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Each week my Leaders are posted onto our Facebook page and the click-throughs, shares and other engagements give me a rough idea of the interest readers have in what I’m saying. Last week’s Leader performed particularly well and was shared more widely than usual. I’m hoping it’s because you agreed with my arguments and that my piece hasn’t been pounced upon by Extinction Rebellion activists who are organising for my house and car to be splattered with orange paint in protest against my comments! I do have friends and acquaintances who are supporters, so it is a possibility - and it’s through one of these contacts I’m hoping to be able to convince the powers that be that damaging the environment isn’t the way to go about their business. I hope I’m treading carefully enough.
If ever you feel strongly about any of the things I say – even if you disagree with me, please get in touch either via email or by commenting on Facebook. I’d love to be able to use these Leaders as a forum, so I can understand your views and perhaps explore new avenues that haven’t yet occurred to me. I promise not to include anything in Cleanzine without your prior permission! And this is not just for readers in the UK either, for although that’s where Cleanzine’s based (and where we thought our audience would be, when we launched 20 years ago) we soon learned that we had a fast-growing, global readership. It took us by surprise but perhaps it shouldn’t have done, bearing in mind the way the Internet has opened everything up and brought us all closer together. And while we as an industry face many of the same problems, using similar machinery and equipment from the same manufacturers and often the same cleaning methods, because of, say, different climates and cultures, there will be things we do differently. By sharing our news and views we can perhaps help one another to find a better way to tackle the job in hand.
I write this with the threat of strike action by thousands of public sector and NHS workers – and many others – looming its head over the UK. I sincerely hope this type of action isn’t something that goes global! Whether the strikes go ahead or whether money is found to meet the Unions’ demands, there will be huge repercussions for our industry. Facilities managers and those running cleaning companies must feel like corks bobbing around in a rough ocean. I feel for you!
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Swiss-based Sanitized AG is increasing its innovation expertise by appointing a new CTO, Dr Martin Čadek, who will oversee global technological activities for the specialist antimicrobial hygiene brand. Dr Čadek will lead the company's Competence Centre for Technology Innovation and will focus on breaking new ground to develop innovations in sustainability.
Dr Čadek is a graduate physicist with a Master's degree in polymer science with many years' experience in the industry working with polymers, fibres, industrial textiles and extruded polymers. He is joining Sanitized AG from his most recent role as managing director for German subsidiary the Flint Group. His previous roles include the global head of innovation for Energy and Polymer Systems at Evonik/Orion, the head of extrusion techn
“With the severe consequences of climate change becoming more apparent every year, many people across the world are gradually embracing a more eco-friendly mindset. Businesses are striving to play their part in safeguarding the planet.
The Chatham House Report concludes that changing hygiene behaviours can lead to better health, for the individual, the wider population, and the economy. Yet, even with the lessons from Covid-19, hygiene still struggles to gain political importance. Why?
A lack of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene, results not only in loss of dignity, safety, health and education, but also economic potential. It is at the heart of ‘human capital’, not only for the current working generation, but for generations to come.
A new national business network has launched with the aim of proposing a complete solution to abate harmful PM2.5 and PM10 particulate matter in industrial environments: 'Safebreath.net' was officially presented in Rimini during the recent Ecomondo Trade Fair.
The innovative entrepreneurial aggregation was created by three companies, leaders in their respective sectors: Idrobase Group (Borgoricco - Padua), MVT-Mion Ventoltermica (Maserada sul Piave - Treviso) and Sibilia (Castelletto Sopra Ticino - Novara).
He'd launched Dimplex Cleaning Machines in Europe many years ago and when the business subsequently closed, Bob Pownall, the biggest partner, bought the manufacturing rights and tooling, and set up Matrix Cleaning Systems along with his daughter Natalie, 'from the ashes'. Thus, a delighted Dennis has effectively 'rejoined' the business after 17 years away!
Recorra has been redefining waste management for almost 35-years. Launched by Friends of the Earth as a paper recycling initiative in 1988, Paper Round has been renamed Recorra to reflect the fact it now collects over 35 types of post-use material across the South East that can be reprocessed and given a useful second life.
The new name draws together the key elements of recycling, ecology and terra (the earth). It demonstrates Recorra's commitment to delivering Real Recycling: best-practice excellence, honest transparency, customer engagement in ecological issues, carbon reduction and continual social and environmental improvement.
More than six out of ten people in the UK want to see companies including contract cleaners act more sustainably - citing the use of recyclable packaging, less plastic, less waste, and mobilising renewable energy, as coming top of their wish list.
A study of 2,000 adults by British cleaning chemical brand, Delphis Eco, found 76 per cent felt sustainability and climate change were very important to them. But it also emerged 56 per cent of us feel too many businesses are 'greenwashing' for marketing purposes rather than in a concerted effort to make a real difference to the planet.
The first ever World Ventilation Day, (Tuesday 8th November) highlighted the growing public health crisis linked to poorly ventilated buildings with a series of international events demonstrating how good ventilation reduces exposure to deadly viruses and pollutants.
World Health Organisation child health advocate Rosamund Adoo Kissi-Debrah told an event organised by the Building Engineering Services Association that children will continue to die unless governments and the ventilation industry work together to address poor indoor air quality.
B-Spoke Hygiene Boards are designed specifically to meet all a customer's hygiene needs in one and are pre-treated to be completely anti-microbial.
Based in Wigan, TC Bibby & Sons launched in 1931 with managing director, Geoff Bibby, the third generation of Bibbys to steer the company. Geoff, along with all existing staff members, will remain with the company.
City West is a provider of premium quality services and supports some of the capital's best-known buildings and organisations. Customers include commercial and residential property managers, professional services companies and educational establishments.
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