Manufacturer of folding beds, sofabeds and mattresses Jay-Be has announced that it has actively diverted the equivalent of more than 100 million plastic bottles from going into landfill and the oceans.

Liona Ripley, director of commercial and corporate responsibility at Jay-Be, says: “Earth Day feels the right time to reflect and share how proud we are to have prevented more than 100 million plastic bottles from going into landfill and our oceans simply by replacing foam with e-Fibre in our mattresses.”

The innovative e-Fibre used in Jay-Be’s mattresses is a smart polyester fibre created from recycled plastic bottles which are bonded together into comfort layers, offering varying softnesses and support like foam. Unlike foam, e-Fibre is free from Volatile Organic Compound emissions (VOCs), and is odourless and hypoallergenic. Furthermore, the unique open cell structure of e-Fibre comfort layers allows air to flow through the mattress, which reduces moisture build up, thereby creating a drier, fresher and more ambient sleep environment.

Marking its continued commitment to sustainability, Jay-Be has also received ISO 14001:2015 certification, and is thought to be the first UK bed manufacturer to have achieved this standard.

“We believe we’re the first UK bed manufacturer to have achieved ISO 14001:2015," continues Liona, "and by securing this certification our customers and other stakeholders can be confident that we meet international industry-specific environmental standards.”

As part of the ISO certification process, Jay-Be focused on its waste management systems, recycling wherever possible and sourcing outlets for waste raw materials. This effort was also rewarded in 2021 With Valpak, Zero Waste to landfill certification.