Our Sustainability Story So Far And What We Plan To Do Next
Here at The Fine Bedding Company we pride ourselves on being an innovative and sustainability conscious company. We consistently work to improve our offering so we can be ahead of the curve, and provide one of the most ethically sourced, environmentally friendly bedding ranges you can buy; because why wouldn’t you want your bedding to be the best it can be? We make environmentally friendly bedding so you can sleep peacefully knowing you’re helping to protect the planet for the generations to come.
We asked the Fine Bedding Team all about their sustainability values and what their plans are for the future, so you can know what to expect from them in the near and not so distant future.
What’s The 5 Year Sustainability Plan?
“Within the next 5 years we aim to be B Corp certified, all of our packaging will either be fully recyclable or made out of recycled materials. We also aim for our factory to be carbon neutral and for all of our polyester fibres to be 100% GRS certified recycled. We’re also working towards reducing our raw materials CO2 output by 40%, as well as looking at recycling schemes for duvets and pillows at the end of life. Currently, there’s no clear or convenient way to dispose of old bedding besides either landfill or donation, we’d love to be able to solve that problem.” - Claire, Managing Director at The Fine Bedding Company.
Being a certified B Corporation business is a big deal and something to be proud to be part of. Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability, these companies are recognised for balancing profit and purpose.
What Sustainability Plans Are We Currently Working On?
“Primarily we’re focusing on the packaging project which should be launching in 2022. The aim is to have all our Fine Bedding Company collection packaging made mostly out of recycled materials, rather than using virgin plastics, and will either be recyclable or reusable.” - Laura, Head of Marketing at The Fine Bedding Company.
Packaging is a great place to start. Soft plastics can be recycled, the importance of recyclability has been shown only recently when big supermarket companies like Tesco's and The Co-operative launched their soft plastic recycling scheme. This is of course brilliant, however a large expanse will still end up in landfill at the end of its product life cycle as not everyone chooses to use the scheme; this is why using recyclable materials in the first place is a winning formulation, and what The Fine Bedding Company aims to accomplish in 2022! Keep an eye out for recyclable packaging in the near future.
What Are The Fine Bedding Company’s Top 3 Sustainability Tips?
1 - Purchase Durable Products With A Long Product Life
It’s the age old saying, ‘buy cheap, buy twice’. Some companies build low-cost products that are built to last a very short amount of time in order to encourage you to buy regular replacements.
This is great for their wallet, but not so great for yours, or the planet. Here at The Fine Bedding Company we only make long lasting, durable products that are built to last. This way you won’t need to worry about replacing your bedding every month, its high quality and will last. The planet will thank you for investing in high quality and not contributing to excessive material usage and landfill.
2 - Use Eco-Friendly Washing Products
When washing your bedding or anything else for that matter, make sure to use eco-friendly cleaning products. Some detergents contain nasties that when released into the water system through washing have a negative impact on our ecosystems.
Using an environmentally friendly detergent and cleaning materials will help to protect our waters and the creatures that live in them. Did you know that washing something at 60°C can sometimes omit the need for using strong detergents? The high heat can kill bacteria and germs, preventing the need for harsh detergents!
3 - Ensure You Buy From Brands That Withhold High Sustainability Values
Buy from brands that have good eco-friendly and sustainable practices. It’s the big businesses that cause the most damage to the planet, with just 100 companies responsible for over 70% of global emissions. Our advice is to support businesses and brands that uphold ethically responsible practices that aim to protect the planet.
Here at The Fine Bedding Company we strive to be as sustainable and environmentally conscious as possible, we aren’t the smallest of companies but being eco-friendly and ethical is one of our biggest values that we continue to stand by.
What Current Sustainability Actions Make FBC Stand Out from the Crowd?
“Global Recycled Standard (GRS) recycled fibre is used in all our duvets, in order to reduce single use plastics and preserve virgin material sources. 65% of all the polyester fibre we use is GRS Certified and made from recycled plastic bottles, with our duvets and pillows being produced in our eco-factory running on renewable energy. The Fine Bedding factory is zero waste and paperless, we’re meticulous about only using the materials we need, without creating excess.”
“All feather and down used in Fine Bedding products is DOWNPASS Certified. This ensures the ethical sourcing of down and feathers from ducks and geese, and is a by-product of the food industry. In addition, all our cotton is sourced through the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), the BCI is a non-profit governance group which promotes ethical cotton farming practices across 21 countries.” - Claire, Managing Director at The Fine Bedding Company.
How Do We Ensure We Look After the Planet and Provide Luxury Bedding?
“Our focus is always on creating quality sleep products, but as sustainability is threaded through every part of our business we seek our solutions to make products in an ethical and responsible way, without compromising on quality. Using high quality cotton and fibres that are designed to last, whilst ensuring that materials are sustainably and ethically sourced” - Laura, Head of Marketing at The Fine Bedding Company.
It’s safe to say that we have sustainability at the forefront of the business. Buy what you love, but most importantly love what you buy, ensure the ethics of the brands you buy align with your own beliefs and the planet will be a better place.
To find out more about our sustainability practices click here.