The winners of the 2018 Interclean Innovation Award have been announced — and Tork PaperCircle® was awarded both the category award and the prestigious Visitor’s Choice Award. Tork PaperCircle is the world’s first recycling service for paper hand towels. It uses waste as a resource and turns used paper towels into new hygiene tissue products — thereby closing the loop and creating new circular standards for waste management.
On May 15, during the Interclean opening ceremony in Amsterdam, the 2018 Interclean Innovation Awards were announced. Tork PaperCircle, the world’s first recycling service for paper hand towels, received the awards.
Tork PaperCircle helps companies redefine their waste management and accelerate sustainability efforts. Around the world, companies are shifting to a circular economy, closing the loop for every part of their business. Tork PaperCircle is enabling them to do the same for paper hand towels. The scale of global hygiene brand Tork makes it possible to compile and recycle used paper hand towels locally into new tissue products. The result cuts the carbon footprint by 40% compared to current waste handling options1.
”Our 50 years of insights and customer focus are always driving us towards innovations that add value. The Tork PaperCircle service is one-of-a-kind and will drive circularity discussions within our industry and help our customers stay ahead of sustainability expectations.” says Don Lewis, President for Professional Hygiene at Essity
“We were really impressed with the Tork PaperCircle® service. It’s a very ambitious project and the first of its kind, offering a paper recycling service at client buildings. It’s innovation in the sector and it’s encouraging Facility Managers to take a more circular approach to managing their buildings. And it’s also encouraging the washroom users to be more involved in the process of recycling and to change behavior. The project includes local partners and we believe it’s a service that can prosper and develop the industry.” Michelle Marshall, Chairman of the Jury
About the 2018 Interclean Innovation Award
The Interclean Innovation Award acknowledges outstanding achievements in the field of innovation, divided into four categories. The products and solutions are judged on their originality, practicality, sustainability, profitability and their impact on the industry.
1 The results of a life cycle analysis (LCA) in 2017, verified by IVL, Swedish Environmental Research Institute Ltd, where the avoided processes have been taken into account.