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Reducing Plastic Packaging

Reducing Plastic Packaging

As part of MattressNextDay's commitment to helping tackle the climate crisis, we have partnered with Ecologi. Its mission is to encourage people and businesses to be carbon positive and fund initiatives aimed at tackling the climate crisis. Teaming up with Ecologi, we are now officially a climate positive workforce and are now planting a for every customer order.

In addition to the work we are doing with Ecologi, we have been reviewing other parts of our business operations to see how we can be more eco-friendly. One new commitment we have, is to reduce our own use of plastic packaging, and this is something we are taking very seriously.

In this post, we will talk a little about why we use plastic packaging and the work we are doing to cut down where possible in order to minimise our impact on the environment.

Why do we use plastic packaging?

For a long time, plastic packaging has been the norm for companies in virtually every industry. It is cost-effective, readily available and very useful for preserving freshness and protecting contents against damage. This is why MattressNextDay have used plastic packaging in the past.

Most of our products are supplied in their own plastic packaging, and we often add a second layer to ensure the mattresses are not damaged in transit to the customer. While this has been a successful and efficient way of keeping our mattresses in top condition, we recognise that it is no longer a sustainable practice moving forward.

What is wrong with plastic packaging?

The problem with plastic in all its forms is that it's harmful to the environment. Plastic takes hundreds of years to break down, and it releases countless microplastics into the environment. These particles have recently been found in the air we breathe, the food we eat and inside the bodies of animals, and the full extent of the harm they might do is not yet understood.

What's more, plastic in the environment can stifle plant growth and be hazardous to animals, particularly in the oceans where much of the plastic waste ends up. Even when we attempt to recycle plastic, much of it is never recycled and either ends up in landfills or gets burnt, releasing harmful gases into the atmosphere.

It is generally understood that the most effective way to prevent the damage plastic does to the environment is to drastically reduce our usage of it. This is why we have made this commitment - we want to cut down any harm our products might do to the environment by reducing plastic packaging wherever possible.

How are we making this happen?

Our plan is to look for alternative types of packaging for our products. In order to achieve this, we are talking to suppliers about viable options for alternative, green-friendly packaging. Other organisations have made commitments to using more paper-based packaging or even something like compostable corn-starch as an alternative to plastic.

It is important for businesses of all sizes to make meaningful commitments to greener practices across the board, which is why we are committed to making these changes and are actively exploring options for eco-friendly packaging solutions.

Author: Ryan Thaker

Ryan is a Marketing Executive, who joined MattressNextDay in October 2021. Having over 5 years marketing experience in higher education and recruitment, Ryan is looking to broaden his horizons and learn more about the mattress and online retail industries. He will be looking into the latest bedroom decor trends, sharing ways to sleep healthier and providing insights on products and the features they provide. If you have any questions for Ryan, please give him a call today!