Manchester – Vita Comfort UK has signed up to the UK’s National Bed Federation (NBF) ‘Pledge for our Planet’. The pledge is an industry-wide commitment across bed and bedding manufacturers, and their suppliers, to make continuous environmental improvements at a company and product level.
The pledge itself has been designed so it can be updated to reflect changing legislation, changes in the market and technological advances. NBF hopes to get all companies in the market signed up to the pledge, regardless of their size or their current progress with sustainability.
Pledge signatories are required to meet two-year and five-year sustainability goals, with more ambitious targets for 2030 and 2050. Signatories pledge that their corporate mission statements will show support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals 12 (ensure sustainable consumption and production pattern) and 13 (take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).
In the first two years, signatories pledge to measure internal carbon emissions and set targets for their reduction, as well as measuring and recording product returns, and segregation and treatment of production wastes. They will also advise customers how to care for their products, and how to dispose of them responsibly once they reach their end of life.
Further targets have been set for the first five years, including transparent disclosure of carbon targets, and measure and reduce carbon emissions down the supply chain. They will also show they have cut product returns and production waste, and increased the amount they reuse, repurpose or recycle.
Companies committed to the pledge will be required to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 50% before 2030, and to reach Net Zero by 2050.