Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 9th February 2023 Issue no. 1051
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Visitor Registrations are open for ISSA Pulire 2023
Registration is open for ISSA Pulire 2023, the international trade fair dedicated to the professional cleaning and sanitation sector, which is taking place at Fiera Milano, Italy, from 9th to 11th May.
Aimed at cleaning professionals, manufacturers, distributors, service and facilities management companies, users and end customers, the event will showcase the best in professional cleaning, disinfestation, laundry, integrated services and maintenance.
Strategic distribution deal takes Polygiene into booming Asian market
SUPA produces plastic-free paper bottles for laundry and washing up liquids
Goodway Technologies promotes Evan Reyes to global sanitation solution sales lead
WFBSC announces Global Executive Summit roster of speakers
Greenteck Global to increase European production as part of ongoing sustainability advances
Sustainability tops most important customer demands for cleaning businesses in 2023
ASFEL continues to build on export growth
Vectair welcomes Claire Reid as head of marketing innovation & portfolio management
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My mother used to enjoy me watching TV with her but because of her dementia, I needed to be mindful of programme choice. The BBC’s ‘The Repair Shop’ was always a good one and she’d often sit smiling at the wonders worked with ordinary people’s broken treasures by the various repair experts. I don’t know if it was the programme that inspired them or whether the BBC uncovered a growing trend, but ‘repair cafés’ are popping up all over, and – as someone who’s long been worried about the ‘civilised’ world’s ease of condemning items to landfill that could with a bit of effort and imagination either be repaired or repurposed at a much lower cost than replacement – I love the idea.
My friend Martin's involved in setting one up in Portsmouth and his Facebook post asking for crowdfunding (https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/portsmouth) showed me that other friends are already using similar facilities in their own areas. One, whose son’s electric blanket failed, took it to her local ‘repair café: “Every third Saturday, you can take anything in, and lovely people volunteer their time to fix things,” she wrote. “You’ve got to get there early as there are long queues.” So clearly, there’s a demand for the services these places offer then… In this case, the repair took just a few minutes. A small donation was made and some cake bought from the café part. “Hooray for volunteers who love fixing. And those who run it. It’s superb!” said my friend. “They also sell tasty cakes. I convince myself that buying cakes is a way of donating. And knowing it was a broken thermal resistor in our case - and that it was easy and inexpensive to sort - will encourage others with a similar problem to seek a repair rather than send to landfill.”
Like most of my friends, I hate the throwaway society we've become and feel this is partly down to us not having been taught how things work & how to repair them if they fail, plus a lack of affordable repair options. Repair cafés are the perfect answer. I wonder whether this is just a British thing (please let me know if you’re reading this in one of the 160-ish non-British countries in which Cleanzine is received and there are repair cafés nearby). I also wonder whether there’s any mileage in teaching customers – perhaps by allowing them to watch the repair of their own items – how to mend things for themselves, or whether there’s perhaps an option for those who want to learn to repair, to spend entire days in the facility observing how things are done? Small steps…
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This Week's News
Innovation driver CMS Berlin under new project management
From 19th through 22nd September 2023, the cleaning industry will be coming together live again at CMS Berlin, Europe's highly popular trade fair for the cleaning & hygiene market. For CMS, the year has begun under new project management. After 14 years in her post, Heike Hemmer is retiring and handing over project management to Ruth Senitz.
Matthias Steckmann, director of mobility & services, praised the former's achievements: "Together with BIV, VDMA and IHO, the professional organisations sponsoring the event, Heike Hemmer continued to successfully develop CMS Berlin as a showcase for innovation and driving force of the cleaning industry. This industry platform is a firm fixture on the cleaning sector's calendar of events."
Three arrested in suspected PPE fraud worth millions
Three people, including a husband and wife, have been arrested in a National Crime Agency investigation linked to international Personal Protective Equipment fraud.
Officers carried out searches at two properties in Loughborough and one in Lytham St Annes, where they made the arrests and seized a number of high value items, including a car, jewellery, watches and digital devices. Evidence of significant cash purchases was also recovered.
Five ways to slow surging spread of Norovirus
Norovirus is in full swing in the US this Winter. While the number of cases hit historic lows during the pandemic, now it's behind us, experts believe 2023 may be a record year for cases. Likewise flu in the UK and other parts of the world.
Norovirus is a family of viruses typically spread when an infected person vomits. A typical year sees about 20 million cases, around 800 deaths, and nearly 100,000 hospitalisations.
ISSA Pulire presents two competitions to animate three-day show in Milan
Registrations are open for the two competitions that will take place during the 26th edition of ISSA Pulire:
' 'Product of the Year ISSA Pulire 2023' Award, now in its third edition, which will culminate with the awarding of the winner on 9th May
Xenex Makes De Novo Petition to FDA re. LightStrike UV room disinfection technology
Xenex Disinfection Services, a world leader in UV disinfection technology for healthcare facilities, has filed a De Novo petition with the US Food & Drug Administration for medical device market authorisation of its LightStrike+ ultraviolet room disinfection technology.
The company's patented device uses a xenon lamp to create broad spectrum UV light intended to quickly destroy pathogens on surfaces in healthcare facilities.
Satino by WEPA launches innovative recycled cardboard range of hygiene papers
Hygiene specialist Satino by WEPA has launched its innovative new PureSoft range, made from 100% recycled corrugated cardboard. The new range, which includes toilet tissue, kitchen rolls and hand towels, boasts a carbon footprint 70% less than that of virgin fibre production. It also omits the bleaching process for a more natural-looking paper.
Satino by WEPA has been heavily investing in sustainability research since 2013 as it seeks to minimise its use of virgin fibres. Its newfound production method involves recycling corrugated cardboard - a widely untapped resource - into soft, hygienic paper.
When we announced Mike Osiadacz's retirement just a few months back, we had a feeling he wasn't going to be missing from the cleaning industry for long and we're delighted to say we were right! Training consultancy, Mike Osiadacz - Steam Training, has won its first client and is now supporting what we believe is the UK's No.1 conveyor belt cleaning manufacturer and global supplier, KHD Technology, training its clients' workforces in the use of the technology and general steam applications.
Training & education has always been a passion for Mike, who feels that delivering knowledge is very rewarding and key to the success of the product in use. So as Mike had spent the last 23 of his 37 years in the industry working with steam cleaning equipment, (his last 10 as sales director for Matrix
New whitepaper from REACT explores future of commercial cleaning technology
Specialist cleaning service provider, REACT Specialist Cleaning, has this week released a new white paper in collaboration with the National Biofilms Innovation Centre, entitled ‘Biofilms & barrier technologies: The future of commercial cleaning’. The report examines the risks posed by biofilms and the potential of new 'barrier technologies' to mitigate them.
A biofilm is an immobile community of microorganisms that stick to each other and to surfaces. They can form almost anywhere, and grow as the microorganisms multiply and attach to other communities.
UK Government moves ahead with plans to crack down on illegal waste
New reforms to target waste criminals and combat dangerous practices at waste sites were unveiled today this week by Environment Minister Rebecca Pow.
The current rules in England and Wales allow certain low-risk, small-scale waste activities to be carried out under a registration scheme, exempt from the need to hold an environmental permit, providing a light-touch but valuable form of regulation.
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