TORONTO – Unisource Canada is pleased to announce a national agreement with Colliers International’s (Colliers) Canadian Real Estate Management Services division to distribute alternative fibre towel and tissue products for its managed properties across Canada. Colliers l is the third-largest commercial real estate services company in the world, with more than 512 offices in 61 countries, including 22 throughout Canada.
“This new agreement with Unisource Canada shows our commitment to making sustainability an integral part of what we do at Colliers. It is essential for us to be a leader in sustainable business practices and this agreement reinforces our commitment to this initiative,” said Ken Scott, Director of Vendor Management and Sourcing for Colliers.
The alternative non-tree fibre line of bath tissue and paper towels will be provided by Kimberly-Clark Professional, the makers of such trusted brands as Kleenex and Scott. Furthermore, Kimberly-Clark Professional is the first major towel and tissue manufacturer in North America to introduce products that contain alternative, non-tree fibre content to the North American market.
The resources used to manufacture non-tree fibre products include bamboo and wheat straw fibres. These fibres both meet the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) definition of “rapidly renewable” fibres, meaning the materials regenerate themselves in less than 10 years. This shorter harvesting cycle allows for more efficient and sustainable use of land and resources, and reduces pressure on forests and other critical habitats.
“At Unisource, we are working hard to be an environmental leader and partner of choice in the industries we serve. We are excited to collaborate with such an established global leader in the real estate industry,” said Andrew Gustyn, Director of Sustainability for Unisource Worldwide. “Through our strong alliances with top national brands, we are delighted to offer green product alternatives that will advance Colliers’ sustainability initiatives throughout Canada.”
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