Soft Landing has been developing a mattress product stewardship scheme, alongside industry, since 2014. The Soft Landing Scheme is designed to increase resource recovery and the diversion of waste from landfill in order to minimise the environmental, health and safety impacts of end of life mattresses.
As a not-for- profit social enterprise, the Soft Landing Scheme prioritises the creation of employment opportunities for people who have experienced barriers to employment, this in-turn benefits the economic health and wellbeing of the community.
Soft Landing has worked with industry leaders A.Prince Consulting on the governance and modelling of the scheme, and in July 2016 partnered with TIC Mattress Recycling in Sydney and Melbourne to integrate world’s leading technology and logistics into our highest density cities.
The Inaugural Executive Committee meeting was held in June 2016.
Soft Landing Product Stewardship Members
Soft Landing Partners
International Schemes and Peak Bodies
Managing Director, Thermotec
Michael has over 40 years’ experience in manufacturing and distribution companies at a local and International level.
Previous executive and board experience includes:
Deputy Chairman, Macquarie Community College
Managing Director, Grief Packaging International - Asia Pacific & China
President & Secretary Blow Moulders Institute
President & Secretary Drum & Can Makers Institute
Michael brings a wealth of knowledge at a senior executive level in manufacturing across all types of materials and processes (plastic, steel, foam, pulp and paper) and first hand exposure in implementation and the effective execution of recycling systems. In his senior Executive Director and Board roles Michael has brought expertise on strategy, business development and effective implementation through to delivery of results for all stakeholders.
Michael has extensive experience in jointly setting the strategy, innovation, process development, distribution and collection, training and implementation for various products to achieve their “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” programs. These include DrumMuster, a long-running product stewardship scheme, the roll out of the Australian Packaging Covenant and Planet Ark recycling scheme in the early 1990’s, through to early 2003, a national “closed loop” cost benefit, recycling system for 205 litre drums and 1000 litre IBC’s for all the major oil and chemical companies in Australia and New Zealand. Also, a “Cradle to Grave” business model for the manufacture, recycle and reuse system for 15 litre Polycarbonate water bottles.
Michael looks forward to the Soft Landing Mattress Product Stewardship Scheme establishing a sustainable mattress recycling system that acts as a vehicle to offer employment opportunities throughout the community, and that grows to be seen as World’s Best Practice.
Michael is based in Sydney, NSW.
Manufacturing Services Manager, Sealy of Australia
Vernon has 38 years of global bedding Industry experience including:
Executive – Cape Furniture Manufacturers Association * Council Member of the Bargaining Council of the Furniture Manufacturing Industry of the Western Cape
Elected Trustee Afcol Provident Fund (Steinhoff)
CEO and Member of the Board of Directors, Edblo Africa (subsidiary of Steinhoff International Holdings).
Vernon brings a modern, dynamic and people-oriented approach to leadership and management. Vernon has joined the Executive Committee to help drive a Product Stewardships Scheme that supports the bedding industry to take responsibility and accountability for its own growth and development, while fulfilling the agendas of all parties - manufacturers, retailers, consumers and downstream suppliers - in a socially responsible and environmentally conscious manner. His aim is for the Scheme to set an example for government, consumers and industry by how Scheme participants conduct and present themselves professionally.
Vernon is based in Brisbane, QLD.
Chairman & Managing Director, A.H.Beard
Garry has been in the bedding industry for 35 years, working through the business from the factory floor, through dispatch, sales and management to his current role.
He is also Director of:
A.H. Beard Pty Ltd
A.H. Beard NZ Ltd
A.H. Beard Advanced Sleep Systems Pty Ltd
Family Business Australia
Garry is also the Chairman and director of Suparest Pty Ltd
Along with specialist bedding and furniture experience, Garry brings to the Executive Committee a passion and belief that through the Soft Landing Mattress Recycling Scheme we will be the most innovative network, focused on turning waste into wages for the disadvantaged. He sees an opportunity to not only deliver a robust mattress recycling scheme, but also a Cradle to Grave approach to bedding products.
Garry is based in Sydney, NSW.
Co-CEO, Community Resources
Jess is the Co-CEO of Community Resources, a national not-for-profit community development organisation, specialising in social enterprise. It exists to create jobs that make communities better. Community Resources employs and works with people experiencing disadvantage so that they can develop social and economic livelihoods for themselves.
Operations comprise four social enterprises – including Soft Landing mattress recycling – and a range of community services.
Jess has worked in leadership positions for 13 years in environment and social sector organisations. For the past 6 years, this has principally involved waste recovery social enterprises that create employment opportunities for people experiencing disadvantage.
Corporate Compliance Officer, Harvey Norman
Michael has worked in retail for 24 years across a variety of frontline and support positions. Currently Michael is the Trade Practices Compliance Officer for Harvey Norman, providing a
thorough understanding of regulatory compliance matters within retail.
Furthermore, Michael is the head of non-inventory procurement for Harvey Norman. Within this role and previous roles at Woolworths Limited, Michael developed strategy, procuring services and implementation of vendors into categories including waste management.
Michael has been involved with sustainability planning and reporting and currently manages the Harvey Norman Reconciliation Action Plan.
He brings to the scheme a retail perspective on the underlying need for a realistic solution for mattress recycling.
Michael is based in Sydney, NSW.
General Manager, Soft Landing Mattress Product Stewardship Scheme
Janelle has been a consulting business owner for 17 years in business improvement and facilitating sustainability including strategy development, change management and project development and implementation. She is a panel member and has been a regular module deliverer of three Sustainability Advantage (NSW Office of Environment and Heritage) modules – Business Planning for Sustainability, External Stakeholder Engagement and Employee Engagement since 2009. She has also been the facilitator for the Responsible Construction Leadership Group for three years.
Janelle has broad business skills having established numerous small marketing businesses in Europe, South America and Asia.
She has also worked with industries from fast moving consumer goods to property management, construction to hotels and with numerous State Government agencies and Local Councils.
Janelle is based in Sydney, NSW.
Managing Director, Snooze
Simon has 36 years retail experience, 30 of those in national retail franchise businesses. He joined Snooze in 2008 as the Managing Director, driving the reinvigoration and growth of the Snooze brand. Simon is highly experienced in retail operations, logistics and franchise business development. He has first-hand experience of owning and managing franchise stores and managing and growing a national retail chain.
Simon’s current and past board experience includes the Snooze/G&G Furniture Board, Steinhoff Bedding Board and the Steinhoff Asia Pacific Executive Committee.
Managing Director, Covestro
Rebecca is the Managing Director of Covestro and an accomplished leader in the plastics and chemicals industry in Australia and New Zealand for over 20 years.
Covestro is among the world largest polymer companies, producing high-tech polymer materials found in many areas of daily life, including mattresses.
Rebecca brings experience in Sustainability, translating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into business objectives and priorities, with her work at Covestro and beyond. She is determined about sustaining Australian industry and sits on the boards of the Australian Paint Manufacturers Federation and the German Australian Chamber of Commerce.
She is keen to see the Product Stewardship Scheme demonstrate leadership, fostering a circular economy in Australia and advancing the local mattress manufacturing industry.