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Sustainability Sessions and Networking Events

September 13-14, 2023

Le Mériden/Sheraton Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Hear from bedding industry professionals on the importance of sustainability and how to set and achieve sustainability goals within your organization.

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Thank you to our speakers and sponsors who participated in the 2023 ISPA Sustainability Conference!

Wednesday | September 13


12:00pm – 7:00pm



5:30pm – 7:00pm

Welcome Reception

Join us for refreshments and light fare as you meet and mingle with fellow conference attendees.

Sponsored by:
Atlanta Attachment Company Hickory Springs

Thursday | September 14


7:00am – 4:00pm



7:30AM – 8:30AM

Networking Breakfast

Connect with industry colleagues while enjoying a continental breakfast.


8:30AM – 9:30AM

Corporate Resilience and Renewal: How Sustainability Can Drive Stability and Growth

Speaker: Peter Cooke, Co-Founder, Ratio Institute
David Bennell, Global Leader in ESG and Sustainability Learn how operational sustainability can drive process, performance, and profit. Peter will discuss consumer trends, maximizing employee engagement, the benefits of risk management, and stories from 23 years in the field working with a variety of industries.
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9:30AM – 10:15AM

How to Build a Culture of Sustainability: Innovation and Design for Circularity – Drive Your Business and Strengthen Employee Engagement

Speaker: Josh Riggs, Senior Manager, Global Sustainability,  Milliken & Company

Josh Riggs, Senior Sustainability Manager,  Milliken & Company In a world of greenwashing and greenhushing, having a meaningful impact on our planet requires a business plan that infuses sustainability into every aspect of the organization. But before you can execute, creating buy-in internally is vital to success. In this candid conversation with Josh Riggs, Senior Sustainability Manager at Milliken & Company, you’ll learn how to communicate your company’s sustainability initiatives across multiple teams, create an environment that emphasizes employee engagement, and the role leaders must play in advocating for a culture of sustainability.

Attendees will walk away with valuable insights, practical strategies, actionable takeaways, and real-world examples of Milliken’s efforts to bring their commitment to positively impacting the world for future generations to life for their associates.

At Milliken & Company, a global diversified manufacturing and material science company, sustainability is a core value. From SBTi-validated net-zero targets and “World’s Most Ethical” honors to multi-million-dollar investments in cogeneration and publicly accessible sustainability reports, the company prioritizes sustainability at every level of the organization.


10:15AM – 10:45AM


Join us for a short coffee break.


10:45AM – 11:45AM

Sustainability Panel: How to Communicate Your Sustainability Story to Retailers and Mattress Shoppers

Moderator: Lisa Donaldson, Performance Materials Marketing, Covestro

Barrie Brown, Managing Director, Retail Strategies, LLC
Don Pflug, Senior Vice President, Operations, King Koil
Rhiannon Burch Hallam, Senior Vice President, Sales, BekaertDeslee USA, Inc.

Lisa will moderate a panel comprised of industry veterans to discuss new Better Sleep Council surveys that explore mattress consumer and retailer knowledge and attitudes about sustainability. The session will provide insights that the full mattress value chain can use to define and communicate their sustainability value proposition.

Sponsored by:
Better Sleep Council

11:45AM – 12:30PM

Making Product Circularity and Traceability a Reality

Stefaan Cognie, Co-Founder, TripleR (left)
Ryan McMullan, Principal Consultant, Lean Green Way (right)

StefaanCognie, Co-Founder, TripleRRyan McMullin, Principal Consultant, Lean Green WayIn March 2022, the European Commission proposed a package of legislative measures as part of the draft Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation, a component of the European Union’s Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP). A key measure included in the CEAP is introducing Digital Product Passports (DPP) into the European market. A DPP creates a digital twin of a physical product and securely records sustainability-related data throughout a product’s lifecycle in a shareable format. Final approval of the regulations is expected in 2024 and implementation estimated to start 2026/27. Get ahead of the game by learning how companies like TripleR are responding to the proposed regulations and the increased demand for product traceability.

Sponsored by:
Mattress Recycling Council

12:30PM – 1:45PM

Networking Lunch

Meet fellow attendees during lunch and discuss sustainability topics of interest to you.

Sponsored by:
Atlanta Attachment Company Hickory Springs

1:45PM – 2:30PM

IKEA’s Path to Circular Foam

Speaker: Jose Junior Naraval, Material Specialist for Foams, Textile Furnishings, Inter IKEA Group

Jose Junior Naraval, Material Specialist for Foams, Textile Furnishings, Inter IKEA Group Polyurethane foam, an important material in many mattresses, is traditionally sourced from virgin petrochemicals. To help achieve a more circular world, IKEA has committed to using only renewable and recycled materials by 2030. Jose will discuss IKEA’s efforts to develop mattress foam made with polyols recycled from production waste, post-consumer mattress foam and renewables.

2:30PM – 3:00PM


Grab a snack, coffee or tea during this short break.


3:00PM – 4:00PM

Parts of a Whole: How Manufacturers of Mattress Components are Innovating for a More Sustainable Future

Moderator: Ryan Trainer, President ISPA and MRC

Ethan McGuigan, Sustainability Systems Manager, Harrison Spinks
Jenny Tinsley, Manager, Corporate Communications & ESG, Culp, Inc.
Dennis Mater, Director, Performance Fibers, Kaneka Corporation

Ryan will lead our panel to discuss how they are attaining their sustainability goals while satisfying customer needs. Discover how manufacturers of mattress components and finished goods are embracing innovation, sustainable materials and environmentally conscious production to design mattresses for the future.

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September 13-14, 2023

Le Meridien/ Sheraton Charlotte, Charlotte, NC


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