Do you know what the largest amount of bulky waste was generated in Tokyo’s 23 wards in FY2020? In total, 72,055 tons of bulky waste was collected in Tokyo’s 23 wards. Of these, “futons” were discarded the most, amounting to 1,029,193 sheets. Most of the futons discarded as oversize trash are incinerated, which generates a large amount of carbon dioxide emissions during disposal.

Yayoi Delight Corporation, a manufacturer of bedding for corporate customers, announced on October 27, 2022, the release of “tsumugi,” a recycled bedding brand that takes bedding that has lost its place and adds new value to it. The company says that the brand was born from its technology backed by 18 years of sincere efforts and experience in dealing with bedding and users.

Recycled feathers are washed with natural micro-cluster water from Hakushu without detergents, and are reborn as clean, well-cleaned feathers. Only feathers with a down power of 400dp or higher are selected to create feathers that are fluffy and retain heat.

The brand’s first sale was made in collaboration with “Saccora Japan,” a manufacturer of “Sansa SAKIORI,” a traditional craft in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. The fabric is woven from discarded yukata used in the local festival “Sansa Odori” and sewn into down comforters as decorations. The product has added new value as a futon, and has been available for pre-sale on the crowdfunding service “makuake” since October 28, 2012.

[Product Summary]
Product:tsumugi down quilt
Decoration: sansa sakiori
Down: 100% recycled down
Down content: 1.4 kg
Production: All processes are made in Japan
Price: ¥80,520 (tax included)

Upcycling, which combines down quilts that would normally be thrown away with traditional crafts, is closely related to the SDGs goal for a sustainable society, “11, Create a town where people can continue to live,” and also contributes to the local community by utilizing and preserving traditional crafts in Iwate Prefecture. In addition, the carbon footprint is reduced by reducing the amount of waste and achieving 100% domestic production. This initiative is also related to “12 Responsibility to Produce and Use” and “13 Specific Measures for Climate Change,” and can be said to encompass a number of goals.

In recent years, many hotels have introduced special bedding, such as mattresses used by top athletes, pillows of royal brands, and medical mattresses, and are promoting them as added value. At the same time, the upcycling perspective and ingenuity of using things carefully and extending their lifespan will become increasingly important in the future, and not just for down quilts. Why not convey your hotel’s attitude to customers through sustainable bedding?

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