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AKW - Leading Wet Floor Former Gets Carbon Footprint Assessment

AKW, the market leader in the provision of elderly and disabled bathroom products, has commissioned a pioneering piece of research to asses the environmental impact of its wet floor former, Tuff Form in line with the PAS 2050 specification®.

A multi-impact assessment was undertaken by Sustain Ltd, a leading carbon reduction company, of nine different sizes of shower tray and waste components in the Tuff Form® range. The product was the first of its kind to undergo a study and a full Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). An LCA calculates the environmental impact for a number of different impact categories from every stage of the product’s lifecycle.

Sustain Ltd aimed to find out which environmental impact was the largest, so that AKW could successfully produce a targeted reduction strategy. A multi-impact approach was chosen to ensure that no negative effects would occur elsewhere. AKW needed the assessment results to show a robust, international recognised methodology which would be transparent and easily understood by its customers.

The LCA assessed Tuff Form® against 17 criteria including climate change, toxicity and fossil resource use and OZ depletion. Through finding out these results, AKW could begin a targeted reduction strategy focusing on its impact on climate change, fossil resource particularly in manufacturing.

The research confirmed that Tuff Form® is up to 5 times more durable than other recycled plastic formers when side transferring a 40 stone person. This proved that Tuff Form® can last up to 5 times longer than other formers on the market. Taking the full life cycle of the product into account Tuff Form® is the most ‘green’ wet floor former on the market.

Bob Stimpson, Technical Director responsible for Tuff Form® manufacturing commented: “The assessment on Tuff Form® enabled us to have a balanced comparison of competitors and ultimately proved that our product lifecycle is 5 times longer than others. It highlights the continuous improvements of AKW and our carbon reduction commitment.

“We are delighted to have worked with a reliable partner, Sustain Ltd, who helped us realise we can keep promises that benefit both environment and customers.”

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