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Happy Earth Day!
Today, more than one billion people in 190 countries around the world are raising awareness about efforts to protect our planet, and associates in Kohler, Wisconsin, are no exception.
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Associates commemorated the sustainable holiday at our Earth Day celebration, where they could make their own green household cleaners, learn how to make compost in their backyard and walk away with free LED lamps and tree seedlings.
Those eager for fresh, local eats could sign up for garden plots or purchase fruit, vegetable and egg shares as part of a community agriculture program. Kohler’s arborists even shared proper planting techniques so associates could take care of their new baby trees.
That was just our day. Keep following us and learn what we do throughout an entire year.

Happy Earth Day!

Today, more than one billion people in 190 countries around the world are raising awareness about efforts to protect our planet, and associates in Kohler, Wisconsin, are no exception.

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Nutmeg grinders are far from our expertise, but that’s exactly why we’re using them to stress the importance of sustainability and sustainable design to our associates. And in the process, these gadgets are proving themselves to be much more valuable to our company than your average kitchen utensil.
It started last year with the launch of Design for Environment, our concentrated effort to give thought to all the environmental impacts our products will have over their lifetimes. We envisioned a fun, engaging way to etch this idea into the minds of our associates, whether they’re on the front lines of new product development or crunching numbers in finance. And so “Project Nutmeg” was born.[[MORE]]
Associate teams (often cross-functional) are challenged to redesign a nutmeg grinder that will be used to create a new, hypothetical variety of our renowned chocolates. The goal is to reduce the product’s environmental impact through every step of the development process—from sourcing materials to what happens to the product when it’s no longer functional.
The teams get 45 minutes to collaboratively redesign the device and prepare a 2-minute “elevator pitch” to present to the group. Because we’re not in the business of making nutmeg grinders, associates are thinking creatively to solve this design challenge.
At the end of the exercise, the teams give each other a score and pick the winner, all the while gaining valuable, diverse perspectives on ways to incorporate sustainability into design and broadening their ways of thinking.
After more than 10 rounds of Project Nutmeg featuring the ideas of 240 associates from all different areas of our business (and even at a recruiting event), we’re still coming up with new, sustainable solutions. But more importantly, these associates are returning to their “day jobs” with the reminder that, in our quest to become more sustainable, each little bit of effort is crucial to our success.

Nutmeg grinders are far from our expertise, but that’s exactly why we’re using them to stress the importance of sustainability and sustainable design to our associates. And in the process, these gadgets are proving themselves to be much more valuable to our company than your average kitchen utensil.

It started last year with the launch of Design for Environment, our concentrated effort to give thought to all the environmental impacts our products will have over their lifetimes. We envisioned a fun, engaging way to etch this idea into the minds of our associates, whether they’re on the front lines of new product development or crunching numbers in finance. And so “Project Nutmeg” was born.

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Our showerheads and hand showers featuring Katalyst™ technology get a boost from an unexpected source to create their powerful, luxurious yet water-conserving streams.
Air.
The innovative air-induction technology plumps up each water droplet so it feels bigger and performs better. In a way, it’s more water but using less. Make sense?
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To be honest, the whole concept of a low-flow showerhead that gives you a truly satisfying shower was daunting to us.
“I think we had designed products at 2.5 gallons per minute for so long that we didn’t believe we could deliver a great experience at anything less,” admitted Joel Smith, director of new product engineering for North American faucets.
To top it off, consumers are skeptical about low-flow showerheads. They’ve tried them before and have been left disappointed (and, well, soapy).
Our challenge was to fully wash away consumers’ (and our own) doubts.
After developing Katalyst technology for our 2.5 gpm showerheads, the development team took a chance and reduced the water flow to 2.0 gpm. With that one step, we proved ourselves wrong.
“We make a water-conserving product feel like the customers are getting just as much water as they would with a standard product,” said Smith. “You almost have to see it, hear it, feel it to see what a difference it makes.”
With the formula of one-part air to five-parts water, this technology is one way we’re believing in better showers—with less water. Who would’ve thought?

Our showerheads and hand showers featuring Katalyst™ technology get a boost from an unexpected source to create their powerful, luxurious yet water-conserving streams.

Air.

The innovative air-induction technology plumps up each water droplet so it feels bigger and performs better. In a way, it’s more water but using less. Make sense?

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Call it field-to-fork, farm-to-table or (even tastier) greenhouse-to-ravioli. Kohler chefs craft their menus with more and more locally grown ingredients, including some from our very own land.

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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.[[MORE]]
The universally designed bathroom spaces with KOHLER® bath and shower products, including handshowers, bidet seats and ADA-compliant sinks, help veterans feel more independent (and save water with our efficient toilets). STERLING® bath/showers with grab bars help them bathe their children, while KOHLER barrier-free kitchen sinks and touchless faucets help veterans prepare and clean up meals with their families.
With KOHLER standby generators, those who depend on electric lifts, monitoring equipment or refrigerated medication never worry about basic power necessities during a power outage.

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.

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