Eco-Friendly Supply Choices For Bathrooms And More
Many homes and businesses are trending towards more sustainable practices and purchasing, both as a responsible step towards better environmental stewardship and, in many cases, for the cost benefit. Disposable products represent something of a conundrum for janitorial supply purchasers however, because by their very nature disposable products are less environmentally sound than reusable ones, but in many cases using reusing cups or paper products is not only impractical but also unsanitary. This guide is meant to introduce some eco-friendly and sustainable products to help limit the environmental impact of your facility's paper waste.
Toilet and Facial Tissue
These are quite possibly the easiest things to transition into a greener, more sustainable commercial environment. 100% recycled toilet paper and paper towels have been around since the early years of paper recycling, and are often cheaper than un-recycled tissue. The downside of recycled paper is that it is often more coarse than standard tissue, and the most cost effective brands are unbleached, giving it a br
ownish color aesthetically conscious users may find unpleasant. While softer recycled tissue is available, it is also a more expensive option.
If you are looking for a paper option that has had zero trees used in its production, there are a number of options made from agricultural or post consumer waste, including papers made from banana, hemp, mango, and sugar plants. These are unfortunately more expensive than recycled or new paper, but have a much lower environmental impact than either.
Coffee Cups and Supplies
No office or retail space can stay functioning at peak efficiency without a steady flow of caffeine through the veins of its employees. This also means that these facilities go through vast quantities of disposable cups, stirrers, sugar packets, and creamers. While the greenest option for any facility is to transition to reusable cups, this is often impractical as there is not always a time or cost effective way to wash them. For those facilities that can't make such a transition, there are a few more sustainable options.
First and foremost, ditch the Styrofoam cups. While they are convenient, cheap and insulated, Styrofoam is one of the most notorious products around when it comes to environmental impact. They are made from petroleum products and take centuries to break down in landfills. The same goes for those little plastic coffee stirrers. The simple transition to paper cups and wood stirrers can make a big impact. For those looking to go a step further there are a number of 100% sustainable and recycled options, including cups made from corn starch products, 100% recycled paper as well as paper alternatives like those listed above for tissue products.