Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 15th September 2022 Issue no. 1032
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First carbon footprint audit produced for Toucan Eco reveals low CO2 emissions
Clean on the road - Focus on Mobility Cleaning at CMS Berlin
Greenteck Global agrees exclusive distribution deal with Alliance Scotland
Maintenance Cleaning - the benefits
Industry veteran Carlos Reinoso joins ETS Board
Touch-free, hygienic and water-saving: The right tap for every washbasin
Indian government to step up enforcement to eradicate sewer cleaning deaths
New software launched for BrightLogic laundry range and Levels mode
Ecoray can help with infection control during Covid-19 and beyond
Lead time on popular Brightwell Modular dispensers reduced to only 10 days
UMF Corporation introduces Sticky Particle Roller for hospitality
Rustins acquires Peek premium polish portfolio
Welcome to the Cleanzine
In light of the recent sad news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll last week, the decision’s been taken – quite rightly of course - to postpone Recycle Week 2022, which had been scheduled for next week. The organisers are working to draw up a new date which I’m hoping won’t be too far ahead, because Recycle Week is the one week of the year where retailers, brands, waste management companies, trade associations, governments and the media come together to achieve one goal: to galvanise the public into recycling more of the right things, more often – and it makes a huge and important difference to our awareness and our behaviour throughout the rest of the year.
The eyes of the world have been on the UK since events surrounding the loss of such an inspirational global figure as Her Majesty first started unfolding almost a week ago. TV coverage has been continuous, giving those outside of these lands a glimpse of areas they probably don’t normally see. In my household the TV’s been on in the background as we’ve worked, and we’ve dipped in and out as and when we’ve felt the need. And perhaps because I’ve been part of this industry for so long, I’ve not only looked at the proceedings, the awe-inspiring ceremony, the historic buildings and the faces; but I’ve also looked at the background and have noted that the streets and green spaces appear, unusually, to have been rubbish-free. Is this because the cleaning crews have been working overtime to ensure everything’s perfect or are the locals perhaps being more respectful of our environment, because of the sad turn of events?
I recall taking my then young children up to the funeral of Diana, our previous Princess of Wales. They slept on the street outside Westminster Abbey the night prior to the funeral and made frequent trips to the washrooms. I subsequently wrote about how clean and rubbish-free everything had been and in particular, how perfectly-maintained and well-stocked the public toilets – both permanent and temporary – had been throughout. It will be interesting to see if this level of cleanliness and collective respect for one another and our environment will be matched over the days leading to the State Funeral on Monday and whether the ‘coming together’ of so many different parts of our various communities for such a momentous occasion will galvanise all those who attend, to be more aware of the need to ‘leave no trace’ in the future.
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This Week's News
APPG inquiry postponed following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II... New date to be set for inquiry by the APPG for the Cleaning & Hygiene Industry
The remaining two sessions of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Cleaning & Hygiene Industry inquiry into the role of cleaning & hygiene during the pandemic have been postponed following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The APPG inquiry, which is entitled 'Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK', held its first session on Tuesdayof last week and was due to hold the final two meetings on the next two Tuesdays, September 13th and September 20th.
Employees continue to struggle with stress, while awareness and utilisation of wellbeing programs in the workplace remains low
While employees across Europe and the US continue to report high levels of stress, a surprising percentage do not take full advantage of their workplace's wellbeing initiatives, despite employers' continued prioritisation of these programs.
This was just one of the findings in the ‘2022 Alight International Workforce and Wellbeing Mindset Study’, which surveyed 10,000 employees from the US, the UK, France, Germany and The Netherlands.
Researchers develop plastic film that can kill viruses using room lights
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, have developed a groundbreaking plastic film that can kill viruses which land on its surface, with room light. This breakthrough could lead to a significant reduction in the transmission of viruses in healthcare environments but also in other settings that uses plastic films - for example, food production factories.
The self-sterilising film is said to be the first of its kind - it is low cost to produce, can be readily scaled and could be used for disposable aprons, tablecloths and curtains in hospitals. It is coated with a thin layer of particles that absorb UV light and produce reactive oxygen species - ROS. These kill viruses, including SARS2.
Microban launches Refresh: a patent-pending odour capture technology that is completely metal free
Microban International has introduced Refresh - its newest, patent-pending, sustainable odour capture technology that is completely metal free. This innovative technology is proven to reduce odours by up to 93% on polyester and polyester-rich blends, even after 30 launderings.
Microban is a global leader in antimicrobial and odour control technology, and has developed Refresh as part of its ongoing dedication to sustainable textiles manufacturing. This patent-pending formula is designed to address the needs of both manufacturers and users, by providing an effective solution to tackle permastink without relying on traditional heavy metal chemistries.
Nexaro's new industrial cleaning robot vacuum system increases efficiency while saving money
Rising wages, a glaring shortage of labour and the stigma of a supposedly unattractive profession: the industrial cleaning industry is undergoing a profound transformation that makes the use of new technological approaches more necessary than ever.
Today, autonomous or semi-autonomous cleaning machines and their digital control are already an integral part of tenders from numerous clients. The greatest potential is offered by robotic systems that complement traditional cleaning services and allow flexible use so that operating times and cleaning priorities can be adapted to customer needs.
Oxwash cleans up with £10 million Series A and becomes B Corp certified
Oxwash, the UK's first sustainable on-demand laundry and wet-cleaning startup, has raised £10 million in its latest funding round as it sets out to grow its nationwide footprint of its greener state-of-the-art washing process.
Brainchild of ex-NASA scientist and Forbes's Europe's 30 under 30 alumni, Dr Kyle Grant (31) and Oxford engineer Tom de Wilton (32) in 2017, the startup also unveils its global certification of B Corporation status, the only laundry and wet-cleaning company in the world that meets exacting standards of environmental, social responsibility and transparency, according to the company's statement.
Jangro celebrates two years of Planet Mark certification
Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial distributors in the UK and Ireland, has achieved its second year of being Planet Mark certified.
This renewal means that the company has been successful in reducing its carbon emissions by at least 5% over the past 12 months. In fact, in the latest reporting period (1st Jan 2021 – 31st Dec 2021), emission sources including electricity, natural gas, water, fleet, business travel, waste and paper were reduced by 6.9% per employee.
How Silu Wellness Centre has created a feeling of 'zen' with the Vectair Sensamist
Silu Wellness is a state-of-the-art wellness centre located in Peterborough, UK. Silu brings the latest innovations in fitness, physical health, mental wellbeing, nutrition and holistic therapies to the East of England, offering classes such as dynamic hot yoga, body combat, pilates, body pump, circuits and meditation. It also offers wellness services including osteopathy, reflexology, hypnotherapy and massage.
The ethos at Silu Wellness is to make its members and patients feel great, every day. The staff there believe that to get the best out of life customers should feel fit, happy and energised. They were looking for a fresh, energising scent system to help create a feeling of 'zen', relaxation and positivity.
It's not only students going to school this September; many schools & colleges across the UK are also employing Abbee robots to contribute to the net zero pledge, enthuse students and support cleaning staff.
NESCol, North East Scotland's largest provider of vocational education and training, has introduced a fleet of Abbee cleaning robots following extensive trials & testing.
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Recent UK News
In its factory on the edge of Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, cleaning chemical manufacturer Greyland Limited is enjoying the best run in the company’s history. While many businesses are still reeling from the COVID years, Greyland weathered the storm of lockdowns and restrictions only to find that the appetite for their wide range of cleaning chemical solutions continues to grow unabated.
Dawsongroup unveils new name to reflect significant fleet diversification
Cleanology secures contract for Europe's largest car showroom
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MPs to begin major inquiry into pandemic cleaning & hygiene
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Cleaning & Hygiene Industry will commence the much-needed review, entitled 'Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK', on September 6th with the aim of producing a report with policy recommendations which will feed into the national UK Covid-19 Inquiry.
Specialist hygiene company achieves Zero Waste to Landfill as sustainable initiatives take hold
By working in partnership with ACM Environmental, the firm has achieved exceptional environmental performance with Zero Waste to Landfill in 2020, 2021 and on target for 2022.
Crieff Hydro becomes first Scottish hotel group to switch to Greenteck Global's 100% Natural Cleaning Solutions
Principle Windows announced as UK's second largest operator
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ICE continues partnership with OCS for a further five years
Biovate Hygienics launches new catering ranges with Bidfood
Pinnacle Group reappointed to cleaning contract for 600+ council owned facilities
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