2015 is almost over so it seems appropriate to look forward to what might be big news in the Commercial Washroom Sector in 2016?
Puff the Magic Dryer. The world’s first ‘hand dryer designed with Children in mind’ is being seen in more and more nurseries, preschools and primary schools. Recently listed in the YPO schools catalogue for 2016 I expect him to be in a few more by the end of the year. Having talked to the manufacturers Airdri recently, it seem that not only will Puff be flying into schools in the UK and abroad but due to his quietness and friendly features he is being trialled in some of the biggest hospitality groups in the UK. So you might just see him in a baby changing room in a pub, restaurant or fast food outlet near you soon!
Water harvesting. Yes this concept has been around for a while but with increased costs of water across the UK water harvesting is becoming a simple cost saving exercise – as much as 50% of a commercial property might be flushing perfectly good drinking water down the drain. With the basic set up cost starting at £2000 there will be plenty businesses that will see a return on their money pretty quickly – much quicker than solar panels as it rains at night too!
Inclusivity. ‘The Design of Buildings and their Approaches to Meet the Needs of Disabled People’ – Code of Practice was published in 2009. It recommends that Changing Places toilets should be provided in larger buildings and complexes. But there are moves afoot that instead of being a recommendation, they should be compulsory for modern public new builds in order to not exclude anybody who may wish to use them. As improvements to technology and subsequent reductions in cost have at last started to kick in I think ‘changing places’ will become more common in public areas – particularly shopping and leisure centres as well as larger pub, hotel and restaurant chains who see the commercial opportunities targeting the ‘disability dollar’.
Toilets as a retail business. The model has been around in Europe for a few years and the first unit has opened up in Covent Garden (2theloo) but I suspect there will be at least 6 in London before the year is out. As shopping centres start to bear the brunt of local authority cutbacks there will be growth in a fully commercialised public access toilets across City Centres and tourist areas across the UK.
Can and battery free air fresheners. EU waste legislation is a bit sketchy here but the industry is poised for a massive shift from standard aerosol, battery operated type air fresheners to non aerosol and battery free alternatives. V-Solid from vectaire is the one to watch.
So there you have my 5 toilet predictions for 2016. If only I had the toilet equivalent of Marty McFly’s sporting almanac! Thanks for reading my blog please share it if you see fit and a like is always welcome. Warm washroom wishes for 2016, whatever your business.
So as a business instead of sending Christmas cards and dropping in a few bottles of wine why not do something a bit different this year?
There are a few charity toilet ideas (yes I know you can buy a classroom and a goat, etc. But I am a toilet expert).
Here is my favourites and recommendations
Toilet Twinning. The great thing about giving a customer a ‘toilet twin’ is that it last all year and every year. Once a toilet is built then it is theirs as long as it still stands. Your customer gets a lovely framed print of the actual toilet – the toilet itself gets a plaque so the users know where its come from and you even get the GPS co-ordinates so that you can look at it on google earth. What’s not to love? Prices start at £60 for an individual toilet up to £240 for a school toilet block. What’s not to love? A gift that saves lives. More info here. (Toilet Twinning)
Oxfam Unwrapped. The original Charity gift scheme and probably still the biggest. There are 3 ‘hygiene’ options that are suitable. Again choice is yours and budgets amounts are smaller so you can share the love a bit the costs are as follows and are available online (http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/oxfam-unwrapped) here. Or pop into any Oxfam shop – here is a break down of my 3 favourites (but I also love the goat).
A compost toilet costs only £20
Fix a well costs £22
Safe water for a village £50
If you find any more Christmas toilet ideas be sure to let us know!
My eye was drawn to an article on the BBC website claiming that sales of toilet paper were up even though the population
was in decline. Several reasons were given but the most plausible in my opinion is the trend for manufacturers to develop 2 and 3 ply paper options. The perceived ‘luxury’ of a 2 or 3 ply paper is up to the individual but when you use warm air techniques to ‘quilt’ toilet paper you inevitably reduce the amount of paper on the roll. The actual diameter of a roll of toilet paper is consistent to the manufacturer – the ‘thicker’ the paper the less there is on the roll, so be carefull when you are in Sainsburys and check the sheet count for value for money.
The same issues occur within the commercial sector and the variant of dispense are huge from single sheets to maxi jumbos – each manufacturer trying to create a unique dispense system that locks out the competions – lets face it toilet paper is a basic commodity we all must buy it? So in the commercial market what is best? Well each to their own really. We recommend Vendor Vision range. Why?
the units are well designed and can be made in 3000 colours
each dispenser holds up to 200m of paper (about 8 domestic rolls)
you just top up when convenient so you should never run out
the paper is EU Ecolabel and Nordic Swan certified
cleverly they have a built in ‘brake’ which allows us to adjust the tension and reduces waste