Category Archives: Environment

L&P Sustainability Efforts: Chemical Safety

L&P is a relatively low-volume user of chemicals, with the largest use in our Specialty Foam business. These chemicals have low environmental impact as the manufacturing process yields a small amount of emissions by employing clean manufacturing technologies such as the use of MDI-based foams, as well as reactive and low-emission catalysts and surfactants.

Products meeting CertiPUR-US requirements meet strict clean limits for materials such as:

  • Ozone Depleting Compounds
  • PBDEs, TDCPP, or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants
  • Mercury, lead, and other heavy metals
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalates

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L&P Sustainability Efforts: Flooring Products

Because of the investments we have made to reduce the environmental impact of our Flooring Products business, when our customers install L&P carpet underlayment products, they make a direct contribution toward their LEED green building certification.

Green attributes of our carpet cushion products include:

  • Recyclable: all products can be 100% recycled at the end of their useful life
  • Chemical Safety: all products exceed the CRI Green Label Plus test program
  • Recycled Content:
    • Bonded / Bonded Plus carpet cushion consists of 100% recycled foam
    • Rubber XD / Rubber Plus carpet cushions contain not less than 20% pre-consumer recycled material
    • Fiber carpet cushion comprised from a high percentage of industry-derived recycled fibers
  • Renewable Technology: Bonded / Bonded Plus carpet cushion replaces petroleum-based polyol with BioBasic® renewable seed oil

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L&P Sustainability Efforts: Responsible Forestry

Our facilities are actively working to reduce the environmental impact associated with our production methods, including using responsible sourcing methods.

We use wood in various bedding products, including static foundations. Every year, approximately half of the wood we use in our U.S. bedding products comes from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified sources. We’re also increasing the use of FSC-certified wood products in our Work Furniture business to help our customers achieve their sustainability goals.

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L&P Sustainability Efforts: Recycled Steel

Our facilities are actively working to reduce the environmental impact associated with our production methods, including through the use of recycled materials.

Steel is our principal raw material. The wire we produce from steel is used in various products, including mattress innersprings. The majority of the scrap steel we use is shipped from less than 120 miles away — and 15% is shipped from within 5 miles.

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Photo Gallery: Energy Treasure Hunt at the Carthage Wire Mill

We recently began a very exciting partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) called the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program. This voluntary partnership initiative will help us drive significant energy efficiency improvements, and we’re among 195 other leading manufacturers and public utilities partnering with DOE.

As part of the partnership, a large team of L&P employees recently participated in an Energy Treasure Hunt at the Carthage Wire Mill. They divided up into four smaller teams and then focused their attention on energy use, such as building lighting and equipment efficiency. They walked around the plant looking for areas of improvement and ultimately found 33 unique opportunities (14 of significant status) to conserve or reduce energy.

Theresa Block, Staff VP in Environmental Affairs, was excited to see the energy of the participants. “It was amazing to see everyone smile throughout the day and get so involved. I think everyone saw the value of their efforts.”

Activities like the Treasure Hunt are important because they help spur interactions and shared ideas. “We must continue to move forward and recognize the need for efficiency of our processes,” says Branch Manager Doug Thrasher. “If we’re cognizant of what we are doing today and how to improve it, then we’ll help impact the future endeavors of L&P.”

Environmental Affairs: Preserving the Planet We Call Home

For our Environmental Affairs team, business as usual means “saving the world.” They collaborate with our branches worldwide to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and to build a companywide environmental sustainability program. Their work often exists in the details – the parts per million, the gallons of liquid, the kwh of electricity – but has big impacts on our planet and our people.

Our Planet

Environmental compliance for all Leggett & Platt branches around the world means ensuring that air emissions, wastewater discharges, waste handling, and chemical use and storage are in full compliance with all local, state, and federal government regulations. At L&P, environmental compliance is not voluntary or just a good idea; it is mandated by the L&P Board of Directors.

To support that mandate, Environmental Affairs works hard to provide our branch operations managers the resources they need to develop and maintain their site-specific environmental compliance programs. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Environmental Affairs Hosts Second Annual Green Fling

On April 22, our Corporate Conference Center transformed into “The Greatest Show on Earth Day” as the Environmental Affairs team hosted the second annual Green Fling. Employees enjoyed a morning of games, fortune telling, popcorn, cotton candy, music, and giveaways. Various community vendors shared ways we can better care for our environment, offered free plants and trees, and even collected employees’ recyclable household materials on-site. Here are some of our favorite photos!


Photo Gallery: Environmental Affairs Kicks Off First Annual Green Fling

It may have been pouring outside, but rain didn’t stop our Environmental Affairs team from kicking off the first annual Green Fling at the Corporate Office. On May 29, our Conference Center transformed into a party with games, prizes, music, giveaways, and a photo booth. Recycling vendors collected employees’ recyclable household materials such as cardboard, aluminum, and even electronic waste. Check out a few of our favorite photos from the day!

Company Spotlight: High Point Furniture Sets an Eco-Example

Ruby Jones and Richard Weeks each have over 20 years of experience with Leggett & Platt.

Ruby Jones and Richard Weeks each have over 20 years of experience with Leggett & Platt.

Environmental awareness runs deep at High Point Furniture in High Point, North Carolina. The Leggett & Platt manufacturing facility, which produces a variety of furniture components, recently hit a milestone, becoming landfill-free – meaning it reduced its waste sent to landfills from 41 tons a year to zero.

To accomplish this impressive goal, High Point has basically made recycling a way of life. Everything that is recyclable is recycled appropriately, and things that aren’t go to a waste-to-energy plant, where they’re converted into fuel for kilns.

Building a better recycling program

High Point began its recycling journey in October 2009, when the American Home Furnishing Alliance started the Enhancing Furniture’s Environmental Culture program and encouraged High Point to participate. By March of 2010, High Point had become the first supplier company to complete the program successfully. The branch found that, through the program, it could not only reduce its carbon footprint, but also save money along the way. Continue reading

Eco Initiative Highlights – Spring 2015

LP-Ecoiniative-3410-300x134-colorfixedHere are two recent examples of Leggett & Platt’s commitment to be a good steward of our resources and environment. (Items in italics might be slightly embellished.)

Saving Energy by Reducing Horsepower

With a goal of energy savings, our Houston Foam facility (in Mississippi, not Texas) evaluated every motor in the plant and found they could cut some unnecessary horsepower. By replacing an over-sized motor for grinding equipment and removing an auger and drying fans that were no longer needed, they reduced total horsepower by 180, or 8%.

According to latest reports, the 180 liberated horses are now running wild and free across Mississippi.

Putting an Old Boiler Out to Pasture

Our Sponge Cushion facility in Morris, IL, which makes carpet cushion, has reduced fuel consumption and emissions by retiring a half-century old piece of equipment.

Working with their natural gas provider, NICOR, the plant found that their 1950s boiler used to cure synthetic rubber was, not surprisingly, a bit of a gas guzzler. While the boiler had served them well (and certainly shows they know how to maintain plant equipment), Sponge Cushion estimated they could reduce fuel usage 53% by upgrading to a modern unit.

Once installed, however, the new boiler performed even better than expected, using 65% less fuel. This is saving 104,000 therms of natural gas and eliminating 500 tons of CO2 annually.

With its replacement sweating away, the retired boiler is cooling off poolside in Palm Springs.