Today the sustainability revolution is accelerating faster than expected, driven by demand from both consumers and investors (i.e. Environmental, Social, and Governance/ESG rating).
There has been a worldwide mentality shift provoked by the idea that, unlike past thinking, access to resources will become limited in the future. Industry leaders recognise the long-term ecological benefits compared to the short-term downside associated with necessary investment costs.
Our company’s foundation is built on making a good product. Good in the sense that when producing and consuming, it doesn’t cause harm to individuals (our employees, customers, partners and their families), nor to our community or the world we live in.
Take a look at some of Theptex’ sustainable and social business practices.
Natural latex comes from the milky fluid in the bark of the rubber tree (Hevea Brasiliensis). Tapping a rubber tree to collect the sap will not kill the tree so they continue to neutralise tonnes of CO² for many years to come.
However, not all rubber tree plantations are evenly sustainable. Scientists have linked rubber monoculture to environmental treats such deforestation, reduction in water reserves, soil productivity and biodiversity. That is why Theptex chose to obtain the IFOAM certificate for organic rubber crop cultivation, which helps sustain the health of soils, ecosystems, and people.
Minimal transport distances because the factory is situated close to the source of the raw material (rubber plantations).
Use of electric powered forklifts.
Free van sharing service for employees to reach the nearest public transportation point.
Theptex produces latex foam using the traditional Dunlop process. This process is less intensive and involves fewer steps compared to the Talalay process, and hence lowers our environmental footprint.
Dunlop latex is denser and more resilient than Talalay latex foam. Our in-house test lab also selects only the highest quality of latex milk for improved durability hence prolonging the life cycle of the mattress even more. As a result, Theptex mattresses can last up to 20 years, which is much longer than any other mattress, and helps to protect the world’s natural resources.
But producing a green product doesn’t stop at the production line. Theptex implements environmentally friendly processes all the way from the sourcing of raw materials down to our daily operations.
The wastewater of our factory is filtered so it can safely be returned into the environment.
Implementation of a water heating system based on heat recovery from our drying chambers.
Re-use of water from the mattress washing station lowering consumption of water in the whole washing process by 42%.
Compression by rolling machines enables savings in volume for transport and warehousing.
We lowered the amount of packaging we use by optimising our packaging methods.
Use of recycled plastic packaging only.
We are researching eco-friendlier alternatives for the plastic packaging which can offer us the same tensile strength.
Close cooperation with a local recycling company so our waste is collected separately and re-used or recycled.
3’R’s paper project: reduction of paper waste by over 10%.
Waste to energy: energy recovery from non-recyclable latex scrap.
Application of re-use systems wherever possible – one example is our in-house repair station for wooden pallets.
We shred latex foam that does not meet our high-quality standards so it can be used in recycling projects (i.e. shredded latex bean bags or bolsters).
Theptex captured the hidden opportunity the sustainable revolution has created by inventing new foam products and customised shapes with sustainable natural foam.
This allowed us to form innovative partnerships with companies outside of the bedding industry such as; shoe, automotive, motorcycle, sport, lifestyle and packaging industry.
Climate protection and the sustainable use of resources were already the driving forces to establish Theptex in 2015 when we realized that mattresses pose a serious problem to our environment when it comes to disposal.
The costs to recycle a conventional mattress, made of many different components, are so high that a mattress often just ends up in a landfill. There the mattress becomes a big mass of non-biodegradable mixed materials; metal spring/coils, synthetic foams, padding and fabric, etc. So the problem of mattress disposal can be tackled from 2 sides; recycling and biodegradability.
A full-block natural latex foam mattress is easy to recycle and therefore provides a sustainable solution in comfort. In the worst-case scenario, when a 100% natural latex mattress does end up in a landfill, it is biodegradable.
latex foam tested and certified to have a minimum 95% of Natural Latex Content. Theptex stays true to the traditional Dunlop production process and refrains from adding any synthetic latex or plastic based fillers making it suitable for biodegradation.
SGS (no VOC, no SBR)
Our products comply with international VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) requirements that safeguard the environment and human health.
Green Industry – Sustainability
Complying with the standards of conducting business in an environmental friendly and socially responsible way. Wastewater treatment, water and steam recycling .
IFOAM accreditation delivered by the Governmental Agency ACT (Agriculture Certification Thailand) for latex harvested from organic rubber farms in Thailand.
ACT EU Group
ACT certifies that operations and products comply with EU organic regulations.
ACT CANADA PROGRAM
Products certified according to the COR (Canadian Organic Regime) standards and in compliance with the terms of the US-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement.
Theptex aims to do better for the environment and for the wellbeing of our employees, customers and the community.
We support our employees both professionally and personally, pay living wages and offer extended medical coverage.
Thailand is an attractive destination for migrant workers from neighbouring countries (Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos). However, many of them lack legal status which makes them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Theptex helps migrant workers to become legally documented upon employment so they will be treated justly and are compensated fairly.