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SEPTEMBER 25-26, 2024

Hilton Charlotte Uptown
Charlotte, NC

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Two days of thought-provoking discussions, valuable connections, and cutting-edge insights into sustainability in the bedding industry.

Our lineup of speakers and panelists will explore sustainability topics that can drive your business forward.

Wednesday | September 25

Registration Hours:

8:00AM – 6:00PM

8:30AM — 8:45AM

Continental Breakfast

8:45AM — 12:00PM

Pre-conference seminar:

Circular Design Principles with the University of Pittsburgh

The circular economy focuses on using resources efficiently and minimizing waste from product lifecycles. Dr. Melissa Bilec will provide attendees with a short course derived from the University of Pittsburgh’s Circular Economy Program. Topics include designing for circularity, environmental economics, supply chain management, life cycle assessments, and consumer behavior. This session will lay the groundwork for the afternoon meeting of MRC’s Industry Workgroup on Circular Design, focusing specifically on circular design topics relevant to the mattress industry.


Dr. Melissa Bilec, Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and Co-Director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, University of Pittsburgh

Main conference registration required.
Additional fee: Members: $350 | Non-Members: $425

1:30PM — 4:30PM

Pre-conference workgroup:

Mattress Recycling Council's Industry Workgroup on Circular Design

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) will host participants in the mattress value chain to discuss deconstruction challenges noted by mattress recyclers with the goal of improving the circularity of future mattress designs. This meeting will be relevant to product designers, foam suppliers, mattress manufacturers, and recyclers.

The purpose of the industry workgroup is to:

  • Discuss whether current materials and assembly techniques will pose recycling challenges when mattresses reach the end of consumer use
  • Inform materials suppliers, designers, and manufacturers about recycler deconstruction challenges and discuss how product design affects post-consumer materials management
  • Explore methods to improve the circularity of mattresses by reducing manufacturing waste and encouraging design and manufacturing practices that consider the recycling value of post-consumer mattress materials, while balancing product function and durability
  • Establish consensus circular design principles for the mattress industry

This meeting is the continuation of several discussions about mattress circularity and recycling challenges. MRC’s objective in this meeting is to help mattress component suppliers, product designers, and mattress manufacturers take deconstruction challenges faced by mattress recyclers into account when developing and assembling products.


Ryan McMullan, Director, Sustainability Strategy, Lean Green Way Kate CaddyDirector, SustainabilityISPA

Sponsored by:
Mattress Recycling Council

Main conference registration required.
Included with registration fee.

5:30PM — 7:00PM

Welcome Reception

Mix and mingle with fellow conference attendees before you head out for dinner.

Thursday | September 26

Registration Hours:

7:00AM – 4:00PM

7:30AM — 8:30AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30AM — 9:15AM

Sustainability at Carpenter: Turning Over a New Leaf in Private Industry

Learn about the evolution of sustainability at Carpenter, why they started to focus on circular economy, and how they take action in a meaningful way.

9:15AM — 10:00AM

Greenwashing: The Green Guides and Compliance with Environmental Claims

As consumer interest in environmentally friendly products continues to rise, businesses are increasingly challenged with effectively communicating their environmental efforts to consumers. The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Green Guides are designed to prevent deceptive environmental claims in advertising and promote transparency and accuracy in green marketing. This session will provide an overview of the FTC Green Guides and help companies navigate the regulatory landscape to maintain compliance with their environmental claims.


Lindsay Brewer, Associate, Covington & Burling LLP

10:00AM — 10:30AM


10:30AM — 11:00AM

Certifying Sustainability: Navigating 3rd Party Certifications for Environmental Claims

This session will provide companies with the tools to verify their environmental claims. The presenters will discuss different types of sustainability certification schemes and the pros and cons of each approach. Leave this session feeling empowered to make informed decisions about your sustainability initiatives.


Michael Savarie</strong>, Sustainability Program Manager for Circularity and Textiles, UL Solutions Scott Laughlin, Product Manager, UL Solutions

11:00AM — 11:30AM

Sustainability Policy: Legislative Updates and Trends

Learn about issues and driving forces behind sustainability-related legislative and policy developments that affect the mattress industry. Andrew will provide an expert analysis of the evolving regulatory landscape, offering attendees a glimpse into the future direction of industry regulations.


Andrew Hackman, Principal Lobbyist, Serlin Haley, LLP

11:30AM — 12:45PM

Networking Lunch

12:45PM — 1:30PM

Mattress Recycling Council Research Update

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) continues its focus and investment on developing better and new markets for recycled materials. MRC will share several promising research projects to help improve the circularity of post-consumer mattress materials.


Mike Gallagher, Director of Research and Innovation, Mattress Recycling Council

1:30PM — 2:15PM

Coffee and Connections

Take an extended break to chat and collaborate with fellow attendees.

2:15PM — 3:00PM

Navigating Sustainability Communication: Insights for Manufacturers, Retailers, and Consumers

This panel will address the challenges of effectively communicating a manufacturer's sustainability initiatives to retailers and consumers and discuss actionable insights and practical tips to enhance their communication strategies.

3:00PM — 3:45PM

Powering Efficiency: Improving Energy Management in Manufacturing

This session will highlight ENERGY STAR’s Regional Industrial Assistant Hub program that helps small to medium-sized manufacturers develop or improve their energy management programs. The program provides companies with energy management training, networking with other industries to share best practices, and no-cost support from an expert industrial energy manager. Betsy will share company success stories from current participants in the program.


Betsy Dutrow, Manager, ENERGY STAR Industrial Partnerships

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September 25-26, 2024

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