Recent Developments in the World of Mattresses

ILSR long term working partner Saint Vincent De Paul of Lane County, OR, has added another program to expand its role as refurbisher and recycler of old mattresses through a unique arrangement to distribute mattresses manufactured by Boston based Tempur-Pedic Company to needy families.

From 2015 Annual Report of Saint Vincent De Paul, Lane County, OR

St. Vincent De Paul Society of Lane County, partnering with Tempur- Pedic, distributed more than 100 high-quality twin mattresses in January to low-income families.

St. Vinnie’s employees helped load the mattresses into vehicles for the recipients, who had received vouchers for the mattresses from SVdP’s social services office. “I really needed one of these,” said Alan Whitman, who said a leg injury has made it difficult for him to get in and out of his current bed. “This mattress is going to be amazing–and it’s free. That’s unbelievable.”

Tempur-Pedic, headquartered in Boston, is distributing near-new mattresses that have been restored and sanitized to SVdP as part of a pilot project that may be extended to other St. Vincent locations across the country. Since January, the mattresses have been distributed to needy families through SVdP’s partnership with the District Council conferences.

“For an organization like (Tempur- Pedic) to have such great corporate responsibility and find a way to make this work for others is incredible. And for us, receiving this high- quality product for low-income families, … it’s unheard of,” said Terry McDonald, SVdP executive director.

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Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Waste to Wealth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.