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TOMORROW’S CLEANING NOVEMBER 09
Environmental tissue issues
MARK DEWICK, UK SALES DIRECTOR AT METSA TISSUE, TELLS US WHY TOILET
TISSUES ARE HERE TO STAY, BUT ONLY IF THEY RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT.
Washroom paper products and paper wipers tissue and the overall cost per task is
are here to stay because everyone likes soft less with the quality one. Cheap product
toilet tissue and knows that paper towels are requires more staff time refilling
the most hygienic method of hand drying. We dispensers, more storage space, more
like paper wipers, because they perform like orders for product, more invoices to pay,
domestic kitchen roll. Manufacturers must more diesel to deliver etc.
deliver the required quality with the minimum
There are other ways of minimising cost
of effect on our environment.
and reducing waste. Most paper towels
Metsalitto, Metsa Tissue’s parent company is
are provided in wall dispensers, which
owned by a co-operative of 131,000 forest
accept only full-sized (23.5 x 34.0mm)
owners in Finland and buys only from
products. There are occasions, particularly
sustainable forestry. It holds the Forestry
in schools, where smaller towels are
certification; the Programme for the
Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC),
towels that feel like linen ones. To achieve this adequate for smaller hands so we developed a
and was awarded the highly respected Nordic
some manufacturers have adopted a
free hand towel dispenser adaptor to sit inside
Swan* for its environmentally aware production.
production process called TAD ‘Through-Air-
the dispenser to reduce the aperture so that
Drying’, which involves pumping hot air under
smaller towels fit standard dispensers saving
There is plenty more that manufacturers and
pressure to create the ‘fluffy and absorbent’
money and waste.
the increasingly discerning and responsible
feel. The down side is that an enormous
buyers can do ‘green up’ washrooms and
amount of fuel and hot air is wasted.
I hope I have illustrated
workplace wiping.
the fact that being
TAD has no place in the environmentally
environmentally
For example, manufacturers can stop land aware washroom because we have two and
friendly is doubly smart
filling with all the waste sludge from recycled three ply toilet tissue, hand towels and wipers
because it can save
paper by using it as a valuable free fuel. Metsa that can give the same results without this
you money and creates
Tissue burns 70,000 tonnes of sludge each high energy cost.
Mark Dewick,
less waste. There has
year, to provide heating for 5,000 homes in
central Sweden, saving 5,500m3 of oil and
Less is more
UK Sales Director
at Metsa Tissue
never been a better
lowering carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This
Having completed your enquiries as to how your
time to look at your
is one very welcome way to combat constantly
chosen washroom and wiping paper products
paper product purchases. Setting a good example
rising energy prices.
are produced and delivered; checked the
at work and explaining your environmental policies
manufacturer’s environmental policies and are
to employees can only benefit their own decisions
Whilst we are proud of our industry-leading
ready to place an order, there is one more very
when purchasing for the home.
environmental policies, we are never
important consideration called ‘cost in use’.
Eco-friendly production and products are no
complacent. We constantly look at our
This is the real cost of performing each task and longer a dream, they are a reality and what we
purchasing, production and delivery systems
it is where a cheap product like single ply toilet would all prefer for the benefit of generations
and put similar environmental demands on all
rolls or ’C’ Folded hand towels become a very to come.
our suppliers and distributors.
expensive and environmentally bad choice. The
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cost per sheet of these products may be low, but
Workplace washrooms have, in the past two so is its absorbency and ability to perform your
decades, become luxurious places based on task, so we take handfuls of product not one or
home comforts and luxury domestic products. two sheets/towels/wipers.
We all want soft, fluffy toilet tissue at work, just Research proves that one sheet of quality tissue
like we buy in the supermarket and paper hand does the job of several sheets of low-grade
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