The Mattress Recycling Council has launched the Sleep Products Sustainability Program, a new initiative to help

The Mattress Recycling Council has launched the Sleep Products Sustainability Program, a new initiative to help mattress manufacturers reduce waste and energy consumption — making their operations more efficient and saving them money. Exemplifying the efficiency principles it promotes, the program is called SP2 for short. SP2 training and certification is offered at no cost to mattress manufacturers with facilities in California that want to improve operations at their production plants, distribution centers, warehouses and/or offices. Although initially available only to California mattress producers, MRC may expand the program to suppliers and retailers in that state and eventually to companies in other states. Pleasant Mattress, based in Fresno, California, was the first manufacturer to undergo the training, and MRC expects two or three other companies to complete the training by the end of the year. The voluntary program was developed as part of the bedding industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship, says Justine Fallon, MRC director of operations. “SP2 encourages manufacturers to look at their products and their processes and to determine what things they can do wit...

From Alibag, Mumbai to Sri Lanka, the most gorgeous homes

Today, on World Architecture Day, we decided to delve into some of the most well-designed, gorgeous homes planned by top architects and designers in India. Take a moment, pause and browse through these mesmerising residences featured in AD. These spaces are truly, works of art. This exquisite sea-facing home, designed by Ambika Hinduja Macker for her brother, Shom, in suburban Mumbai is a stand-out work of architecture and a perfect example of the theory of cymatics. The original octagonal structure, which used to be the family guest cottage was transformed into a place where one could relax, reflect and rejoice. In this slick modern home themes and ideas range from flora and fauna to the wabi-sabi philosophy of discovering beauty in imperfection, to the minimalistic chic of Scandinavian and Japanese design. And other than retaining only parts of the original octagonal structure and the sloping roofs, the rest of the structure was completely reinforced, restructured and redesigned. Beyond the sea and into the jungles of Alibag, the designer Pinakin Patel’s Alibag home is a timeless expression of tropical modernism. This remote but connected, nourished by dense nature, but embell...