Here are some commonly asked questions and our answers.
1. Why is sustainability important for the mattress business?
A: Improving sustainability in ANY product category is important but for mattresses, it’s particularly important because these are among the largest consumer products in size, along with cars, refrigerators, and washing machines, taking a lot of fuel to transport. At Zinus, we have focused our efforts on the mattress ingredients (including innovative recycling methods) and substantially reduce transportation.
2. What does it mean that Zinus has reduced its carbon footprint?
A: The term “carbon footprint” relates to the amount of carbon emission a product produces. 200 years ago when mattresses were stuffed with horsehair or hay, there was very little carbon footprint associated with mattresses. Today, transportation to the end-user creates a large carbon footprint. Over many years of development, Zinus has perfected the “Compression Technology” that enables us to reduce the mattress size by 60%, resulting in more mattresses transported in a single truck than conventional mattresses. Only using the highest quality materials enables this process to work.
3. Isn’t memory foam a not-so-green matterial?
A: Memory foam (visco elastic foam) is made from petroleum products; but with amazing comfort benefits, how can we make it better? Just like automobiles that provide a benefit today, auto-makers are working on ways to sustainably improve them. Our latest formula now replaces up to 20% fossil fuels with renewable, sustainable plant-seed oil. This is a work-in-progress initiative for us at Zinus as we continuously try to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.
4. How is memory foam recyclable?
A: Memory foam, like other types of foam, are being recycled into second-life products such as carpet padding. We recommend contacting your local recycling center for recycled memory foam, as increasingly more recycling centers are able to do this.
5. Why did you use green tea extract in your memory foam formula?
A: Some of our competitors add chemical-based ingredients for odor-control. Green tea extract has been proven to be a natural, renewable deodorizer that works very well in memory foam products.
6. What’s so special about your low-ink packaging; how is that a sustainability initiative?
A: Considering all the packaging that is used one-time, inks and coatings on packaging can have a big impact on the environment. We are moving towards more low-ink packaging, very often vegetable-based ink, which is easier to breakdown. Not all of our packaging fits this now, but we are trying to move more products under this initiative.
7. How is your primary factory helping with your corporate sustainability initiatives?
A: Newer factories operate more efficiently and use fewer natural resources to make products. That’s why we built a brand new factory in 2006 in a port-city so goods can be shipped more efficiently.
8. What is Tencel® fabric & how is that part of your sustainability initiatives?
A: Tencel is a premium brand of fabric that is made from wood-pulp, a renewable resource with incredible properties, such as breath-ability and cool to the touch. Wonderful!
9. How are your coil mattresses more sustainable?
A: Virtually all the steel that goes into our coil mattresses come from recycled steel.
10. What can I do to contribute to improved sustainability when it comes to sleep products?
A: First, we thank you for considering Zinus products. Beyond that, the biggest impact you can make is to make sure that when the life of your mattress comes to an end, that you take your mattress to a recycling center that can break down your mattress to its component parts to become second-life products.