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The Eden Project, with its 245 rainwater harvesting pit, undergoes a simple cleaning process and is
toilets, has won a national Loo of the Year Award for pumped to the washrooms.
the high standards of its washrooms.
Eden is also trialling the state-of-the-art Dyson
The awards scheme, run by the British Toilet Airblade, a hand dryer which uses around 80% less
Association, recognises the best ‘away from home’ energy than other hand dryers. The machine dries
toilets in locations ranging from supermarkets to hands in ten seconds by releasing pressurised air,
service stations. Judged on a surprise visit by an travelling at more than 400 miles an hour, through
inspector, Eden’s facilities were given the maximum an aperture the width of an eyelash.
five-star rating for the seventh consecutive year and
Both are stories that the educational charity, which
scooped a prize in the Leisure category.
prides itself on its onsite interpretation, shares with
The Cornish tourist attraction’s washrooms were visitors on signs inside the cubicles.
awarded for aspects such as hygiene, accessibility
The 23-strong Housekeeping Team cleans the facilities
and signage. They are also environmentally friendly,
using only biodegradable products and replenishes
featuring recycled rainwater, green cleaning products
them with recycled toilet paper and palm-oil-free soap.
and low-energy hand dryers.
Eden’s Logistics Manager, Kathryn Sanders, said,
Conventional lavatories draw on mains water which
“When you think of the size of the site and the fact
has been cleaned to drinking water standards; an
that we welcome more than 1 million visitors, it’s a
energy-intensive operation. Eden’s toilets and urinals
massive achievement. I’m immensely proud to have
are flushed using rain and ground water instead.
an award-winning team that consistently delivers its
This collects in the bottom of the former china clay
work to the highest standard.”
ENVIRONMENT INDUSTRY MAGAZINE
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