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International News

Polygiene strengthens management with top recruitment

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Antimicrobial technology specialist Polygiene Group has just finalised the recruitment of Frank Stevens in the new position of chief operating officer in the company.

Frank has a long, solid career in the field of textile chemicals with over 30 years of experience in the industry. His most recent position was as general manager of textiles for Sciessent in the US, where he has worked for more than 10 years.

Why you have to pick up a calculator to dry your hands in a public washroom

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By Germán Muñoz, marketing director, Mediclinics S A

Juan Yuste works as a facilities manager in a large shopping centre in Madrid and as such is responsible for managing all the infrastructures and services of this macro-complex, with the aim of optimising all its resources.

In other words, he is responsible for managing the various areas of this large space designed for shopping and leisure in order to adapt them to the needs of the commercial hub's workers and customers, by solving technical problems, optimising resources and making improvements.

Demand for eco-friendly products and private label brands fuel hand hygiene markets globally

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ResearchAndMarkets.com's new Global Hand Hygiene Market report, predicts that the market will grow by $3.05 bn during 2022-2026, accelerating at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 7.73%, fuelled by demand for eco-friendly hand hygiene products and the growth of private label brands.

IAEE and GBAC add infection disease awareness education for events professionals

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The Global Biorisk Advisory Council and the International Association of Exhibitions & Events are expanding their partnership to include GBAC's Infection Disease Awareness course in IAEE's Certified in Exhibition Management Learning Program for exhibition and events professionals.

New products will help provide 'Washroom Dignity' for women

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Initial Washroom Hygiene has this week unveiled two innovations - the Signature Lite White Eco Mini and the Initial In Cubicle Period Dignity Dispenser - to help provide a dignified washroom experience for those who menstruate.

Nominations open for the 2022 Cintas C.A.P.E. Awards

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To recognise and honour exceptional Environmental Services technicians, Cintas Corporation is accepting nominations for its 2022 C.A.P.E. Awards (Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience) through 8th August 2022.

Gothenburg gets world's first hospital linen optical waste sorting system

Östra Sjukhuset, one of four sites that form Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden's largest university hospital, is setting the global standard in sustainable hospital waste and linen management after appointing Envac to install its optical linen sorting technology as part of a major modernisation programme.

Christeyns launches enzyme technology to reduce wastewater costs

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Christeyns, manufacturer of detergents and disinfectants for industrial laundries in Europe and across the world, has launched EPIC, an innovative detergent system. EPIC, Enzymatic Process Innovation by Christeyns, is based on enzyme technology that allows laundries to reduce their wastewater costs by 25%.

ISSA Pulire 2023 to open Pest management area

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ISSA Pulire Network and Sinergitech Soc. Coop, respectively organisers of the ISSA Pulire trade show and the Disinfestando event, are to create an area dedicated to pest management within one of the pavilions that will host the next edition of ISSA Pulire in Fiera Milano from 9th to 11th May 2023.

Bunzl acquires businesses in Germany and New Zealand

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Bunzl, the specialist international distribution and services Group, has entered into an agreement to acquire a cleaning & hygiene business in Germany and has completed the acquisition of a healthcare consumables business in New Zealand.

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I’m grateful that my daughters have managed to avoid the pressures put on young people these days, to use far too much make-up along with the almost-obligatory surgery to ‘correct’ any real or imagined imperfections, while spending fortunes on fast fashion so the outfits can show off the new body. It’s partly because of these views that I’ve not been drawn into the global Love Island phenomenon, since I’ve assumed that it represents much of what I dislike about the modern world. 
As a regular reader of the Waste & Resources Action Programme newsletter, I’ve started to wonder whether I’ve been overly judgmental though, since it was through this medium that I realised the producers of the dating show are trying to make a difference by encouraging folk to buy second hand clothes rather than new. Yes – thanks to a collaboration with eBay UK, this year’s British Islanders will be wearing pre-loved clothes sourced entirely through the online ‘exchange’ store. I did some digging and found a press release in which Jemma Tadd, head of fashion at eBay UK says: “The overwhelming response we’ve had to the initial announcement is testament to how much this change is needed, as well as the public appetite for this. We cannot wait to see all of the outfits come through on the show and remove any stigmas around pre-loved. We hope when people see this on the Islanders, it inspires them to either add a couple of pre-loved pieces to their wardrobes, or sell stuff they no longer use to keep things in circulation.”   
Although the programme’s only been running for a couple of weeks, the searches being made on eBay are already showing that this new initiative is making a difference with people seemingly coming to realise that there’s something to be proud of when buying second hand, in terms of both saving money and helping save the planet. I understand that not enough reference is being made on the programme by these young influencers though, that what they’re wearing isn’t new, and I hope that this can quickly be rectified so that maximum impact can be achieved before the series ends. 
If you’re wondering why this is so important to me, check out WRAP’s our 2017 report ‘Valuing Our Clothes: the cost of UK fashion’ – and then consider the global impact - at: https://wrap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-10/WRAP-valuing-our-clothes-the-cost-of-uk-fashion_WRAP.pdf



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This Week's News

New study by Sanitation & Water for All looks at changing external perceptions of water, sanitation and hygiene

* global-study-Water-Sanitation-Hygiene.jpgThe Sanitation & Water for All global partnership (SWA) has this week released the findings of a global study on external perceptions of water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as barriers to driving political prioritisation and investment.

Conducted by Browning Environmental Communications, the study gathered insights from 200 decision-makers across climate, health, human rights, humanitarian response and economic development sectors.

SOAPBOX: Back to normal? No thank you!

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“Following two years of upheaval, we constantly hear the desire to return to normality, but do we really want that? At the outbreak of the pandemic, it has to be said the cleaning industry was underprepared; cleaning processes were inadequate for the new challenges, and cleaning companies did not hold the necessary equipment to enable the creation of a safe environment. The cleaning industry quickly took stock, and rose to the task, but several problems remained.

We are major users of single-use plastics. As a consequence, our industry is a major contributor to this ongoing global catastrophe, so we have to ask ourselves if we are happy for this to continue? Plastic bottles should be returned to manufacturers for re-use.

Ecoserv Group introduces monitored waste management

* ECOSER-MONITORED-WASTE-MANAGEMENT.jpgEcoserv Group, the multi-discipline facilities management company, is launching a managed service to help customers meet their waste and recycling commitments. The company has partnered with GPT Waste to deliver a highly compliant and monitored waste management solution that will complement its existing cleaning, maintenance and sustainability offering.

"Waste management forms an integral part of any sustainability strategy, so companies need to take their waste and recycling responsibilities seriously if they are to effectively target net zero," explains Sally Ann Van Blerk, group sustainability director at Ecoserv Group.

ISS says mobile collaboration robots will automate cleaning tasks in canteens

* ISS-mobile-robot.jpgISS tells us its latest innovation project, FacilityCobot, is to develop a unique mobile robot that can relieve cleaning staff from repetitive or physically exhausting tasks. This solution will integrate a smart building sensor system with a human robot interface – allowing the robot to work efficiently side by side with cleaning staff in large open-space areas such as canteens and offices.

Mobile robots removing dirty dishes and empty bottles from canteen tables may become a normal sight in companies and public institutions in the near future.

Colop’s continued partnership with Microban International helps stamp out bacteria

* Microban-Colop-Antibacterial.jpgColop, an independent manufacturer of stamps and marking devices, is celebrating a decade of incorporating Microban antimicrobial technology into the handle, cap and index window of its Classic Line, Printer Line, Pocket and Children's stamps. These products are perfect for use in high-traffic environments, such as schools, healthcare facilities, offices and airports.

Growing consumer demand for smarter products that are protected against bacterial growth spurred Colop into creating an entirely new kind of stamp more than 10 years ago. The proven antimicrobial formulation from Microban is integrated into products at the stage of manufacture, and lasts for the stamp's expected lifetime.

New report reveals domestic services businesses are among the most AI-savvy

A new report from Yell that focuses on the growing potential of using AI in business has revealed the impressive time-, money- and effort-savings companies around the world could stand to make, especially when it comes to the domestic services world.

With data showing that AI in some form is already used in 83% of UK businesses, Yell's report delves into more detail about this rapidly evolving technology. By using insight gained from extensive surveys with consumers and business leaders, the findings help to shine a light on current attitudes towards AI and the benefits to large and small businesses.

Launch event for 'Beyond Cleaning' - DOC cleaning's sustainability strategy

* DOC-Beyond-Cleaning.jpgOver 100 staff, customers, suppliers and professional partners gathered at Fora in London's Spitalfields Market to mark the launch of DOC Cleaning's long term sustainability strategy - Beyond Cleaning.

The event was organised to showcase DOC's work on sustainability to date and to outline a variety of initiatives under the headline ‘Our vision is to empower everyone we connect with to take positive action for the planet and society’.

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Recent UK News

Tennant UK raises over £10,000 for MNDA

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In March 2021 Tennant UK launched the Walk for Webby campaign to raise £10,000 for the Motor Neurone disease Association in support of their colleague Kevin Webb who was diagnosed with MND in February 2021.

Cleanology goes national in major new expansion drive

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Award-winning commercial cleaning contractor Cleanology is bringing its sustainable and ethical approach from London, to the rest of the country.

After 20 years servicing the capital and nearly 10 years in Manchester, Cleanology is forging ahead with new hubs across the Midlands, Scotland and the South-West. Now working in 14 cities across the UK, national clients include a well-known electric vehicle manufacturer and a number of leading national chains.

Sustainably reducing, reusing & recycling electrical equipment

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Sustainability is at the centre of public discussion. In 2022, world leaders gathered at COP26, deciding that greenhouse gas emissions need to see a reduction of 45% by 2030 and net-zero will be achieved by 2050.

Government-backed campaign aims to alleviate logistics issues

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The logistics industry took a decisive step yesterday to address the industry's long-term recruitment and staff retention issues, with the launch of a major new awareness and recruitment campaign, Generation Logistics.

Jangro shows support for The Trussell Trust

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Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, is proud to announce that it is supporting The Trussell Trust as its chosen charity this year. All 47 members in its network have started collecting foods and other essentials and have been dropping them off to their local food banks across the country.

Reckitt distributes 10,000 bottles of hand sanitiser to Platinum Jubilee celebration crowds

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Reckitt, appointed Official Hygiene Partner of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant last month, has revealed that Dettol Pro Solutions, Dettol's business-to-business offering, distributed more than 10,000 bottles of hand sanitiser and installed over 100 hand sanitiser dispensers across the celebration weekend and also distributed hygiene kits for all volunteers, staff and attendees

Sodexo celebrates its dedicated frontline colleagues whose vital work helps hospitals run smoothly

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Yesterday, the first ever National Healthcare Estates & Facilities Day showcased the hundreds of thousands of committed people behind the scenes, carrying out non-medical frontline work in healthcare. Says enthusiastic participant Sodexo Healthcare:

Former intern Craig Bowman becomes Kimberly-Clark Professional’s general manager, UK & Ireland

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Kimberly-Clark Professional has appointed Craig Bowman as general manager for the UK & Ireland - 14 years after he started at the global giant as an intern on an industrial placement from university.

Talented employees reach lofty heights

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Principle Cleaning Services prides itself on recognising and rewarding talent - hence the promotion of the window cleaning division's Fabio Silva and Pawel Kochan, to the positions of general manager.

Events & Exhibitions

AHCP National Forum
7-9th September 2022

Cleaning Show
4-7th October 2022

Cleantex Africa
12-14th October 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa

CleanNZ Expo
25-26th October 2022

Interclean China 2022
23-25th November 2022

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