The Ultimate Green Washroom
From SMEs to global organisations, sustainability and the environmental impact of how businesses operate are increasingly under fire. But while much of the efforts may be concentrated on sourcing, supply chain management, and wider operations, there are some easy wins that can be achieved in areas much closer to home.
The washroom is an area that demands resources, from electricity to keep the lights on, gas for heating and of course litres upon litres of freshwater to not only flush away the waste but keep those washrooms clean.
Waterless and low volume cisterns
Installing waterless urinals is a strong move in water reduction. It’s predicted that busy organisations can save around 100,000 litres of water each year per waterless urinal fitted. This can also reduce the amount of sewerage charged to your business. However, if you don't feel brave enough to go waterless, then sensor activated flush mechanisms can save around 80% of water consumption at each urinal, and ensure they are only flushed when actually in use – as opposed to a timer. Additionally, you might want to consider low volume cisterns so that less water is used each time the toilet flushes. Each flush can save several litres, and over the course of a day this can soon add up.
We’ve mentioned sensor activation already (and we’ll mention it again before this article is finished) and the benefit of using them is huge. PIR sensors can be fitted to any washroom lighting and mean that the lights will only come on when it’s dark enough to need them, and when a user is actually in the washroom. When partnered with LEDs, which use much less electricity than traditional light bulbs, the eco-credentials of your washroom soar.
It goes without saying that sensor activation is the way forward for commercial wash spaces of all shapes and sizes. Whether we are talking sensor activated flush kits, or sensor taps, the beauty of these items is that they control the amount of water that flows for a set volume or period of time. This means taps can't be left on accidentally, but also significantly improves hygiene and cleanliness in your washroom as users never have to physically touch the controls.
Opting for a sensor-activated hand dryer is often preferable to paper hand towels as they cut down on refills of paper towels and waste bins going to landfill. While energy supply might be of some concern, the switch to green energy suppliers like Bulb can ensure the electricity you use to power your site is sustainable.
The importance of longevity
Finally, one of the most important features of a commercial washroom is its longevity. Whether your washroom is in a high traffic environment or not, durability should be of high importance. There are many green materials available, but if you can install washrooms that will stand the test of time and look sophisticated and smart for years to come, then that prevents a whole host of raw materials being consumed unnecessarily. When refurbishment is carried out properly, your washroom will give you a great return.
If you would like further advice on environmentally friendly washroom options, or to discuss how we can help you reduce the water and energy consumption, please get in touch with one of the team on 01202 650900