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C.H.E.S.S.* ARTICLE - SUSTAINABILITY

C.H.E.S.S.* ARTICLE - SUSTAINABILITY

4 Smart Moves to a More Sustainable Washroom
Building and Facility Managers of large buildings will very likely have sustainability as a top priority and many may be considering green building certification. In fact, there is a lot to consider as a Facility Manager when developing your building’s sustainable strategies.

At Kimberly-Clark Professional*, we understand that Sustainability in and out of the washroom will always be one of the key ways to attract and retain the best tenants. While stricter government regulation may ultimately make green buildings the de-facto standard for new and renovated buildings in the future, tenant demand is the primary reason why green buildings are becoming mainstream in today’s Class A commercial real-estate market.

Through the newly launched Kimberly-Clark Professional C.H.E.S.S.* Program (Cleanliness, Hygiene, Efficiency, Sustainability, Satisfaction) not only do we hope to drive an even stronger emphasis on the importance of running more sustainable washrooms, we also aim to show you the opportunities you have to achieve your sustainability goals, including:-
  1. Using FSC® certified products for sustainable sourcing (this is important in gaining LEED points)
  2. Reducing washroom consumables usage 
  3. Reducing  Waste and landfill
What’s your next move?
1. Track volume of materials used or wasted
So you have a waste reduction programme in place for your washroom — but can you report, in kilos and dollars, that those efforts are making a difference? Your waste reduction activities may benefit the environment and your bottom line, but, until you are able to measure them with accuracy, their true impact will remain unknown. In a few simple steps, find out how green your washrooms really are – do they measure up?.

Read our case study on Sustainable washrooms here to learn more.
2. Enforce a “green” code of conduct for all suppliers
Operating in compliance with environmental regulatory requirements is fundamental to managing your business. These efforts must go beyond environmental regulatory compliance to building predictive and preventative measures.

As your partner in washroom management, Kimberly-Clark Professional* prides working closely with environmental regulatory agencies. We are continuously improving our initiatives to be increasingly transparent regarding our current performance while developing a standard for predicting and preventing environmental compliance challenges and their business impacts. You can get all the details on how we’re performing in our Sustainability Report.
3. Design according to Green Standards
Is your washroom designed to reduce water and towel wastage? When considering which products to use for your washroom, make sure you’re making the smart choice.

Let’s use paper towels as an example. Kimberly-Clark Professional’s* AIRFLEX* technology allows for superior hand drying and environmental benefits across our SCOTT® & KLEENEX® range.

Conventional paper towels have tightly compressed fibres, which cause water to sit on top of the towel, taking longer to absorb. Using AIRFLEX* technology, our paper towels have specially spread fibres, creating absorbency cells to quickly draw the water in. Because of this, they are faster absorbing and deliver a more effective hand dry.

AIRFLEX* Paper Towels can also deliver greater operational efficiencies by reducing waste and mess in-use, improving productivity of cleaning staff and washroom image.

With respect to the environment, this technology in our paper towels allows us to reduce demand on natural resources with up to 25% less fibre used in production and reducing the amount of waste diverted to landfill. Our compression technology (which gets more hand towels on the roll) also helps reduce carbon emissions by reducing the number of trucks on the road since we can deliver more hand dries per roll.
4. Encourage ‘green teams’
As a facility manager it’s not enough to focus only on using green products, it’s important to understand that sustainability starts from your most important assets – your employees and partners. Are employees encouraged to live green both in and out of the office? Are you creating an environment where your team is actively contributing to sustaining not just the environment but also the communities that we live in?

At Kimberly-Clark, we care about the communities where our employees live and work. Providing the essentials for a better life means more than providing innovative products; it also means giving back to our communities. Throughout the year, employees from Kimberly-Clark facilities around the world experience the joy of giving by participating in volunteer activities with local nonprofit organizations. We’re also involved in donating product and cash to support community organizations and disaster relief victims when the need arises.
It’s your move.
Now that you know the first four basics in developing a sustainable washroom strategy, take the first step to achieving this today. At Kimberly-Clark Professional*, we are not just committed to creating more sustainable washrooms, but a better planet on the whole.
We strive to help our customers to find ways to support their sustainability strategy.Book a consultation with a representative here.
Reference:

1. http://www.kimberly clark.com/ourcompany/community/success_stories/2012DayOfCaring.aspx

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