The Importance of Sustainability in Restroom Partitions

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Sustainability is a factor that all facility managers strive for, especially in todays’ top leading industries. The need for using sustainable products or executing green practices is important towards building a better future, and it can start with your facility! Utilizing sustainable building materials can be very beneficial towards your facility, especially when it comes to the restroom. There are a few types of materials you can use in your facility’s restroom, but when it’s time to decide, you’ll want to find reliable and sustainable materials for the job.

Making sustainability a priority for your bathroom is crucial, so here’s a list for the importance of sustainability in restroom partitions.

Choosing Materials That Will Last You

One of the most sustainable aspects of choosing the right toilet partition materials is finding one that can outlast the standard types and materials. Most toilet partitions are subject to wear and damage over time; however, some endure these deteriorations much too early.

By choosing a sustainable material, you’ll be selecting partitions that are designed to last and withstand the elements. The goal is to not only put off a replacement but also rely on a material that doesn’t require significant maintenance over the years. When you have a durable material for your toilet partitions, they won’t incur any damage that most standard materials are susceptible.

Finding Post-Consumer Materials That Can Be Recycled

Everyone is familiar with the importance of recycling, but have you ever utilized building materials that have been through the process of recycling. A lot of plastics, like HDPE (high-density polyethylene), are recycled and then redistributed, whether they’re the same product or formed into something new. By using recycled building materials, you’re helping reduce waste while relying on a material that can not only last you, but when it’s time for a replacement, the material can be recycled once again.

Reducing Harmful Emissions in Your Restroom

Another major benefit to utilizing a sustainable material like HDPE plastic is that this material doesn’t require any painting. If graffiti somehow shows up, your first instinct is to get a paint match to cover over the drawing; however, with HDPE, you can simply wipe away the marker or spray paint. Since HDPE is non-absorbent, you don’t have to buy additional paint and perform any touch-ups. Due to the lack of repainting, you won’t be exposing your restroom, or its occupants, to the harmful VOC (volatile organic compounds) that are present in most paints.

The Benefits of Using Sustainable Building Materials

There are plenty of benefits to going green and sustainable. There are many environmental benefits, such as not using up any valuable resources. By using sustainable materials, you’re doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint. You’ll also enjoy the benefit of having reliable materials that are durable, low maintenance, recyclable, and great for the environment.

Want to learn more about utilizing sustainable building products to take your facility in a greener direction? Check out this free eBook, Sustainable Building Products: How to Make Your Facility Eco-Friendly from Top to Bottom, from your friends at Scranton Products.

Common Questions About Shower Stalls

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If your facility has a designated shower area and locker room, there are a few steps that you need to take to ensure that the area is protected from the elements. You also want to be sure that you’re using the best materials to help reduce your maintenance costs and the man hours spent cleaning and servicing your shower stalls. When it comes to picking the right shower stalls, you’ll need to know what to look for in order to get the best results.

Here’s some of the most common questions about shower stalls.

How Can I Improve Privacy for the Shower Stall Occupants?

Most people can feel pretty vulnerable in the shower, especially if there are several other people showering in the same area. There are several different styles of shower stalls, including open partitions, which provide the most exposure. Enclosed shower stalls seem to be the preferred model, but there are unavoidable sightlines in the door gap or through the bottom of the stall sometimes. The best way to improve privacy in the shower area is by utilizing a material that leaves no sightlines and offers an enclosed and secure experience for the occupant.

How Can I Combat the Growth of Mold and Mildew?

Constantly scrubbing away mold in your shower stalls may seem like an uphill battle because everything is working against you. Mold and mildew thrive in moist environments. Since shower stalls constantly have water flowing through them, the idea of tackling the mold may seem daunting. However, this could be because of the materials you’re using for your shower stall. Finding the right materials can help reduce the time spent cleaning by resisting mold growth while standing up to the constant exposure to moisture and humidity.

Why Do I Have to Replace My Shower Stalls?

Shower stalls can take a beating over time. They can easily become scratched and dented after just a few uses. You’ll want to keep your shower stalls in great condition and lasting as long as possible. However, if their interior becomes infested with mold, replacing the shower stall is a must. When it’s time for a replacement, you’ll want to find a material that can last a long time in the harsh shower elements and can forgo the costly replacement.

Is There a Way that I Can Reduce My Shower Stall Maintenance Costs?

Considering the elements that can have a negative effect on your shower stalls, you don’t want to forego maintenance because it could lead to detrimental health issues for your occupants. However, you can replace your shower stalls with a more durable material that can withstand the moisture and humidity.

HDPE solid plastic is a great option for your shower stalls because it’s durable, solid, and dent- and scratch-resistant. Best of all, though, is that HDPE solid plastic is nonabsorbent. It can actually resist the growth of mold, which can help save you costs when it’s time for maintenance because these stalls can be power washed and steamed cleaned.

Want to learn more tips on maintaining your shower stalls? Check out this blog post, How to Remove Mold in Your Shower and Locker Rooms, from your friends at Scranton Products.

Why Work With An Industry Leader?

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Industry leaders offer a unique value to their clients.

It starts with a razor-sharp focus on their clients’ most important issues. Industry leaders dig deep into these issues and come up with innovative ways to solve them. They also know that innovation is more than coming up with great ideas. Industry leaders know how to innovate. They excel in operational execution and have the methodologies and processes in place to deliver value consistently to their customers.

As North America’s leading manufacturer of HDPE bathroom partitions and lockers, Scranton Products is a proven industry leader, focused on responsive innovation, and offering our customers quality products that are built and tested to the highest standards.

What drives innovation at Scranton Products? It is understanding the needs of our customers – the need for high-value

As a market leader, our products are built to stand up to the harshest environments and are backed by Scranton Products’ industry-leading warranties, so you can rest easy that your investment is protected for years to come.

As a market leader, we are committed to sustainability. All of our products are made from recycled materials and are 100% recyclable. They are also free of VOC emissions and are GREENGUARD Gold Certified. In addition, throughout our manufacturing process, we’re conscious of our impact on the environment and practice factory-responsible recycling.

As a market leader, we are a true partner to our clients, offering responsive innovation, cutting edge solutions, unsurpassed product quality, excellent customer support, and one of the largest distribution networks in the industry.

To learn more about Scranton Products and the unique value we offer our clients, please visit: https://www.scrantonproducts.com/products/

 

LEED Building Is A Better Building

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LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized “green” building certification. LEED certification standards lead to a safer, greener, cleaner and more energy efficient environment within the building where they are applied. With a certification process more than 25 years in the making, LEED has grown to become the most widely used green building rating system in the world. As a process, it offers third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at reducing energy and water usage, promoting better indoor air quality, and improving quality of life.

 

Third Party Verification System

As an internationally recognized third-party verification system, LEED influences how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. In order for a building project to earn LEED Certification, it must meet certain criteria and goals within the following categories:

Location and Transportation – how close a project is to mass transit
Materials and Resources – use of locally sourced, sustainable products
Water Efficiency – reducing potable water usage
Energy and Atmosphere – improving energy performance and indoor air quality
Sustainable Sites – utilizing nearby natural resources and ecosystems that can naturally take part of the design, minimizing environmental pollution
Regional Priority Credits – addressing a particular concern based on location
Innovation – any idea not covered under the main LEED areas

Each of these credit categories contains a varied series of suggested opportunities. The building project earns points when it properly uses and integrates these opportunities. The LEED certification is applicable to both residential and commercial construction, and projects can earn one of four certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

 

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Benefits Of LEED Certification

 

Any project, at any stage in development, can pursue LEED certification. Although LEED-certified projects typically have a higher initial investment because of stricter standards for construction, materials and labor, this initial investment can be recovered with lower operating costs. According to a study conducted by the New Building Institute, LEED buildings average a 24 percent decrease in energy consumption. In addition to reduced energy and water usage, LEED buildings also provide substantial reductions in costs associated with building maintenance, management of construction waste, and liability.

LEED-certified buildings also offer many other benefits. Typically built with occupant comfort in mind, these buildings offer increased sunlight, open spaces, and significantly better air quality, creating healthier, more comfortable, and very attractive places to live, work or play. For communities, having a LEED certified building not only reinforces the community’s commitment to sustainability, it also brings jobs to the community, since one of LEED’s best practices is utilizing local labor and materials wherever possible.

 

A Commitment to Sustainability
At Scranton Products, we believe in supporting a healthier environment and are focused on providing our customers innovative sustainable solutions that create a positive environmental impact.

 

Because our products are designed to meet specific LEED requirements, incorporating Scranton Products sustainable HDPE materials into your projects can contribute points toward LEED v4 certification in the following categories:

 

Material & Resources:

·    Recycled Content

·    REACH Optimization

·    Construction Waste Diversion

Indoor Air Quality:

·      Low Emitting Materials

·      Interior Lighting – Surface

·       Reflectance

 

For more information on our complete suite of sustainable products, please contact us to start a conversation today. All of our products are 100% recyclable and are made from recycled materials, incorporating between 30 and 85% recycled content, including both post-consumer and pre-consumer materials. In addition, our products are free of VOC emissions and are GREENGUARD Gold Certified.

 

Configurations of Toilet Partitions

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Configured for Beauty and Privacy

When choosing toilet partitions privacy, aesthetics, and durable performance are just a few aspects that need to be considered, and selecting the right configuration is essential to the overall design of your public restroom facility.  At Scranton Products, we believe in responding to client needs with innovative, customizable solutions, and we offer a full range of features, options, and configurations to help you create exceptional bathroom designs.

One of the most important concerns in a public restroom is privacy and Scranton Products offers several partition options that can be configured to meet your facility’s privacy concerns. Our Aria™, Eclipse®, and Hiny Hiders® partitions have variable configurations that deliver contemporary looks and superior privacy. You can customize the partitions in many different ways to achieve the level of privacy you require, from a standard 55” height to a 72” height. Choose sleek, smooth, minimum-sight design options for the ultimate in privacy and clean aesthetics, or select from an array of floor-mounted overhead-braced, ceiling-hung, or floor-to-ceiling configurations.

Our innovative Aria Partitions™ offer the highest degree of privacy and aesthetics. This shoeless system provides overlapping edges, continuous edge mounted hinges and floor mounted side panels, resulting in a striking, high-privacy design. Our striking Eclipse Partitions® provide a minimum-sight design that also delivers superior privacy and innovative aesthetics, featuring sleek hidden hardware and high-privacy angled door edges. While our Hiny Hiders® product line offers a range of configurations, privacy, and hardware options, providing the flexibility to create highly attractive and customized restroom designs, while offering superior value.

 

Superior Performance

When your bathroom facility is ready for an update, design options and material choice are important factors. Whether it’s providing privacy, eco-friendly design, resistance to harsh environments, bacterial resistance, or easy maintenance, we offer a full range of features, options, and configurations to create the unique storage solutions you require.

All of our systems are made with HDPE, and feature solid-core construction that is impermeable to moisture and resistant to mold, mildew and bacteria. They are also extremely durable and sustainable, manufactured from 100% recyclable materials. Made with a solid color throughout, there is never a need to paint these partitions, significantly reducing maintenance time and cost, and enhancing interior air quality.

To learn more about our high-quality toilet partitions and the range of configurations available, visit our website to download more detailed information on our complete product line. 

 

The Top 3 Things to Consider Before Updating Your Commercial Bathroom

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There are plenty of benefits to performing much-needed updates to your commercial facility, especially when it comes to the bathroom. The bathroom in your facility is often frequented by the occupants, so you’ll want to take the necessary steps to not only make it more inviting, but you’ll also want to think ahead down the road when choosing the right materials.

Here are the top 3 things to consider before updating your commercial facility.

Improving Occupant Privacy & Comfort

Privacy is a crucial element in commercial facility restroom. Coworkers can be friendly and affable, but when it’s in the bathroom, privacy is a necessary factor. The most common complaint heard about workplace restrooms is not necessarily a lack of privacy, but there is a room for improvement. Most toilet partitions feature door gaps, as well as exposed feet and ceiling room that can be problematic for the taller occupants. These sightlines can add to the discomfort of using the bathroom.

Using better partitions is necessary for achieving the ultimate privacy. HDPE plastic partitions can eliminate these unnecessary sightlines, with clasp doors and customizable frames. Privacy doesn’t have to be a foreign concept when it comes to your commercial bathroom.

Getting a Step Ahead of the Elements

Due to the ever-present humidity and moisture in restrooms, there can be negative consequences if you choose the wrong materials. Most toilet partitions, like Phenolic, feature a paper core. Over time, the core can become drenched. When left unchecked, it’ll start sprouting mold spores, which not only adds a pungent odor to your restroom, but it can contribute to respiratory issues.

HDPE plastic partitions are a solid construction with no inner paper core. They won’t absorb the moisture and they can stand up to the constant barrage of humidity. You’ll be free from worry about unwanted mold and mildew.

Reducing Maintenance Costs

One of biggest and most costly issues that facility managers have to deal with is maintenance. Commercial facility restrooms usually require considerable maintenance, which leads to high costs and a significant amount of time and effort. Replacing partitions and meticulously scrubbing the floors and walls are no fun, so why not get ahead of the costly maintenance by using the right materials?

When you utilize HDPE plastic partitions, you’ll essentially reduce your maintenance costs and man hours. Due to the durability and non-absorbent qualities of this plastic, you won’t have to worry about any considerable repairs or replacements. In fact, HDPE plastic partitions are built to last and are warranted for up to 25 years. You’ll certainly enjoy the many benefits of this high-quality, reliable, and low-cost maintenance partitions in your commercial facility restroom.

Want to learn more about the right tactics with updating your commercial bathroom? Download this free eBook, The Professional’s Guide to Commercial Bathroom Renovations and Remodels, from your friends at Scranton Products!

Product Transparency

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According to the U.S., Environmental Protection Agency, over ninety-percent of our time is spent indoors. Now more than ever, people want to know that they are living and working in a healthy environment. They demand to know the products surrounding them are safe, how they were made, and from what type of materials.

The New Normal

While we have not always taken additional steps to ensure our well being through awareness, it is fast becoming the norm. Environmental safety (both indoors and out) is topping the list as a priority.

Over the years, building product transparency has changed from a mere movement to a necessity within the construction industry. And as the demand for clean and healthier living grows, so does the need for greater transparency in building products and materials.

The benefits are clearly four-fold. Building owners are looking for ways to make buildings healthier for occupants. Architects are now identifying building products that are healthy, sustainable and environmentally friendly, enabling them to make informed decisions when specifying products and materials. Manufacturers can effectively market their products, and owners and occupants are gaining insight into how healthy and environmentally friendly their buildings – and the materials within them – are.

A Leader in Product Transparency

With a 30-year history in sustainable product development and production, Scranton Products has long led the way in meeting the demand for product transparency.

All of our products – including each of our locker lines, bathroom partitions, vanities and other HDPE products – are manufactured in the USA from American-made solid HDPE (high-density polyethylene), using recycled materials containing both pre- and post-consumer content. Free of VOC emissions, all of our products are eligible for LEED credits, and are GREENGUARD Gold Certified, meeting strict certification requirements for use in schools and healthcare facilities. In addition, all of our products are 100% recyclable and are available in 100% post-consumer material.

At Scranton Products, we have always been committed to supporting a healthier environment. If you would like to find out more about our low emitting products that meet both GREENGUARD emissions standards as well as LEED requirements for air quality and sustainability, please click on the link below.

The Top 3 Reasons to Choose Aria Partitions™ for Your Restroom Makeover

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If you’re planning to renovate some areas of your facility and you’re considering a makeover of your restrooms, you’ll want to utilize the best materials and design implementations to craft a unique and positive restroom experience. There are plenty of design tactics to open the space up a little bit more and make it more warm and welcoming. However, when it comes to choosing your toilet partitions, you’ll want to make the right decision that will benefit you, your occupants, and your facility’s restroom.

Here’s the top three reasons you should choose Aria Partitions™ for your restroom makeover.

Boosting Your Restroom’s Style

Having a stylish bathroom will certainly appeal to the occupants in your facility, adding an extra dose of comfort where most people feel vulnerable. Aria Partitions™ offer a sleek appearance. Aria Partitions™ are customizable and can be tailored to fit any design pattern or layout. They offer seven unique panel designs, 17 door designs, as well as 27 different colors and textures. You get to choose your preferred style to go with the theme and aesthetics of your new stylish restroom.

Improving on the Privacy for Your Occupants

Privacy is a huge factor to consider with your restroom, especially when it comes to choosing the partitions. Most toilet partitions have a few design flaws that can add to a discomfort of the occupant through exposed feet and ceiling areas, showcasing clear visibility that someone is in the stall. The doors even feature gaps that make the occupant slightly visible from certain angles, so improving the privacy is key.

Aria Partitions™ offer the utmost privacy. These partitions offer an enclosed bathroom experience, where occupants don’t have to worry about sightlines that make them visible to other people in the restroom.

Cutting Down on Maintenance Costs

One of the best reasons to choose Aria Partitions™ for your restroom makeover is due to the low maintenance that these partitions require. Aria Partitions™ are made from HDPE (high-density polyethylene) solid plastic, which can withstand the humidity and moisture in your restroom. These two factors contribute heavily to the wear of standard partitions because they soak the inner paper core and sprout mold, which leads to foul odors and the possibility of negative health effects. Since HDPE is solid, there’s no paper core that’s susceptible to mold growth, meaning you don’t have to replace them.

The partitions are also durable. They’re resistant to impacts, dents, and scratches, so you don’t have to worry about any cosmetic issues with the doors or frames. HDPE is also non-absorbent, so you don’t have to worry about repainting if graffiti shows up since it can be easily wiped clean.

When it’s time to find a lasting material for your restroom makeover, Aria Partitions™ are the perfect choice. You can learn even more about these partitions by checking out their brochure from your friends at Scranton Products.

Quick Guide: Choosing the Right Bathroom Partitions for Your School

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Conducting renovations and remodels in your school is important when you need to replace certain materials, fixtures, or components. When it comes to your bathroom, you’ll need to use the right materials to ensure that they’ll be able to last in the sometimes-hostile environment that a school restroom can be due to the moisture and […]

New Restroom Design Trends in 2018

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When it’s time to renovate your facility’s restrooms, why not improve the overall experience for the occupants? Staying on top of trends, especially when it comes to restroom design, is important because it adds an extra element to your facility and your restrooms. There are several ways that you can update your bathroom to include some of the new 2018 restroom design trends to really stand out.

Here’s a few ways that you can update the bathroom in your facility to improve the aesthetics and the experience.

Choosing a Theme

When you think of commercial bathrooms, you probably don’t remember the décor or the style. However, commercial restrooms today are broadening the horizon and utilizing fun, unique designs and themes to accentuate the designated space for the sinks and toilets. There are plenty of themes that you can utilize, whether it’s modern, retro, artsy, or even industrial. There are also several ways that you can achieve these themes through colors, spacing, exposed plumbing, and even mirror size and placement.

Open Up Your Restroom

The open space concept isn’t anything new, but lately it’s been one of the most sought after designs with homes, businesses, and even restrooms. While you may feel that you have limited space in your restroom to achieve the open space look, you can utilize certain materials to make your restroom seem larger and more spacious. You can choose brighter lights, lighter-colored flooring, and leave more open space under the sink or vanity to make the space seem roomier.

Pick the Best Materials

When you’re embarking on a remodel of your facility’s restroom, it’s a chance to do things over. That’s why you should use the best materials around to not only provide an inviting appearance, but also last the years. HDPE plastic has become increasingly popular as toilet partitions. Not only is this solid plastic durable, impact resistant, non-absorbent to graffiti and bacteria, but it’s also 100% sustainable. It will last for years because it requires very little maintenance, so you can look forward to the time and costs that you’ll save over time.

Improve the Privacy

Privacy is a factor that everyone appreciates when it comes to going to the restroom. However, one of the most common complaints that occupants have is the exposed feet, door gaps, and open tops that most toilet partitions have, so why not change the set-up altogether by going with something new? Aria Partitions™ offer an enclosed stall that provides ample privacy by eliminating sight lines and closing off the partitions to give occupants complete privacy and comfort.

Clear the Air with Plants

Putting plants in your facility’s restroom can add more than just greenery. While the contrast of plants in a restroom environment can be appealing, plants can actually help improve the air quality. They can help purify the air in your restroom, and indoor plants have been proven to create a relaxing feeling, which will improve the restroom experience for the occupants in your facility.

Giving your facility’s restroom a makeover has a few notable advantages. Not only can you make it more visually appealing, but it’s your chance to utilize some reliable and sustainable materials to keep your restroom in great condition. Want to learn more about how to go about changing the look of your restroom? Check out this eBook, The Professional’s Guide to Commercial Bathroom Renovations and Remodels, from your friends at Scranton Products.