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Let's twist again, says Simon Spinks
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Let's twist again, says Simon Spinks

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  • Origin:Paul Farley
  • Time of issue:2020-05-20 16:52
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(Summary description)Blue Planet’s bombshell plastics episode may have brought to light the impact of reckless waste disposal, but some were championing sustainability long before Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg m

Let's twist again, says Simon Spinks

(Summary description)Blue Planet’s bombshell plastics episode may have brought to light the impact of reckless waste disposal, but some were championing sustainability long before Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg m

  • Categories:News
  • Author:
  • Origin:Paul Farley
  • Time of issue:2020-05-20 16:52
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Blue Planet’s bombshell plastics episode may have focused consumer attention on the impact of reckless waste disposal, but some businesses were championing sustainability long before Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg made the headlines. With green thinking now integral to bed purchasing, Harrison Spinks’ fast-evolving offer has never been more relevant, writes Paul Farley …

Leeds-based Harrison Spinks has long been at the frontline of the war on waste. The seeds of its sustainable journey were sown with the invention of the glueless microcoil in 2005, and its acquisition of a 300-acre farm in 2009 (with a view to harvesting hemp and wool fillings).

Over the last decade, the bedmaker has invested more than £20m in sustainable innovation, bringing various manufacturing operations in-house, acquiring its own responsibly managed forest and majoring on R&D in components and materials. This year alone, Harrison Spinks has pledged to erase all foam, glue, VOCs and FR chemicals from its products, develop a 20,000 sqft mattress recycling facility, and source only from suppliers that employ sustainable materials or products made from recycled materials.

 

 

Simon describes the company’s attitude as “rebellious”, but there’s more to it than that. Alongside a palpable desire to improve the world around it, Harrison Spinks truly values its independence, and by creating its own materials and components, frees its products from any industry templates.

Take Synergy, a new modern-looking mattress collection with Cortec technology at its heart. Previewed at last year’s NBF Bed Show, Synergy will hit shopfloors (and AIS’ bed show) imminently. Made from just three ingredients (steel, polypropylene and polyester), each bed is easy to separate at the end of its life (or sooner, should elements need to be replaced), and fully recyclable. More importantly, says Simon, it’s really comfortable, and has received “fantastic” reviews from consumer focus groups.

 

 

Engineered to last

With Cortec under their belt, Harrison Spinks’ innovators are turning their attention to further improving both product and process. The former calls for even greater durability, and increased use of recycled content, while the latter is about exploring ideas for more sustainable construction at volume – such as inventing a system that re-pockets springs when the fabric around them wears out.

Choose life

Simon believes Cortec could benefit any number of sectors (it’s now finding its way into John Lewis’ upholstery), and even though it’s been in development for five years, the invention is very much of the moment. Thanks to David Attenborough et al, there’s more will than ever to live and buy sustainable, so Harrison Spinks’ historic efforts are truly starting to pay off.

According to Simon, the crux of the challenge lays in reclaiming product at the end of its life – so, through a new facility in Scunthorpe, Harrison Spinks will offer to recycle all returned Cortec mattresses free of charge. 

Time to act

If those 100,000 mattresses going to landfill each week were laid end to end, they’d stretch some 120 miles – roughly the distance from London to Birmingham.

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