Q&A – Shaping the future of our kids

Protecting our children's future today - What makes CWS sustainable?

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28 March 2022 Hygiene

Anyone who has children or works with them sees many things through different eyes. The topic of the future takes on a different meaning when you ask yourself what kind of world the little people you accompany every day will be living in 10, 20 or 30 years from now. And what we can do ourselves to keep the world livable. Institutions and companies are also called upon to do this. CWS has well anchored sustainable action in its circular business model. We explain what this means (without claiming to be complete) in 6 questions: 

What does circular economy mean? 

In a circular economy, existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. Sustainable product manufacturing and design are key to this, because only if products are resource-efficient, durable and reusable, overall material consumption will be reduced.   

What does circular economy look like at CWS? 

In the area of hygiene CWS develops high-quality, durable products and extends their use phase through repairs. The triad "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" is the guiding principle here. With this, we are now shaping the future.

If you would like to find out more about sustainability at CWS, read on here.

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How can PET bottles keep a floor clean? 

Children like to get “wonderful” clumps of dirt stuck under rubber boots and shoes, which are quickly spread all over the entrance area. Dust control mats from CWS hold the dirt, are processed in an environmentally friendly manner and are replaced at individual intervals so that the floor is always clean and, above all, there is no risk of falling due to wet, slippery spots. The new CWS GreenMats are made of recycled PET. Around ten used beverage bottles are recycled per square meter. This means that in future more than one million bottles per year can start a new life as dirt-trapping mats. In addition, the yarn of the GreenMats is completely dyed throughout, so that the colors remain brilliant and uniform for a long time, allowing the mat to remain in use for longer. Learn more about GreenMats here.

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Why are foam soaps sustainable? 

Washing hands is part of everyday life at daycare centers and is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the transmission of diseases. To make it sustainable, it's a good idea to use foaming soap: less water is needed to lather it up, and it's easier to spread and rinse off. This significantly reduces both soap and water consumption. Up to 2.2 million liters of soap can be saved annually.  The foam soaps certified with the EU Ecolabel are now available for the new CWS PureLine dispensers. In addition, the dispensing quantity can be adjusted individually so that there is no sudden big foam party in the washroom of the daycare center.

What is the EU Ecolabel? 

The EU Ecolabel is used throughout the European Union to identify products and services that are more environmentally friendly than comparable products. At CWS, for example, the soaps used in the PureLine, which are also pH skin-neutral and anti-allergenic, have been awarded the EU Ecolabel. Since children have more sensitive skin than adults, the use of sustainable and sensitive soaps in daycare centers makes particular sense.  

Can cotton towels really be used hygienically in a daycare center? 

Yes! Because CWS cotton towel dispensers work with the hygienic retractive system and an internal 2-chamber system. This means that each pair of hands receives a fresh portion of towel and clean and dirty sections remain reliably separated. Especially for children's skin, the towel feeling when drying is nicer and more familiar than paper and the environment also benefits: cotton towel rolls consume up to 48% less energy, the CWS towel dispenser convinces with resource-saving cotton, which contributes to a waste reduction of up to 95%. This also means no more paper towel waste flying through the washroom. 

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