T&S Brass and Bronze Works has been way ahead of the sustainability curve for years.
As the leading manufacturer of foodservice plumbing equipment, T&S Brass realizes that usable water is a seriously limited resource (only 3% of the earth’s surface contains fresh water, and only 25% of that is available for use) and that they have a responsibility to planet earth and its inhabitants to design products that simply don’t waste as much water.
Because T&S Brass provides products designed to preserver water, adding their products to your arsenal could assist your restaurant in obtaining a LEED Certification through earning points in the “Water Efficiency,” “Innovation & Design,” and “Regional Priority” categories of performance tested for the certification.
Whether you’re trying to obtain a LEED Certification or just need to update the faucet in your 3-compartment sink, I want to outline some water conserving (Low Flow) products from T&S, and also touch on some other incredible ways this company is tackling sustainability.
Can you imagine washing dishes in your commercial kitchen without a pre-rinse faucet? In 1947, T&S Brass introduced the market’s first – thanks T&S! To top that, they’ve since created what are called low-flow spray valves which average .65 GPM (gallons per minute) versus the industry standard of 1.42 GPM. The B-0107-C (the first of its kind) and B-0108-C are endorsed by the Green Restaurant Association and could save you up to 77,000 gallons of water per year. And don’t confuse a low flow rate with low water pressure – these babies still pack a punch and do just fine battling dirty dishes.
Still not convinced? Take a spin at this T&S Cost Savings Calculator for pre-rinse spray valves to see how much you could save by making the switch.
Sensor faucets do just as their name implies; they sense – and only turn on – when hands are underneath the spout. T&S sensor faucets are designed with a pre-set low flow rate and could save as much as 1 gallon of water per 20-second hand wash! Other benefits on top of saving water are the reduction in heating costs and improved hygiene.
Having a faucet that conserves water usage is pointless if the unit starts to leak from the spout, handles, nozzle, or coupling – wasting both water resources and money at the same time. Luckily, Tundra Restaurant Supply makes it simple to fix your T&S faucet with commercial plumbing replacement parts. For example, if you have leaking at the base of your T&S Swing Nozzle, you simply need to replace the Swivel O-Ring. A cheap and easy fix that can save gallons of water and a call to the service tech.
EnviroPure Food Waste Disposal System
Industrial kitchens and foodservice operations create millions of tons of food waste each year from food scraps and unfinished plates, which accounts for 30% of the waste going into our landfills. When food waste gets to the landfill, it starts an anaerobic decomposition process (biodegradable material is broken down without the help of oxygen) which sends millions of tons of methane into our atmosphere. As methane is over 20 times more potent than CO2, you can imagine how detrimental this greenhouse gas is to our ozone layer.
OK, well that sounds terrible… but isn’t that why we compost? Well, compost is a great alternative to sending food waste to the landfill, but unfortunately it’s not practical in all situations (consider ski lodges where hauling that waste down a mountain is difficult and expensive). And if you think about it, unless you create your own composting system on-site, transporting all that waste emits its own CO2 into the atmosphere.
So when composting isn’t an option, The EnviroPure food waste disposal system provides the option to process food waste on-site, eliminating any transportation to a composting facility. Using a 24-hour decomposition process and a proprietary micro nutrient vitamin solution called Biomix, the EnviroPure converts food waste into grey water that can safely be disposed of through any municipal sewer system, or reused as irrigation water. Watch the video to learn more about the whole process and give Tundra a call if you’re interested in an Enviropure for you establishment!
But Is a Product Sustainable If You Waste Energy Making It?
T&S understands that designing water conserving pre-rinse units or food waste disposal systems is pointless if the manufacturing process itself isn’t sustainable.
T&S uses 98-99% recycled metal, and also recycles its scrap metal, plastic shrink wrap, corrugation, plastic palettes, and office paper. 100% of polishing dust is collected and repurposed to reduce the use of virgin metals. Their facilities use energy efficient lighting, air conditioning and heating which has reduced their energy consumption by 6%. You also won’t find VOC and other ozone-depleting chemicals in any of their processes.
We love T&S Brass for its devotion to the Earth, but also for its dedication to providing dependable, ground-breaking products.Shop All T&S Plumbing Supplies