We’re working hard on our sustainable credentials, but there isn’t enough room here to tell you about them all. So if you’d like to find out more about our progress and future targets, feel free to download a copy of our Impact Report.Download Report
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and our planet won’t be fixed overnight. But we’ve made a start, and we won’t stop until we’ve done all we can; we’re determined to examine and optimise our entire business for environmentally responsible production.
No stone unturned.
We know current methods of manufacturing create climate-warming emissions, and we’re working hard to address that. But we’ve made a start by investing in reforestation and biodiversity projects (in Peru, Brazil and the UK) that offset the emissions we produce from our outbound logistics, and as a result all our deliveries are now carbon neutral.
Our aim is to reach Net Zero by 2030 - to be responsible for as close to zero emissions as possible, allowing us to invest in projects that absorb emissions rather than simply offset them. To help us achieve this we’ve commissioned an emissions audit of our entire supply chain and business to help us prioritise our targets for 2022.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle; this applies to us like everyone else. So we’ve made sure every component of our mattresses can be recycled, from our foam comfort layers to our tiny Aerocoil springs; similarly, any leftover foam is repurposed into other things like dog beds or carpet underlay.
Our target is zero waste, so we’re committed to making recycling easier via improved design, as well as more informative and extensive customer support. But so far, we’re proud that all the mattresses returned to us already receive a second lease of life; they’re either recycled, or refurbished and redistributed through our outlet (so if you’d like to be on the front line of our recycling effort with us, you know where to go).
We’re using our engineering expertise to identify more environmentally responsible materials: so far we’ve removed as many pollutants as we can from our foam, we use sustainable wood, our textiles are OEKO-TEX certified (a safeguard against harmful substances), and we’re using more recycled materials (even plastic bottles) in our packaging and products. We’re also part of the Better Cotton movement (BCI), which works to reduce the environmental impact of cotton production.
But we know we can do more: we’re sourcing FSC certified wood, we’re swapping even more new materials for recycled ones, and we’re developing new, responsible foam technologies... The work continues.
We’ve invested in Canadian factories and suppliers wherever we can. It isn’t a flag waving exercise, it’s a genuine effort to keep manufacturing local, thereby creating jobs, building communities, and slashing transportation costs and emissions left, right, and centre. And it’s a principle we’re committed to, however much we grow and expand as a business in the future. For Simba, going global means staying local.
Simba believe we need two things to combat climate change effectively: a tangible target, and global teamwork. That’s why we’ve signed up to both The Climate Pledge and the SME Climate Hub (part of the UN’s Race to Zero initiative), consolidating our existing commitment to the BRC’s Climate Action Roadmap. These partnerships mean we’re teaming up with governments and other businesses around the world, working towards the common goal of net zero emissions by 2040.
But we’re aiming higher still. For Simba, it’s Net Zero by 2030, a full twenty years earlier than the date established by the Paris Agreement.
It’s our first step on this very important journey.
We’re excited to confirm Simba’s commitment to The Climate Pledge this year; I believe this new initiative will inspire us to build proactively on our existing pledges to the SME Climate Hub and the BRC Climate Action Road Map, allowing us to bring forward our Net Zero target even further to 2030. Working alongside a wide variety of partners around the world, we will continue to make the changes needed across our business to meet this important goal.