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SUSTAINABILITY


Manufacturers need to take into account all aspects of their production processes when creating sustainable products, from the origins of raw materials, to manufacture, usages and waste disposal. The energy efficiency of the manufacturing plants making these products, the volume of natural resources used, the emissions created and the packing used to transport them should also be considered.


through its unique technology and design. The Alliance accommodates two full rolls of towels, reducing end of roll wastage and the innovative Wave ‘n’ Dry technology automatically transfers to the second roll when the first is depleted, keeping high-traffic areas up and running.


The demand for Bay West products, all of which are inherently ‘green’, has never been stronger: customers are responding to those manufacturers who put green issues at the top of their agendas.


Our commitment to sustainability and green practices led Disposables UK to become the first company in the UK away from home industry to be awarded the Eco-Label for our Bay West range of hand towels, toilet tissue rolls and Eco-foam soap, making our range officially ‘green washroom’ products.


“THE ENERGY


EFFICIENCY OF THE MANUFACTURING


PLANTS MAKING THE PRODUCTS SHOULD


ALSO BE CONSIDERED.”


Here at Disposables UK, we have developed all our Bay West products with sustainability at the forefront of their design. Not only do we offer 100% recycled materials; our Bay West systems also offer controlled- use dispensing to promote source reduction and discourage paper waste by controlling the amount of towelling dispensed at each use for an effective and efficient dry.


Our latest Bay West innovation is the Alliance Dispenser which significantly reduces paper waste


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We take this beyond product development by ensuring that sustainability is engrained in the way we act and operate on a day-to- day basis, from the way we source our materials to the way we run our sales teams. For instance, we only select the raw material for our pure pulp products from mills that use sustainable forests with stringent environmental policies that promise that, for every one tree cut down, three new trees are planted. By proactively sustaining the forest, we ensure that our process doesn’t impact adversely on the environment, that is why FMs should familiarise themselves with the history of their products. Just because something is recycled, it doesn’t necessarily make it the most environmentally-friendly or sustainable option.


Our manufacturing site has been specifically designed to allow our practices and processes to be as green as possible, with the overall aim to minimise our energy use and carbon footprint. The facility has a multitude of individual design criteria, with four main areas, including the general office, goods inwards, production and despatch. In the general office, the lighting


includes occupancy sensors in areas of use so that manual switching can be eradicated.


The lighting in goods inwards is only illuminated when there is activity present, meaning that when the lights are not required they dim automatically to 10% before switching fully off. Not only does this result in a direct saving on the total energy used but it also increases the lamp life, saving on overall maintenance costs. The lighting in the production area incorporates double switching technology, which allows lamps to be switched to half of the full output when full level lighting is not required. This helps us to keep our emissions and wastage to a minimum.


“SUSTAINABILITY ISN’T


JUST ABOUT CREATING GREEN PRODUCTS.”


As a team, we have also achieved our target of becoming a 100% recyclable office, largely because all our employees are fully supportive of this initiative, which includes full composting of food waste, recycling of all cans, plastic, cardboard, hard towel and paper tissue, with no waste going to landfill. We have also introduced a minimum printing strategy, with the aim of becoming a paperless office.


Going green is no longer a choice; it is a necessity, not only to meet customer’s expectations, but to safeguard the industry for future generations. Placing sustainability at the heart of your business is vital and we all have a responsibility to ensure that we create products, and operate our businesses, in the most eco-friendly way.


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