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Colliers Contracts to Buy Environmentally-Safe Paper Towel Products for Its Managed Properties
By Alex Finkelstein | November 26, 2012 11:44 AM ET
Talk about keeping the environment safe and healthy. Colliers International's Canadian Real Estate Management Services division has signed an estimated high-dollar contract with Dallas, TX-based Kimberly-Clark Professional (NYSE: KMB) to purchase towel and tissue products containing alternative, non-tree fiber for its managed properties wherever possible.
The announcement was made from the offices of Unisource Canada, Inc. in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the products' distributor.
According to the company, Kimberly-Clark Professional is the first major tissue manufacturer to introduce products that contain alternative, non-tree fiber content to the North American market.
Unisource Canada is Canada's national single source distributor, operating 19 locations with over 1.7 million square feet of warehouse space from coast to coast. The company's inventory includes over 80,000 stock-keeping units of paper, printing, imaging, graphic arts, packaging and maintenance supplies and equipment. Privately held Unisource's international headquarters are in Norcross, GA.
The products will be provided by Kimberly-Clark Professional, which boasts the largest portfolio of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certified towel and tissue products in North America as well as offerings that include alternative, non-tree fibers.
"As one of Canada's premier commercial real estate management services providers, we feel it is our responsibility to provide sustainability leadership for our clients and their properties," said Ken Scott, Director of Vendor Management for Colliers' Canadian Real Estate Management Services division.
"We are deeply committed to sustainable business practices, environments and workplaces. This announcement is an exciting step forward in this journey."
Andrew Gustyn, Director of Sustainability - North America for Unisource Worldwide, said Unisource was "pleased to support Colliers in these efforts. One of our overriding commitments is to help lead our industry into a sustainable future.
"Our partnership with Kimberly-Clark Professional and the promotion of products containing rapidly renewable, non-tree fiber demonstrate Unisource's commitment to providing innovative solutions that help our customers' foster more sustainable development."
Available exclusively to the business-to-business marketplace, these products are part of an ambitious corporate-wide initiative aimed at accelerating the use of rapidly renewable, non-tree sources of fiber in Kimberly-Clark products.
Colliers' Canadian Real Estate Management Services division will be purchasing Kleenex and Scott brand towel and tissue products that will contain 20 percent non-tree fibers, including wheat straw and bamboo.
The company said these fibers both meet the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) definition of "rapidly renewable" fibers, meaning the materials regenerate themselves in less than 10 years.
"As global demand for the world's natural resources increases, it is critical that we find innovative ways to meet our customers' needs while reducing our Forest Fiber Footprint," said Howard Connell, Global Sustainability Leader for Kimberly-Clark Professional.
"Discovering new fiber streams and shifting the way we think about resource consumption, while delivering the same quality, performance and value, is one more step in these efforts. We applaud Colliers' decision to join us on this journey."