Sustainable Washrooms

As we approach world environment day this Friday, it is a perfect time to reflect on the environmental sustainability of your businesses practices. In particular, the way you manage your washrooms. Although a necessity, washrooms have the ability to use a large amount of natural resources. Be it through paper products, water or power consumption. There are however ways that you can lower your footprint.

Paper Waste

Public washrooms can be a large source of a businesses paper wastage. Much of the paper use is unavoidable. We need to use toilet paper and it is important to dry our hands when we wash them so that our hands don’t pick up more germs from surfaces.

One thing you can do is make sure that the paper products are sourced from a sustainable manufacturer. For example, the paper products used by Sanokil are PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified. This means that the paper products are not contributing to unsustainable deforestation.

Water Consumption

Around 30 percent of the water in our homes are used for flushing the toilet. Depending on the location and industry, this may be more or less than the percent of water you are using on your washrooms toilets. You should invest in toilets that have an option to “half flush” when a full flush is not needed. You can also upgrade older cisterns to newer ones which use less water.

Many taps, pipes and cisterns in washrooms also leak. Though often left because the leak seems small, over the course of the weeks, months and years the amount of water wasted is substantial. You can also invest in sensor taps to lower the amount of water that bathroom users use. This also has the added benefit of minimising the surfaces that they need to touch.

Lastly, consider waterless urinals. Technology now days means that urinals that don’t flush do not need to be unhygienic or smelly. They are designed to stay fresh and clean with the help of urinal mats.

Power Consumption

Te washroom can chew up a big chunk of your power consumption. The biggest culprits can be air conditioning, heating, lighting and hand dryers. Making sure to take note of the manufacturers energy rating on the units and devices in the washroom can help you make decisions that lower your power consumption.

Plastic and other waste

Sanitary bins, nappy change tables and regular bins all have plastic liners that are bad for the environment. These plastics can last hundreds of years in land fill. You should consider using biodegradable bin liners in your washrooms. Sanokil uses bio-degradable bin liners in our sanitary bins and nappy units. With the amount of customers we service across Australia it is good to know that we are playing a part in lowering the effects of plastics on the environment.


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