*Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 24th November 2022 Issue no. 1042

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International News

Vectair Systems launches Vibe Pro

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Vectair Systems, a leading innovator, manufacturer and supplier of aircare and hygiene products worldwide, has launched the Vibe Pro aircare dispenser - its newest innovation in the aircare evolution.

ISSA and Staples form national distribution partnership program

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ISSA has formed a new distribution partner program with business equipment and stationery giant Staples. Together, ISSA and Staples will elevate the cleaning industry by hosting training and certification programs at Staples training facilities across the US.

Sanitized AG appoints Dr Martin Čadek as CTO of its Competence Centre for Technology & Innovation

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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.

Be honest, don't greenwash: four responsible changes to make your business greener…

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The Commercial LPG division at Flogas, looks at some of the ways in which you can ditch greenwashing and search, instead, for responsible changes and solutions.

Why does hygiene still struggle to gain political importance?

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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?

Italian business network safebreath.net aims to reduce particulate matter PM2.5 AND PM10 in industrial environments

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.

ISSA Charities going for record-breaking GivingTuesday

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ISSA Charities, the charitable arm of ISSA, is gearing up to break donation records for this year's GivingTuesday campaign. GivingTuesday contributions will provide financial assistance to ISSA Charities' three signature programs: Cleaning for a Reason, ISSA Hygieia Network, and ISSA Scholars.

ISSA Show North America 2022 sees strong increase in attendance

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The ISSA Show North America 2022 welcomed more than 11,000 cleaning industry professionals to McCormick Place in Chicago, a 10% increase over last year's event in Las Vegas.

Hand drying is crucial but the options on offer are failing us

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Writes Dr Salomé Giao, lead scientist at Dyson:

Every year, Global Handwashing Day champions and campaigns for the critical importance of regular hand washing with soap. The message is a simple one: hand washing can help prevent disease transmission.

NFSI hosts international symposium on slip, trip, and fall prevention

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The National Floor Safety Institute will host its second International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention on September 25th - 26th, 2023, at the Hurst Convention Center in Hurst, Texas.

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Over the 20 years we've been broadcasting Cleanzine, I've occasionally written about our world’s coastlines and beaches - generally when I've received press information regarding individual countries' performances in terms of keeping these areas clean, hygienic and safe for the general public. And it’s pleased me that Britain has boasted some of the cleanest beaches and waters in the world. Not so now though, with reports surfacing this year of almost wanton devastation caused by persistent flouting of the regulations, by water companies pumping enormous volumes of untreated sewage into our seas along with storm overflows. Surfers Against Sewage released its latest Water Quality Report at midnight. It makes damning – and frightening - reading. In response, a spokesperson at Water UK, (www.water.org.uk) said:

"Companies agree there is an urgent need to tackle storm overflows. They are set to launch one of the country's largest ever infrastructure programmes, which, if approved by regulators, will deliver £56bn of improvements for our rivers and seas. To accelerate progress further, we need Government to end housing developers' uncontrolled connections to sewers without first knowing their capacity, and to end the flushing of wet wipes made from materials that cause blockages and fatbergs. Both are major causes of sewer overloading and spills. We also need Government to implement existing legislation, to increase the use of sustainable drainage systems on new developments as a means of reducing the volume of rainwater entering the sewer system."

Publicity over the damage the flushing of wet wipes can inflict has been pretty emphatic but the message clearly isn’t getting across to consumers. Should our industry be leading the way perhaps by flooding our various domestic markets with sensibly priced and clearly labelled flushable wet wipes - or isn’t this viable? And can we do more, as individuals who know about these things, to educate our families and friends on the hazards of flushing wet wipes and pouring fats, oils and grease into our toilets and sinks? I’m well aware from conversations I’ve had, that most people are blissfully unaware of the issues.

Surfers Against Sewage says that untreated sewage has been poured into the UK's bathing waters 5,504 times this Summer, and that while water companies are only allowed to discharge sewage in 'extreme rainfall' conditions, it’s found evidence of potential illegal activity where they've been dumping raw sewage when there's no rain. Do please read the report at https://sas.org.uk/waterquality2022/introduction/introduction/#top and help spread the word.



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This Week's News

Entry deadline extended for Metsä Tissue 2023 Sustainability Awards

* Metsa_Cutty-Sark.jpgAt the request of people preparing their entries and needing more time in which to do so, Metsä Tissue has extended the submission date for its upcoming Sustainability Awards to 23rd December 2022, so if you’ve been toying with the idea of entering but didn’t feel you’d be able to do yourself justice within the initial timescale, now’s your chance to shine!

These Awards are free to enter.

Planned fuel duty increase will stifle economy, says Logistics UK

* Fuel-pumps.jpgA proposed 23% increase in fuel duty, which equates an additional 12p per litre of petrol or diesel at the pumps, hidden in the content of last week's Office of Budgetary Responsibility Report on Fiscal Responsibility, would be a body blow to the logistics industry if introduced, according to the business group which represents the sector.

david wells obe, chief executive of Logistics UK, which represents 20,000 members from all sectors of the industry, is alarmed that a proposal of such significance was not discussed in the Chancellor's fiscal statement made in the House of Commons earlier, and is concerned about the potential impact of its introduction:

Phillips 66 Deploys Autonomous Cleaning Robots

* Phillips-66-Cleaning-Robot.jpgPhillips 66 is partnering with floor cleaning equipment and technology company ICE Cobotics to enable branded Phillips 66, Conoco, 76, and Phillips 66 Aviation locations to utilise Ice Cobotics Cobi 18 autonomous floor scrubbers.

Cobi 18 robots are designed to clean 5,000sq.ft - 7,000sq.ft of floorspace per hour and can be deployed multiple times per day to clean floors.

Essity and Reckitt launch bespoke co-branded professional hygiene solutions

* Essity-Reckitt.jpgEssity and Reckitt have announced the launch of a range of co-branded disinfection products for professional hygiene customers combining the power of their Tork, Dettol and Sagrotan brands across four countries in Europe.

This collaboration combines the scale and experience of Essity's trusted professional hygiene brand Tork with the well-known consumer recognition of Dettol and Sagrotan brands of Reckitt. The products will give professional hygiene customers added value from two widely trusted and efficacious brands. The new range will be available as of January 2023 across the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria.

Putting mental health first

* Andrew-Poku_Samsic.jpegAndrew Safo Poku, HR director at facilities management specialist Samsic UK, examines how the company's innovative approach to mental health is delivering significant benefits across the business:

"Mental health has become a major talking point, not just in business but in many other walks of life. So often invisible until it is too late, poor mental health can take many forms - and its effects can be significant and long-term.

Say what you mean and mean what you say in business…

* Ennovamark.jpgWrites Matt Wonnacott, founder of Ennovamark - a new agency created to help aircare, hygiene and washroom technology brands and businesses develop effective innovations and marketing strategies. Matt’s two decades of experience in the industry, enables him to support clients with outstanding and truly innovative ideas - both for branding and products.

“Make good of your word… one of the most important life lessons I was taught and something I hang my hat on. Yet recently, has talk become ‘cheap' in business and culture?

2022 Cintas SHINE Award honours housekeepers who go above and beyond

* 2022-Cintas-Shine.jpgCintas Corporation has announced the grand-prize winner and runners-up in the 2022 Cintas SHINE (Star Housekeepers in a New Era) Award. Christine Perkins, a housekeeper at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cedar City in Cedar City, Utah, won the contest's $5,000 cash grand prize.

Additionally, her property will receive a comprehensive product, training and consultation package from Cintas and its contest partners.

The best ways to boost hygiene in the workplace over the Winter season

* Winter-hygiene.jpgWorkplace hygiene has never been more important. With the UK set to face a cold Winter - especially considering the soaring price of gas and electricity bills - it is imperative that workspaces and offices have measures in place to limit the spread of infections.

And with evidence suggesting the Northern Hemisphere is on course for a surge of Covid-19 cases this Winter, any additional facilities or policies to protect yourself and your colleagues will be welcomed.

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Recent UK News

BCC calls for entire cleaning sector to consider paying a real Living Wage

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To mark Living Wage Week, (which is this week) the British Cleaning Council has renewed its call for cleaning & hygiene sector businesses and organisations to consider also becoming real Living Wage Employers.

Tackling a toxic timebomb

Cigarette butts account for 66% of all litter and can be found in every corner Great Britain - on our streets, in our countryside, our parks and beaches, our waterways and, finally, in the sea.

Partnership to create 10 new hard-to-recycle plastics recycling facilities across UK

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Clean Planet Energy has this week announced a new joint venture with private equity firm Crossroads Real Estate to fund Clean Planet Energy's flagship ecoPlant currently under construction in Teesside, North East England.

Completing the Matrix

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When Dennis Goodwin took up his position as global sales manager at Matrix Cleaning Systems recently, it must have felt a bit like 'coming home'. Why?

Can your contract cleaning business do more for the environment?

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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.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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