Product Stewardship

Since 2013 mattress manufacturers, retailers and supply chain participants have been working towards developing a national scheme to recycle mattresses. We chose Soft Landing to oversee this scheme because of its experience in mattress recycling and its role as a social enterprise that also creates jobs for people who experience barriers to employment. Soft Landing has a commitment to the best social and environmental outcomes for each waste stream.

The Scheme is proud to have the big four bedding manufacturers, leading retailers and supply chain manufacturers on board as the founding members.

Soft Landing Product Stewardship Members

Retailers

Manufacturers

Supply Chain

Recycling

Membership

Committee Members

The Executive Committee seeks to ensure, on behalf of all Scheme members, that the Soft Landing Mattress Product Stewardship Scheme is a sustainable, whole of life approach to mattresses, with end of life management offering employment opportunities throughout the community.

Michael Hunt

Michael Hunt

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; and President & Secretary Drum & Can Makers Institute.

Michael has extensive experience in jointly setting the strategy, innovation, process development, distribution and collection, for “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” programs. These include DrumMuster, a long-running product stewardship scheme, and other national recycling schemes.

Vernon Fair

Vernon Fair

Manufacturing Services Manager, Sealy of Australia

Vernon has 38 years of global bedding Industry experience including Executive of 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); and CEO and Member of the Board of Directors, Edblo Africa (subsidiary of Steinhoff International Holdings).

Vernon also sits on the Finance Committee.

Garry Beard

Garry Beard

Chairman & Managing Director, A.H.Beard

Garry 40 years bedding experience and is Chairman & Managing Director of A.H.Beard Pty Ltd.

Garry was a key driver for the establishment of an industry supported program to create better environmental and social outcomes from end of life mattresses. He also sits on the Finance Committee.

Jess Moore

Jess Moore

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.

Janelle Wallace

Janelle Wallace

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, project development and implementation. She is a panel member and has been a regular module deliverer for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s Sustainability Advantage program and facilitator of the Responsible Construction Leadership Group.

Janelle has broad international business experience and holds a Masters in International Business.

Janelle also sits on the Finance Committee.

Michael Mecham

Michael Mecham

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 thorough understanding of regulatory compliance matters within retail. He is also 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.

Michael also sits on the Finance Committee.

Simon Beaty

Simon Beaty

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.

Rebecca Lee

Rebecca Lee

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.

Rebecca is based in Melbourne, VIC.