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International News

Research Award recognises interactions of surfactants with biomimetic Membranes

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Research that could be used for screening and developing new detergents based on biomimetic membranes has been recognised as the best Paper published in 2021 in the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents.

Aeras returns to sanitise and clean Churchill Downs for Kentucky Derby

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Spectators and jockeys chomping at the bit for the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby will have a clean and safe experience thanks to Pittsburgh-based drone technology company Aeras.

ACI's Kathleen Stanton appointed to key US Trade Advisory Committee on chemicals

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athleen Stanton, associate vice president, technical & international affairs at the American Cleaning Institute, has been appointed to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health/Science Products and Services (ITAC 3).

New sanitiser formula to significantly cut carbon footprint

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Pioneering environmental science research company, Genesis Biosciences, has unveiled an enhanced formulation of one of its core cleaning products which further increases the product's sustainability credentials while cutting the company's carbon footprint.

Leading with less: recycled single use wipe delivers superior mechanical cleaning performance, sustainably

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New r-MicronSolo is Vileda Professional's single use cleaning cloth made from 35% recycled materials. Due to its advanced micronfibre technology, it offers effective and rapid cleaning of high-risk areas.

Ecological cleaning brand wins Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development

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Delphis Eco has been honoured for the first time with a prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development. Incredibly, this is over and above the two Royal Warrants Delphis Eco holds from HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales.

ISSA announces alliance with FENASEO to support Colombian cleaning industry

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ISSA has announced a new alliance with Federación Nacional de Empresas de Aseo y Afines, a non-profit organisation promoting cooperation and growth for building service contractors and related industries in Colombia. Beginning 1st May, FENASEO's BSC members will become ISSA members for the following year.

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All the large cleaning shows I’ve ever attended have staged innovation awards and I’ve often wondered how the designers manage to keep coming up with ideas on how to improve on technology which already seemed to have been perfected several tweaks back. Occasionally John Austen and I have come up with and broadcast our own awards at these events – not because we disagree with the judges but because sometimes things have struck us as being really clever and perhaps those responsible haven’t thought about entering the awards at all - either because they don’t feel they’ll stand a chance of winning or because they don’t have the manpower to produce the entry or have the budget for the entry fee.

An innovation I feel is worth of a mention today is Interclean Amsterdam’s ‘Zero Waste Dome’ – something I’ve never come across before. Sited in the Innovation Lab amongst all the Awards finalists, it offers, through presentations from experts in the field of waste separation, a great way for us all to learn about the crucial role those involved in cleaning, play in the waste management process. Developed in cooperation with the ZeroWasteFoundation, it teaches how, if you’re to maximise recycling potential, you need pure, rather than contaminated, 'raw material' flows: that each flow must be separated pure, kept pure and presented pure for collection and onward transportation to whichever part of the recycling industry it is destined, if the most is to be made out of everyone’s efforts. It demonstrates the crucial role our cleaning teams play in this process… Since they’re active throughout the company and all its nooks and crannies, they’re in the perfect position to be able to observe waste separation with an analytical eye and thus should be able to actively contribute to the optimisation and expansion of the recycling process.

Years ago I argued the case for cleaners to be involved in the procurement process in as much as, being ‘at the sharp end’, (fully aware of the problems that needed tackling and being responsible for dealing with those problems) they would know what equipment/products/processes worked well and what didn’t, as well as what was simple to use. I saw many virtually unused pieces of equipment in cleaning cupboards, left idle because either they didn’t properly serve their purpose or because they were awkward to handle. Had the cleaners been involved in trialling the equipment a lot of expensive mistakes could have been avoided. The Zero Waste Dome, I believe, is an extension of this idea and is all about using the cleaners’ invaluable experience and potentially valuable input, to the full. We need more of this please.



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This Week's News

Innovation at Interclean Amsterdam

* Innovation-lab.jpgWith Interclean Amsterdam 2022 in full swing (final day tomorrow), Show visitors have been able to visit the Innovation Lab and take a close look at the entries that made the shortlist in this year's Innovation Awards. They are:

Sustainability and the cleaning industry

* CHSA-SUSTAINABILITY-WEBINAR.jpgJo Fairly, co-founder of the ethical, luxury chocolate brand Green & Black's, is to speak at the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association webinar, where she will share her experience of building a successful business on an ethical foundation.

Sustainability is one of the biggest issues facing our sector and it is one of the most complex. Identifying the right way forward and making the most environmentally and ethically sustainable choices is challenging, particularly as CHSA members respond to day-to-day commercial pressures.

Five ways distributors can turn new customers into steady customers

* Michael-Wilson_Afflink.jpgMichael Wilson, vice president of AFFLINK, a leading US national network of manufacturers and distributors, writes…

“Distributors are in again. Before the pandemic, many cleaning contractors and facility managers purchased items from online mega-stores. However, all too often, those items turned out to be ineffective, costly, and in many cases, made things worse.

Global citric acid market to grow

* Citrus.jpgA new report by ResearchandMarkets.com reports that the global citric acid market "is expected to witness a significant growth rate" through 2027. Often used in cleaning products, this white, crystalline, water-soluble, tricarboxylic acid is derived, primarily, from limes and lemons. This makes it a very sustainable natural resource.

Over the decades, citric acid has been used in several products and in a diverse group of industries, including the following:

Monovac BeFree: the cordless dry vacuum cleaner with the ‘magic’ handle

* Wetrok-magic-vac.jpgCorded vacuum cleaners can be inconvenient: tripping hazards, lack of sockets, time wasted unplugging and plugging in elsewhere, tangled cables… All are a thing of the past with the new Monovac BeFree cordless vacuum cleaner.

Moving freely around the room ensures a free, unencumbered feeling for those tasked with dry vacuum cleaning - and this is reflected in the efficiency. While cleaners vacuum around 20 rooms in 45 minutes with a conventional cable vacuum cleaner, the Monovac BeFree can be used to vacuum 30 rooms.

Jangro's ntrl range verified by The Vegan Society

J* Jangro-Vegan-Society-Trademark.jpgangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, tells us that ntrl, its innovative range of natural cleaning products, is registered with The Vegan Society's Vegan Trademark.

An internationally recognised standard, The Vegan Society's Vegan Trademark certifies that all products registered are free of all animal use, in ingredients and testing.

More safety, better health: Basotect as sound absorber in innovative air filters

* More-safety.jpgGerman air purification specialist UVCclean now uses the BASF melamine resin foam Basotect as a sound absorber in its mobile airtubeUVC air filter systems.

These filters use UV-C technology to lower the concentration of aerosols that transmit bacteria, spores and viruses such as the Coronavirus in the air.

Caerphilly County Borough's second £500 winner announced

* caerphilly.jpegThe second winner of Caerphilly County Borough Council's Mash for Cash campaign has been announced, as Alan Matthews from Pontlottyn.

Proven during pandemic, pioneering technology now expanding

* Disinfection-Robot.jpgDuring the Covid-19 breakout, Audite Robotics used its pioneering hybrid UVC air and surface disinfection robot technology to deal with the pandemic in Spain, where it was implemented into different private and public facilities.

Now the Danish company is in the process of implementing and testing the robot at one of the biggest hospitals in the United Arab Emirates.

Goodway Technologies awarded 2022 State and Regional Exporter of the Year

* Goodway-Technologies.jpgThe US Small Business Administration Connecticut District has announced Goodway Technologies as the Small Business Week 2022 Exporter of the Year for the New England Region and Connecticut.

This award honours the 55 plus years the company has been a leader in manufacturing and distributing innovative technology-driven maintenance cleaning and sanitation solutions around the globe.

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Recent UK News

SOAPBOX: The rising cost of raw materials and energy

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The rising cost of raw materials and energy is creating a perfect opportunity for unscrupulous providers of cleaning & hygiene products, writes Lorcan Mekitarian, chair of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association

The importance of maintaining high standards in a cleaning business

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Hygiene and cleanliness have never been so important to us all, but it was the pandemic that highlighted the growing awareness we have for the need to keep our indoor environments clean.

Local litter picks highlight litter still a big issue

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A shameful statistic from Ted Talk 'Plastic Rehab' shows that over 80% of litter in Britain has been discarded purposefully; litter that costs around £500 million every year to clean up. Cromwell Polythene is continuing to play its part in Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean - even during the pandemic with socially-distanced litter picks.

Mitie showcases latest innovation with launch of Cleaning & Hygiene Centre of Excellence

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Mitie has launched a new Cleaning an&d Hygiene Centre of Excellence in Birmingham to showcase the latest products and service innovations in the cleaning industry. Featuring a broad range of science and technology, the Centre demonstrates how the Science of Service can ensure the highest cleaning standards, while limiting the impact the sector has on the environment.

Incentive FM creates smiles & breathes kindness at Cribbs Causeway

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Incentive FM has won a new three-year contract with CBRE at Cribbs Causeway, one of the South West of England’s premier shopping destinations.

Ex-Rainbow International MD joins Clearway as group sales director

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The Clearway Group has appointed Ex-Rainbow International managing director Nick Revell to the position of UK group sales director, which means he will take overall responsibility for the growth leadership of all of the Group’s UK business units.

Waste crime in England becomes more lucrative

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Government does not have the data it needs to assess the scale of waste crime in England, and the incentives for criminals to enter the waste market have increased, according to a report by the National Audit Office, published yesterday.

Council pairs safety app with wearable V.BTTN device to protect lone workers

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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, a local authority in County Durham, has partnered with lone worker safety specialist StaySafe, to ensure that lone working employees can get help in an emergency at the push of a button through the StaySafe Lone Worker app on their mobile devices, or via the wearable V.BTTN device.

Cleanology joins Living Wage leadership group

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Cleanology CEO Dominic Ponniah has joined the Living Wage Foundation's Recognised Service Provider (RSP) Leadership Group. The group acts to encourage wider take-up of fair pay, and to make the accreditation scheme more effective.

Incentive FM renews contract with Royal Shakespeare Company

Incentive FM has renewed its contract with the Royal Shakespeare Company - the world's best-known theatre company. Everything the RSC does begins at its workshops and theatres, situated in the historical destination of Stratford-Upon-Avon, before being shared around the world.

Principle Cleaning Services helps charity with Hyde Park fun run

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Congratulations to the Principle Cleaning Services team members who took part in a fun run in London's Hyde Park this week, to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.

The event was organised by the contractor's client, global asset management firm Alliance Bernstein, which has raised more than £99,300 over the last few years and is looking to reach the £100,000 milestone this year.


Events & Exhibitions

Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
2nd edition


7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


ISSA Show North America
13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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