 60% of all marine debris in 2009 consisted of ‘disposable items’ and with plastic bottles falling into this category, it’s likely they will stay in the ocean for up to 450 years.

The concern is on the rise for plastic’s longevity and its environmental destruction is attracting more research, one potential positive which will help better tackle this global problem. The new Eco Range mattresses by MCS and Silentnight are a brilliant example of pioneering plastic innovation and should be celebrated as a big step in the right direction.

Sources:

https://www.mcsuk.org/news/silentnight_bottles

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change

https://www.silentnight.co.uk/about-us/environment

http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2011/01/26/our-oceans-a-plastic-soup

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Rosie Alice

Environmental Studies student in Winchester, UK.

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