It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a heavy impact on sustainability for businesses across the world, with single-use products such as masks, gloves, cleaning equipment and hand hygiene solutions a huge contributing factor.
Rubbermaid Commercial Products’ (RCP) Europe-wide Changing Workplace research – which investigated the complex changes in commercial facilities spurred by COVID-19 – showed as many as 74% of businesses are concerned about the impact of the pandemic on their sustainability credentials.
As many aspects of life begin to return to normal, cleaning and hygiene are set to remain critical for businesses with uncompromising heightened expectations from customers and employees. But with sustainability climbing the agenda once again, it’s understandable that 79% of respondents also said in the future they’d be changing their approach to cleaning and hand hygiene in order to make pandemic-prompted changes more environmentally sustainable.
So, what can you do? Here are some top tips from the experts at RCP.
Invest in durable solutions
Ask yourself, how often do you have to replace your hand hygiene, cleaning and waste products?
By choosing products designed to last longer that can withstand frequent use over long periods of time, not only can you reduce and control your costs, you can also make a choice that’s better for the environment by minimising waste.
79% of Changing Workplaces respondents saw their waste management impacted by customers and staff using more single-use products as a result of the pandemic, but 69% also said they didn’t expect this trend to stay. For facilities getting future-fit, reusable and durable solutions are going to be a must for supporting sustainability aims going forward.
At RCP, long-term durability is central to how products are designed, meaning they don’t need to be replaced as often and continue to perform in the ways you need, each and every day.
Every year, more than 550 million pounds of batteries go into landfill globally. Removing the need for batteries in your hand hygiene dispensers lowers your costs and is good for the environment.
With 92% of facility users preferring touch-free solutions, you may be left wondering how sustainable automatic dispensing systems can be. Innovative solutions such as RCP’s battery-free LumeCel™ AutoFoam dispenser mean you can choose hand hygiene that doesn’t cost the earth. Using a rechargeable energy system powered by ambient light alone, the LumeCel™ eliminates the need to manufacture, use and dispose of alkaline batteries. The dispenser provides continuous hand hygiene, with a touch-free foam delivery design that reduces the spread of germs, while offering a greener solution. This durable dispenser also comes with a lifetime warranty.
With your facility users looking for touch-free and highly sustainable solutions as the world reopens, upgrade your hand hygiene to LumeCel™ to provide both.
Maximise recycling opportunities
When it comes to waste management, half of Changing Workplaces respondents said they had found it challenging to manage additional waste streams in their facility. Choosing flexible waste management and recycling solutions that make life easier will ensure your facility is set up to maximise its recycling capability in a way that’s efficient.
With RCP’s adaptable Slim Jim Recycling Stations you can maximise recycling through waste separation that combines a front-of-house look with back-of-house functionality. The slim footprint fits in the tightest spaces, while hinging lid inserts allow larger recyclables to easily fit inside. The customisable colours and lids mean you can create a recycling station that fits your unique needs and waste streams, helping to maximise recycling in your facility.
For more insights from Changing Workplaces, download the full report and arm yourself with knowledge that will empower your organisation to take control in a changing world.