Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 23rd March 2023 Issue no. 1057
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Wanted - innovative cleaning solutions: CMS Berlin presents the Purus Innovation Award
Weltec Biopower and GTS extend service partnership for UK and Ireland
ETS 'pleased to sponsor Tissue World 2023'
Diversey to be acquired by Solenis for $4.6 billion
Plastic-free bottles designed for commercial cleaning products
Bureau Veritas's new guide will help manage green claims and avoid unintentional greenwashing
Mineral Wars: How your business can prepare to deal with the battery crisis?
IMCD appointed as distributor for Genesis Biosciences
Welcome to the Cleanzine
I hope that if you attended last week's Cleaning Show in London, your journey home wasn't quite as challenging as mine was. In a normal year, I can travel from Birmingham where the Show used to be staged, more quickly than I can generally get from London's ExCel down to my home in Epsom, a mere 18 miles away to the south west. This year capped all others though, as in the aftermath of industrial action along with driver shortages, I was reminded of the Steve Martin/John Candy movie, 'Planes, Trains & Automobiles' - but without the laughs. As you know I'm already miffed with London Mayor Sadiq Khan over his move to damage lives and livelihoods by expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone throughout Greater London – which in many cases, includes the ‘leafy suburbs’ and sporadic public transport - so to find that the bus longer exists, which for decades had run to Epsom from Sutton (which was where the trains happened to be finishing that day despite there apparently being 'a good service'), and that I'd have to catch three buses taking me miles out of my way first instead, had me almost spitting blood. I probably shouldn’t say it here, but I recall thinking that he’d have been under a bus, had I chanced upon him in the street!
Despite all this, the Show made everything well worth the effort. It was my first, post-Covid, so to be able to catch up with industry ‘family’ after all this time felt really special. As did meeting new industry friends, of course. On top of that, there was so much which was new, to see and learn about. I’ll be bringing these discoveries to you over the coming weeks so do keep an eye out, but in the meantime, congratulations to the winners of the Cleaning & Support Services Association’s ‘Innovation Showcase: The Future of Cleaning’. These were, in alphabetical order, Cobotics Services, ICE, Infogrid, Solaris and Wecovi (Bubble Flush). I’ll be covering these impressive innovations in detail, as they so rightly deserve.
Congratulations also to Terry ‘Turbo’ Burrows, who once again managed to retain his title as the World’s Fastest Window Cleaner, in a competition overseen by a team of Guinness World Record qualified adjudicators and filmed by the BBC. I’m wondering whether, as well as being the fastest, Terry is also the longest-serving holder of this particular record?
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This Week's News
Caerphilly considers steps towards a greener future
Caerphilly Council in Wales is exploring ways to boost recycling rates and create a greener county borough for all, as part of an ambitious waste and recycling strategy for the future.
Local authorities are required to meet strict Welsh Government recycling targets and Caerphilly is working hard to ensure it reaches the current target of 70%, as well as even higher rates announced for the coming years.
Infection prevention expert bolsters UMF|PerfectClean's growing healthcare team
Marking the latest expansion of its growing healthcare business, UMF|PerfectClean welcomes Brian Spada as regional sales manager - healthcare markets. Brian is an accomplished sales professional who is skilled in client services and results-orientated client management. Most recently with EvaClean, he brings years of healthcare infection prevention expertise.
"We are thrilled to add Brian to our rapidly expanding healthcare team," says Mark Hodgson, vice president sales - healthcare markets, UMF|PerfectClean. "His deep knowledge of research-based, science-driven infection prevention solutions comes from years of partnering with some of the country's leading healthcare facilities. He has helped such organisations achieve industry-leading safety scores and infection rates.
Global trade slows, but 'green goods' grow
Global trade was worth a record $32 trillion in 2022, but amid deteriorating economic conditions and rising uncertainties, growth turned negative in the last half of the year and is set to stagnate in the first half of 2023. The silver lining was the strong performance of trade in ‘green goods’, whose growth held strong throughout the year, says UNCTAD's latest Global Trade Update, published today.
Defying the downward trend, trade in green/environmentally-friendly goods grew by about 4% in the second half of the year. Their combined value hit a record $1.9 trillion in 2022, adding more than $100 billion compared to 2021.
Nearly half of the UK worry about germs on public transport
A new study has revealed that 47% of UK-based adults have concerns surrounding germs on public transport, with one in five saying they're still wearing masks on buses, trains and other forms of public transport, while a third are still sanitising their hands.
Research conducted by commercial cleaning service provider, Perfect Clean, via YouGov.co.uk found that 14% of people are "very concerned" about the impact germs and bacteria on public transport might have on their wellbeing, while 33% report being conscious and "somewhat concerned".
SOAPBOX: A warning about upcoming ‘greenwashing’ legislation, from Steve Ashkin, founder of The Ashkin Group
“While it has received minimal attention in the United States, a new law proposed by the European Union will require manufacturers and other organisations to prove their product's Green claims.
The goal is to eliminate greenwashing, which studies find is more prevalent in Europe - and many other places worldwide - than we may realise.
Marie Ferguson is in her Element!
UMF|PerfectClean has announced that Marie Ferguson, guest room attendant at Element Orlando Universal Blvd has earned the company's fourth annual National Guest Room Attendant Excellence Award.
UMF|PerfectClean established the National GRA Excellence Award to recognize the invaluable contributions of GRAs - hotel housekeepers - who ensure safe guest and employee environments in hotels and lodges across the country.
Quean Clean sailing to success
Quean Clean, the Coventry-based specialist cleaning provider, has struck up a partnership with YachtNeeds, the world-renowned, Monaco-based digital superyacht marketing company, known as 'the Amazon for yachting', with every product a yacht crew could wish for at their fingertips.
The partnership has enabled Quean Clean to sell its cleaning products on the YachtNeeds marketplace, allowing it access to YachtNeeds’ database of over 35,000 crew members, along with its two million users.
Truvox International launches new Valet Dual Motor Upright
Truvox International has launched its new Valet Dual Motor Upright high-performance commercial upright vacuum cleaner – a robust machine ideal for use in healthcare, education, hotels and office facilities.
"We are delighted to launch our new easy-to-use Valet Dual Motor Upright vacuum cleaner, which sets a new standard for high performance cleaning in the commercial sector," says Truvox International executive director, Gordon McVean.
Independent, UKAS-accredited microbiological laboratory extends service to support TGA requirements
Following the recent publication of the Therapeutic Goods Administration instructions for disinfectant testing (version 3.0), disinfectants manufactured in or exported to the Australian market must undergo testing for claims of residual activity on multiple surfaces, to stay compliant.
To help manufacturers and brands of disinfectants get to market quickly, legally, and cost effectively, microbiological testing house, MSL Solution Providers, has launched a new service to meet this updated guidance. This new offer supports companies with all division one and two requirements at its in-house, UKAS-accredited laboratories. The expert testing company holds the relevant ISO 17025 accreditation and all the necessary organisms to ensure products are compliant with the contained specifications
Phs Group expands range of GreenTeck Global technologies
Phs Group and GreenTeck Global have strengthened their relationship with an agreement to introduce two additional environmentally-friendly technologies to customers. The new deal will see the country's renowned hygiene services provider make two of GreenTeck Global's COSHH-free sanitising solutions even more accessible to UK businesses.
From this month, Phs clients will be able to benefit from GreenTeck's pioneering AquaTeck technology, which harnesses the powerful natural sterilisation and odour-destroying properties of hypochlorous acid (HOCl).
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