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Kohler Sustainability Champion Dives Into Reducing Restaurant Waste

Server finds that small changes in restaurant processes add up to waste (and cost) savings.
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We Believe You Can Always Ask for More Bread

You’re out for dinner. Ah, the bread basket arrives. Mmm. But when you’re done with your fill, did you know that the rest is tossed in another type of basket? (That would be the trash kind.)

Our server-turned-sustainability-snoop Melissa Crane set out to prevent this kind of waste (and money in the garbage) at Kohler’s Italian restaurant.

Kohler Believing In Better Blog: Kohler India Uses Rainwater Harvesting to Recharge Water Table

Five collection structures have the potential to return 10 times the amount of water the plant uses in a year back to the groundwater.
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How is it possible to replenish the water table with 10 times the amount of water you use in year? Our associates in Aurangabad, India, figured it out.

Kohler Believing In Better Blog: San Bernardino Distribution Center Exceeds California's Recycling Law

Associates embrace smart sorting system to divert 95% of its waste from the landfill.
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We'll Take That Bet and Raise You!

When California required companies to divert 75 percent of their waste from the landfill, associates at our distribution center thought, “Hey, we can do better than that.” And they did.

Kohler Believing In Better Blog: How In-house Inventors Tempered Energy Use

An 8-person maintenance team at our France-based bathroom furniture company is making energy use flexible and sustainable.
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You’ve heard this tip before: turn down your thermostat a few degrees when you’re not home. Easy energy savings, right? Well, we’ve taken this concept industrial-size.

Kohler Believing In Better Blog: Kohler and Caltech Team Up to Provide Better Sanitation

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What happens when you combine the engineering expertise of Kohler and Caltech with the creative mastery of local Indian artists? You get the “toilet of the future,” piloted in a rural community in India and providing the access to proper sanitation that we all deserve.
 

Kohler Believing In Better Blog: Kohler China Associates Explore UnAmazing Waste

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While waste is inherently unamazing, we can do some pretty amazing things with it to make the world a better place.

Kohler Believing In Better Blog: Kohler India Technical Center Becomes LEED-Gold Certified

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We believe a work environment that’s good for the earth can be equally as good for the soul…
 
The Kohler India Technical Center (ITC) in Pune was created to provide a more spacious, sustainable workplace for associates outgrowing the old technical facility. This new area – a build-out of a floor in an existing office building – recently became LEED-Gold certified for commercial interiors.
 
But Mother Earth isn’t the only one reaping the benefits; we’re feeling pretty good ourselves.
 

Kohler Believing In Better Blog: We Believe In Delivering Dignity

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We’re inspired by fellow innovators, fellow dreamers, fellow think-outside-the-boxers. So when we heard about Lava Mae, a San Francisco-based program designed to deliver showers to the city’s homeless population via mobile buses, we hopped onboard to see how we could help. (Full disclosure: because plumbing happens to be one of our specialties, it wasn’t too difficult of a decision.)
 
The old city buses, received through a donation program, were retrofitted with KOHLER products, from showers to sinks to toilets to grab bars.
 

Kohler Believing In Better Blog: We Believe In Doing the Legwork

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100,000 kilometers.

6,000 hours.

10,000 euro, saved.

It’s hard to believe, but Gérard Mathieu has been riding his bike to and from work (x2, for lunch with his wife) since he started at Kohler in September 1974.

For this Director of Europe/Middle East Faucet Operations, the daily rides of 16 kilometers – or about 10 miles – started because his wife Christiane needed their shared car to get to work. Rather than purchase another gas-guzzling vehicle, Mathieu decided to strap on a helmet and get a wheelin’.

Kohler Believing In Better Blog: We Believe In Not Letting Our Resources Slide

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The new attraction at the Quassy Amusement Park & Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut, isn’t an adrenaline-pumping coaster or a twisting-and-turning water slide; it’s the park’s remodeled restrooms. The mission: to dramatically reduce water usage amidst the park’s growing attendance.
 
A winter revamp of the main restrooms left the 3.5 gallon per flush (gpf) toilets behind in favor of our 1.28 gpf models and included an upgrade to more water-efficient urinals, too.
 

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