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Elevate your business with sustainable hygiene management


Manufacturers don’t have to choose between hygiene and sustainability. In fact, leveraging both with the right partners and products can lead to better business performance.

Today, facility managers are facing increased scrutiny of their cleaning products and practices. This makes safety and sanitation a top priority for businesses, but they also must keep customer expectations in mind. In addition to hygiene, customers have certain expectations when it comes to sustainability. Essity, the parent company of Tork, found in a recent survey that more than half of respondents had higher demands on companies’ sustainability efforts since March 2020, and 56 per cent said sustainability issues had become more important to them personally. This goes to show that sustainability is, and will continue to be, a significant factor in customer choices.

The cleaning industry is essential to addressing these high expectations, especially now that facility managers are challenged to do more with fewer resources. With more than 50 years of experience in the field, Tork can offer the expert guidance you need to get started, helping manufacturers meet rising expectations and even improve business performance—all through sustainable hygiene management.

Choosing a likeminded partner

In this new reality, customers are taking a holistic look at ways to improve their cleaning operations by selecting products that help reduce waste and are efficient, effective, and sustainable. With the right partner, facility service managers do not need to compromise running an efficient operation to comply with their organization’s sustainability objectives. Brands like Tork are committed to sustainability as well as hygiene, so manufacturers do not have to sacrifice one for the other.

As the global leader in professional hygiene, Tork believes in the fundamental importance of hygiene that is inclusive and good for the environment. As such, Tork has integrated sustainability at the core of our business strategy, from operations to products. For example, Tork is decreasing the environmental impact of products like exelCLEAN® cloths by reducing the cloths’ carbon footprint by 28 per cent over the last decade.

Packaging is also important to consider when choosing a supplier to support you in sustainable hygiene management. Tork packaging now uses 30 per cent recycled plastics (helping to close the loop and reduce virgin plastic consumption) and 100 per cent recycled cardboard fibers. On top of this, Essity, the parent company of Tork, is striving to reach 100 per cent recyclability in its packaging, and it’s committed to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest. The right suppliers are making important changes like these to reduce their environmental impact, so customers can feel confident the products they purchase are safe, effective and better for the planet.

The new Tork Heavy-Duty Cleaning Cloth® is made from 99 per cent plant-based fibers as certified by the USDA BioPreferred Program.

Leveraging product innovations to meet business goals

To meet rising customer expectations, facilities need to implement sustainable hygiene management, or innovative hygiene solutions that will help them achieve both their business and sustainability targets. Emerging products like the new Tork Biobased Heavy-Duty Cleaning Cloth® allow manufacturers to meet hygiene expectations and sustainability goals while increasing productivity. The cloth is made from 99 per cent plant-based fibers as certified by the USDA BioPreferred Program, which slows down carbon dioxide atmospheric build-up, while performing cleaning tasks as effectively as ever. In fact, the new cloth has improved absorption, durability, linting and solvent consumption.

Adding to its sustainability efforts, Tork has introduced other upgrades across its wiper product category to increase overall efficiency. The W7 Handy Box, for example, has been redesigned to be lighter and easier to carry with a larger handle for easier placement while wearing gloves.

Innovative product upgrades meet hygiene expectations and sustainability goals, so manufacturers do not have to sacrifice one for the other.

Tork has also introduced upgrades to its cloths that make dispensing more efficient. Tork Cleaning Cloths are now interfolded for easier, faster access and one-at-a-time dispensing. This means that customers only touch what they take, which reduces waste and cross-contamination.

Sustainability will continue to be a significant factor in customer choices. To meet this demand, new solutions will continue to emerge that are just as efficient but better for the planet.

Fortify your business with sustainable hygiene management

There are many ways to provide a healthy and safe facility in an efficient way, while also improving sustainability in your facilities both now and in the future. Tork products and services help businesses think ahead and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of facilities. Thoughtful innovations, down to the smallest details, can lead to substantial positive impacts on your business, and facility managers can achieve these gains by committing to sustainable hygiene management.

To learn more visit: Torkusa.com/manufacturing.


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