Centrefeed is a good solution here because the dispenser gives out sheets of paper one at a time, resulting in consumption savings of up to 37%. The paper is available in blue and the dispenser can be provided in either a wall- mounted or portable format.

Industrial workplaces traditionally have a choice between textile rags and disposable wipers for tasks such as cleaning components and mopping up spills. On the face of it, rags appear to be the more sustainable option because they can be reused several times.

But some rags have low powers of absorption and are ineffective at mopping up spills, while others have poor liquid release properties and will soak up large quantities of solvent and retain it within the cloth. This can result in excessive amounts of solvent being used which has a negative effect on the environment – while also pushing up costs.

And when solvent-soaked cloths are left lying around the workplace, they give off fumes and potentially aggravate skin conditions which could compromise employee health and safety. Industrial cloths and wipers have been purpose- designed to be highly absorbent and effective at releasing solvents – and the fact that they are thrown away after use makes them a safer option.

However, it makes good sense to avoid overusing disposable wipers on the shop floor. This can be achieved by supplying dispensers that naturally reduce consumption and by positioning them strategically.

Wipers in industrial workshops are often supplied in the form of loose centrefeed rolls or on one large roll placed in a central floorstand. It’s logical to assume that an operator who has wasted several minutes walking to the centrally- placed wiper source or hunting around for a loose roll will take a generous handful of paper to avoid having to return too soon and waste yet more time.

Industrial managers should therefore provide conveniently- positioned dispensers that are easy to spot and access. This will enable operators to relax about any supply issues and they will only take the amount of wiper they need – when they need it.

Tork Performance dispensers for industrial units come in wall-mounted dispensers that can be conveniently situated in smaller bays or cubicles. And they are designed to give out cloths and wipers one at a time, preventing over- consumption and waste.

When it comes to the washroom, toilet tissue and hand towels are both single-use products. So how can their use be minimised in order to reduce their impact on the environment?

Sometimes the consumption of washroom paper products can be lowered simply by repositioning dispensers. If hand towel or toilet roll dispensers are positioned too high on the wall, some washroom users will have to reach up to access them and may pull out more than they need. Moving them lower down the wall can therefore help to reduce paper use.


Smart dispensing options will also help to limit the amount of paper taken out by each user. Conventional toilet rolls enable washroom visitors to take out long lengths of paper at a time – often more than they need. And the rolls may be spoiled and wasted if left on the cistern or lavatory floor to become damp or soiled.

Lockable dispensers that only give out one sheet of paper at a time will dramatically reduce over-consumption because extra effort will be required to take out additional sheets. The Tork SmartOne limits the amount of toilet paper that people take out, reducing consumption by up to 40%.

Low-cost C-fold towel dispensers are often supplied in public washrooms, but these tend to give out towels in clumps – making it difficult for visitors to take out single towels. If each user takes two or three times the number of towels they need, consumption escalates. And where towels are supplied in loose piles on the washroom units, many will be wasted because each washroom visitor will pick up one or more towels, dripping water on to the remaining ones and making some unusable.

Systems such as Tork PeakServe Continuous Hand Towel and Tork Matic Hand Towel Roll dispenser provide a much more sustainable alternative because these are designed to give out one towel at a time, helping to naturally reduce consumption.

"It’s often the case that a disposable

product is the safest, most hygienic, most convenient – or even the only option."

While toilet tissue is designed to be flushed away after use, hand towels have a higher level of wet strength and therefore need to be thrown away in the provided bins. This is obviously not ideal from a sustainability viewpoint.

We at Essity have spent years formulating an alternative solution and have now come up with Tork PaperCircle. This is the world’s first recycling service for paper hand towels and one of our most pioneering circularity initiatives.

Used paper hand towels are collected from the premises of participating companies and taken to local recycling centres, where they are turned into other tissue products. The service – currently being trialled in four European countries – enables customers to reduce their environmental footprint by 40% compared with current waste handling options.

Tork PaperCircle is set to revolutionise the washroom disposables market because it will make paper towels a much more sustainable option.

Disposables are still extremely necessary in many environments today – in industry, kitchens and washrooms. However, by combining strategic thinking with the use of smart solutions we can all help to naturally reduce our consumption of disposables, reducing our impact on the environment and generally making life more sustainable for us all.

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