We get asked these important questions every single day. So what really is the most economical and cost efficient way to run your washroom?
Ditch The White
Beautiful white tissue is lovely to use and as soft as it gets. The sad fact is that it is made from virgin wood and it takes plenty of energy to convert it from a tree in a Siberian forest to a beautiful roll in the bathroom. Recycled hand towels are usually a bit harder, but they often dry better than soft white hand towels and remove slough (dead skin etc) from the hands which is thought to be better where infection control is important. Undyed hand towels are a step further if you do not mind the natural grey/beige look. The green or blue dye is thought to be “safe” but if you are on a mission to reduce the impact then undyed is the way to go.
Recycled tissue is easy to spot because it is greyer and usually has little black spots in the tissue. This is because it comes from recycle printed paper (newsprint etc) and some of those little letters cannot be easily removed.
Have you ever seen someone pull metres and metres of product for a tiny spill? Sadly, the only really effective technique we know is education. Make it a point to raise in a staff meeting. Please take only 1 sheet and if that proves not to be enough, take another. Dispensers can help, but they will never stop the hungry centrefeed monsters from pulling and pulling.
Cleaning - Cloths vs Tissue
When is comes to cleaning a washroom, a cleaning cloth that is washed and tumble dried 5 times before ending up in the bin is probably far worse for the environment than 50m of recycled centrefeed roll however the cloths do have some great environmental benefits if used correctly:
- Lightweight compared to a washable cleaning cloth (reduce)
- Contains up to 70% “natural” viscose (wood fibre)
- Can be used multiple times, rinsed and dried (reuse)
- Life can be extended if rinsed in weak bleach (reuse)
- Using colour coded cloths makes cleaning easy
Cleaning - Chemicals
It's proven that concentrated cleaning chemicals are a smart way to save. Our SoClean Bathroom Cleaner removes soap scum and stains from wash basins, showers and other bathroom surfaces, leaving behind a clean and fresh fragrance. Compliant with a number of industry requirements, the antibacterial bathroom cleaner can be used with dosing machines or a pelican pump to effectively clean toilets, baths and tiles, removing any stubborn dirt and grime. Available in an economical 2.5 litre bottle, this super concentrated formula can be diluted and used to make 166 trigger spray bottles with a 15ml dose.
Hand Dryers Or Paper Towels
The debate rages on, but it is clear that in an environment where infection control is important, hand towels do a better job. Hands are left cleaner; bugs are not blown around the bathroom and hands are actually dried. At the end of the day it boils down to volume. A washroom in a shopping centre will see significant cost savings compared to using paper towels. However a small business will see cost savings the other way, especially when modern hand dryers do not come cheap and require servicing. * A modern dyson airblade can cost over £1000, you could get 330,000 green v-fold paper towels for this!
Our Paper Towel Tips
Make sure you have a system that actually feeds from the dispenser. C-fold is a no go for children as they can pull wads of towels out with ease, V-fold and Z-fold are much better as each towel is interlocked. We also offer little towels for little hands in V fold format and a dispenser to match. Provide two bins in the bathroom. One for the recycling of hand towels and one for other waste. The hand towel bin does not require a bin bag!