Largest US Pillow Maker To Have Zero Waste by 2010


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You may not know their name, but there is a high chance that you have their products in your home if you've ever purchased a pillow from Bed, Bath and Beyond, Sears, Ikea, Bloomingdale's, Costco, Wal-mart, Target or Marshalls. Hollander Home Fashions makes one out of every three pillows on the market today and Sustainable Business reports this morning that they plan to become a zero waste company by 2010.The plan has been 18 months in the making and took a holistic look at their entire operations to figure out how to not just go green but also become a more efficient operation in the process. Employees and experts were asked to weigh in on the plan and things like recycling got a major boost.

While most of their pillows are nothing to shake a sustainable stick at, last year they did launch their 100% recycled plastic pillow. The pillow saves over 11 million pounds of plastic bottles from going into landfills. Hollander also plans to create mattress pads and comforters with more sustainable materials like eco-friendly fibers and recycled packaging. The facility is getting more efficient in their shipping routes, resulting in 400 fewer truckloads and 68% of their inbound freight arrives on US EPA SmartWay partners vehicles. They also saved 4.2 million square feet of corrugate by eliminating materials. A sustainability report on the progress and goals will be released in 2009.

Hollander Home Fashions is based in Boca Raton, Florida.

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