Members' Initiatives


CEA - Consumer Electronics Association

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® operates, an online resource that helps meet consumers' desire to be both tech-savvy and environmentally-friendly. The site addresses the lifecycle of electronics products, with tips on how to buy green, live green and recycle electronics responsibly.



Carpet and Rug Institute Logo

The Carpet and Rug Institute ( has led the way in reducing water use, energy consumption, air emissions and industrial water and landfill use. Some of CRI's members have launched their own initiatives, including the following:

  • Significant investment in energy improvements, GHG reduction, & product?   stewardship & reclamation
  • The world's largest reclaimer & recycler of post-consumer carpet, including the recycling of 121 million pounds of post consumer carpet in 2010
  • Re2E – the launch of a new energy facility designed to increase post-consumer carpet reclamation & access to a sustainable alternative fuel source.
  • ClearPath Recycling, LLC – the launch of ClearPath, a plastic bottle recycling facility slated to become one of the largest facilities of its type in North America.
  • Evergreen - the world's only Nylon 6 recycling facility.
  • EcoWorx - the world's first Cradle to Cradle Silver certified flooring product



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The Local Search Association (, formerly the Yellow Pages Association, is the largest trade organization of print, digital, mobile and social media that help local businesses get found and selected by ready-to-buy consumers. While the Association has members in 29 countries, in the United States:

  • The Yellow Pages industry provides a consumer choice program at to ensure that consumers nationwide have an easy and effective way to control directory delivery to their homes.
  • Paper suppliers project the industry will use 50 percent less paper by the end of 2012 than they did during peak usage in 2007. These projections are driven by changes in the size of directories, more efficient manufacturing, an industry-sponsored effort to reduce printed residential White Pages directories, and the consumer choice website.
  • Major publishers use significant portions of post-consumer and other recycled content in their directories where available as well as soy-based inks and non-toxic glues.
  • In past studies, the EPA estimated that directories make up less than one-half of one percent of the municipal waste stream. Now signaling the minor impact of directories on municipal waste, the EPA has chosen to stop measuring directories separately from newspapers.
  • With the proliferation of curbside recycling, more than 71 percent of the paper used in directories, newspapers and similar products is being recycled, according to the EPA.



Foodservice Packaging Institute

The foodservice packaging industry is committed to being responsible stewards for its products through individual company initiatives, as well as broader industry-wide initiatives through its trade association, the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI). FPI members and their value chain partners have voluntarily come together to create and develop potential solutions for the recovery and processing of used foodservice packaging:

  • In 2011, the Paper Recovery Alliance (PRA) was launched to focus on paper foodservice packaging.
  • In 2012, the Plastics Recovery Group (PRG) was formed to address issues specific to foodservice packaging made from various plastics.



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SPI, the plastics industry trade association ( represents the entire plastics industry supply chain, including processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers. The U.S. plastics industry employs nearly 900,000 workers and provides $380 billion in annual shipments.

SPI's environmental and recycling initiatives include:

  • Awards of up to $100,000 model program for collection and intermediate processing of PET thermoformed packaging.
  • Leadership in a worldwide program launched in Dubai in November 2011 to reduce marine litter across the globe. The new program is an outgrowth of Operation Clean Sweep, program launched by SPI in 1992 to help plastic resin handling operations implement good housekeeping and achieve zero pellet loss.
  • SPI also shares success stories from its member companies, such as one in which Maine Plastics Inc. increased waste recycling from one plant from 20% to 86%.




The International Sleep Products Association ( has launched its Mattress Industry Sustainability Initiative.  We recognize that as manufacturers, we have a responsibility to take environmentally sound and economically practical actions to improve the long-term sustainability of our businesses. This begins with the materials sourcing process, and proceeds through the manufacturing, assembly, distribution and used product disposal phases.  Please use the following link to access a list of mattress recycling facilities in your state:


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