General waste bins ditched
When Kathmandu’s new office opened in early 2016, it originally had general waste bins, along with desk bins for individual workers.
The use of Method’s utility stations, including locations at each floor’s kitchen, means staff have to walk a small distance to sort their rubbish. “But it is not viewed as a huge problem,” says Oliver.
“It is all about engagement, awareness and communications. A few really passionate team members from our Customer Services team have really helped drive this awareness and reduction in the office. There a lot of education involved, a lot of internal communications.
He says that Kathmandu is a member of the USA-based Outdoor Industry Association (which also has the likes of Patagonia, North Face and Colombia). This association meets twice-yearly to discuss, and share answers to the industry’s big issues. Oliver says Method’s answer to sorting office waste is elegant and easy - and will probably be mentioned at an upcoming association meeting.
“Method’s slick solution is part of our wider sustainability strategy and ethos,” he says.
“It enables us all to play a small role in reducing our individual footprint and living up to Kathmandu’s values.”
Method co-founder India Korner says Kathmandu’s use of its injection-moulded bins is a perfect example of an environmentally aware company making it possible for staff to do the right thing.
“The other advantage of our system is that in activity- based and collaborative workspaces such as Kathmandu’s, by taking away individual desk bins and enabling people to walk to our bins, you provide the opportunity for them to bump into each other,” she says. “That’s how new ideas are generated.”
Method’s bins also allow much more flexibility of design, and changing around of layout within an office. If special cabinetry needs to be built (which usually hides away other less attractive types of waste recycling bins), then any office changes are much more problematic says India. Method’s standalone bins (with lock together connectors) can adapt and grow with any office changes she says.
India says that Method’s bins are also liner bag agnostic, though colour coded liners (same at the bin lid) are available. No matter which liners are used, the patented mechanism which locks liners into place, and ensures no ugly liner overhang is another feature enjoyed by cleaners and staff alike.
She says Method’s system, developed using design-led principles, means no rubbish can get between the liner and the bin.
“We’ve made sure our system is infallible,” she says.
“It is good for Kathmandu , and good for us that we are able to help such a progressive company achieve its sustainability goals.”