Millions of gallons of water are used every day worldwide to wash hotel linens and towels. Hotels bringing attention to water conservation is a fairly common practice. See how the staff at The American Club®, Kohler’s five-star, five-diamond hotel, makes this little sustainability reminder a beautiful thing.
Thanks to our partnership with Homes For Our Troops, we have provided bathroom and kitchen products and home generators for 58 homes of severely injured U.S. veterans—from California to Vermont—since 2011.This national nonprofit organization builds homes at no charge to provide these veterans with maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.
As a Kohler sustainability champion, Dave Wilson looks for ways to improve the environmental footprint in his workplace. As it turns out, he does the same at home.
In 2009, he installed a solar panel system—of his own design—on his Wisconsin home. Today he’s generating enough energy to cover his electrical consumption and selling the rest back to the utility company. He expects that his sizable capital investment in the equipment will pay for itself within five to six years.
Believing In Better inspired a group of Kohler Wisconsin associates to transform a patch of parking lot into a shared, flourishing gardening experience. Watch their story and discover the bountiful progress achieved by believing in better.
Kohler is joining forces with a team from Caltech to develop a solar-powered toilet with a self-contained water purification and disinfection system. In 2012, the team’s prototype won the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge – an effort to develop “next-generation” toilets that will deliver safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don’t have it.
Recently, we replaced the material for our consumer riding mower engine covers with EcoLon® resin. EcoLon® is a polypropylene resin made from recycled carpet destined for the landfill.
Toilets are doing as much, or more, with 1.28 gallons of water per flush than they did with 3.5 gallons. Doesn’t sound possible, does it? But think about computers. Not too long ago, it took a refrigerator-sized computer to do what your mobile phone can do today. The same goes for toilets – doing more with less.
Believing in better saved hundreds of century-old cast-iron baths and lavatories from a scrap heap in Glacier National Park, Montana. See the story of the restored fixtures and how believing in better stands the test of time.
At what cost? That’s the question our Life Cycle Analysis team has everyone asking. Thanks to their efforts over the last two years, we’re well on our way to understanding the environmental impact of every single product we create.
While we’ve tracked our overall environmental footprint as a company for years, measuring at the product level is a new initiative. So how is this better?
In February 2011, temperatures dropped so low in Wisconsin that a transmission line snapped, cutting utility power to the New Holstein Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Fortunately for city residents, the backup generator kicked in to keep the plant operating without interruption. That KOHLER® 150-kilowatt standby generator, installed nearly 40 years prior, is testament to Kohler’s commitment to quality and durability.