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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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With 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:
Jo 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.
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“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.
A 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:
Corded 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, 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.
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.
The second winner of Caerphilly County Borough Council's Mash for Cash campaign has been announced, as Alan Matthews from Pontlottyn.
During 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.
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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