Sustainability Initiatives Reduce Waste, Landfill Use
DUQUESNE, Pa. – American Textile Company (ATC), a leading manufacturer of quality mattress and pillow protectors, bed pillows and mattress pads, recently launched two initiatives that will reduce its impact on the environment and help the company to pursue environmental excellence and greener practices.
ATC‘s newly appointed Vice President of Compliance and Sustainability, John Angelini, is behind the initiatives. His appointment further indicates the company’s commitment to doing its part to move toward greener manufacturing processes.
Immediately reducing landfill waste
In May, Angelini began contracting with Pittsburgh Recycling Services to recycle cardboard, office paper and shrink-wrap generated at ATC’s Duquesne manufacturing facility. Every week, approximately 2.5 tons of waste will be recycled instead of dumped into a landfill, with a yearly estimate of more than 130 tons recycled.
“This is just one of several steps we are taking as a company to be more environmentally conscious and to help preserve the planet for future generations,” said Angelini.
Eco-friendly packaging planned
Also on deck for ATC is the introduction of eco-friendly packaging on several of its products, including its flagship, the Aller-Ease brand of products, designed for allergy and asthma sufferers. The new packaging will be made from recyclable cardboard material, instead of the previously used plastic material. This packaging change alone – slated to begin being used on ATC’s retail products by the end of 2008 – is estimated to reduce the company’s plastic landfill waste by 300,000 pounds annually.