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Trendsetter scoops environmental award

Bedding manufacturer Trendsetter International has been recognised for its environmental practices with a Gold award for Engineering and Manufacturing at the Green Apple Awards.

The Green Apple Environment Awards is a scheme run by The Green Organisation.  They recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.

Trendsetter beat more than 500 other nominations for Environmental Best Practice. Organisers said that Trendsetter stood out from the other entries with the transformation of its Estonian production factory, Trendsetter Europe, and its re-invention from a manufacturing-focused organisation to one that is operating to the highest environmental standards.

Trendsetter’s project has achieved stringent targets in the recycling of waste product, energy consumption and type of energy consumed. During the course of the project Trendsetter has achieved the following accreditations and standards:

ISO 14001 Accreditation; Green Energy: 100% renewable energy supply; Sustained and continuing overall reduction in energy used; Huge shift from almost all waste going to landfill to 94% factory waste recycled; Achieved M&S Eco Factory Status; Oeko-Tex Standard 100; Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) Accreditation; Using recycled fibre equivalent to approximately 17 million plastic bottles; Implementation of an integrated innovative processing technique: SonicSeam which reduces production line waste by approximately 7% compared with traditional overlocking by reducing the amount of material that needs to be trimmed off resulting in average monthly waste dropping from 22tonnes to 16tonnes which is recycled.

‘It is fantastic that Trendsetter’s efforts to manufacture to the highest achievable environmental standards have been recognised with this award. Our sustainability commitment has created an industry leading production centre that we’re all really proud of. We’re not stopping here though. Our ongoing improvements and commitment to educating, inspiring and engaging the workforce in environmental best practice is integral to the business ethos. Raising awareness of developing more sustainable thinking across the business and the surrounding community as a whole is a continuous initiative. We have set further targets to further reduce usage of energy intensive production techniques and the business is already engaging in research and developments towards more Circular Economy production,’ said Claire Watkin, Trendsetter md.

Trendsetter’s winning paper will be published in The Green Book, a leading international work of reference on environmental best practice,