He went on to praise the industry for its efforts in the circular economy and challenged it to do more.
'Our world is at a turning point,' he told delegates. 'We must take action.'
People want sustainable products; we should build on the strength of our industry. Our products give quality of life, well-being and they help the economy,' he added.
But the industry needs to embrace the circular economy, he said. 'We need to 'take, make, use, reuse, reuse, reuse, again and again and again,' he said.
'This is a challenge, we have to rethink the usefulness of the final product. It also challenges us to think about what it can be used for after the end of its first life.'
He said that reuse could be through mechanical reprocessing or chemical routes such as glycolysis.
'More than 1bn lbs/year of waste polyurethane foam is being recycled back into carpet underlay,' he told delegates. 'Each day 800 lbs PU foam is recovered from a single mattress recycling facility in Alameda, California.'
'This a great start,' he said. He added that 'the industry needs gates to be more open to allow healthy discussions around the subject.