Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE KOHLER WasteLAB?
Kohler WasteLAB will create high-value products and services out of industrial wastes, serving as a catalyst for how Kohler understands the material resources used in our processes.
WHAT DOES KOHLER DO WITH THE REST OF ITS WASTE?
Kohler’s Environment Health and Safety group has participated in Beneficial Reuse Programs for decades, reducing and recycling waste where possible and making it available for use in roadbeds and other construction projects, and as a component in outdoor furniture, countertops and other composite products. What is left goes to Kohler owned and operated landfills.
ARE PRODUCTS FROM THE WasteLAB AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE?
Our first batch of tiles should be available for purchase from Ann Sacks in 2019.
CAN PEOPLE TOUR THE WasteLAB?
The WasteLAB is a new kind of factory where learning and collaboration is paramount. Each person brings their passions, skills and drive to make a difference in the world as we progress our understanding of what it means to be a manufacturer, and as we redefine business, production and craftsmanship. Tours will be offered selectively for those interested in partnering with Kohler or learning how to reuse their own industrial waste materials.
DOES THE WasteLAB PARTNER WITH OTHER MANUFACTURERS OR ARTISTS?
The WasteLAB opened in July 2017 and is just beginning to make connections with potential manufacturing and design partners. The team is tapping into the expertise of designers and operations associates from across Kohler and is looking to make connections beyond the Kohler walls. The Ann Sacks marketing and sales teams are actively consulting on tile patterns and designs that will appeal to the brand’s discerning customers and are working with the Waste Lab team to plan for a market launch in 2019.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
To connect with the team to suggest new product ideas or explore partnership opportunities, email us using the online form below.