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"We are absolutely delighted to have won this important and globally recognised award," says Jochen Wagener, senior director of marketing & sales at Unger. "The award pays tribute to the groundbreaking design quality of Unger Stingray. The product was designed in such a way that it guarantees optimal performance and simple operation.
A group of private equity companies have bid around 200 billion Swedish crowns ($22.26 billion) for the hygiene arm of tissue and forestry products firm SCA (SCAb.ST), daily Dagens Nyheter wrote on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. SCA said last year it planned to split into two units.
"At least two private equity companies together have bid around 200 billion crowns for the hygiene unit," DN said.
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The cleaning industry isn't often much admired by those outside of it, so I really enjoy those occasions where we can show that we're one step ahead of the game.
Stories about excess packaging being used to fool buyers into thinking they have more of the product inside than they actually have, are featuring in the press this week, having been highlighted in The Sunday Times last weekend.
Despite the Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2015 stating that: "Packaging must be so manufactured that the packaging volume and weight is limited to the minimum adequate amount to maintain the necessary level of safety, hygiene and acceptance for the packed product and for the consumer," it seems that unscrupulous manufacturers are still using more packaging than they should, to dupe us into thinking we're buying a product that's of higher value than it actually is.
It pleases me that our industry is doing its best to ensure that what it says on the box, reflects what's inside the box - and I applaud the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association for its growing portfolio of accreditation schemes which forces members to be completely honest about the products they're supplying.
I also like the fact that we're advocating the use of dosing systems and chemical concentrates to prevent users from using too strong a cleaning solution. This helps the environment since less chemical and less packaging is used and it also reduces unnecessary transport and storage costs, which cuts pollution and keeps costs down.
Excess packaging makes a mockery of recycling. As consumers, we're being forced to separate and recycle our waste through what can be complicated and confusing schemes that take up far too much of our time and energy, while manufacturers are getting away with flouting the law and polluting our planet with millions of tons of needless packaging. A manufacturer that has policies in place which aim to prevent damage to the environment, that doesn't take its customers for fools, will also promote brand loyalty.
I'm sure I'm echoing everyone's feelings by saying that if I'm not disappointed with what I've bought once I've removed it from the packaging, I'm likely to buy that product again. Surely even the manufacturers guilty of attempts to dupe us feel the same way, so why do they keep on doing it?
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This Week's News
EnviroTechnologies International (ETII), a US-based company that develops and markets green, natural and organic products for diverse industries, has this week announced successful laboratory test results of its Empowered Water Hypochlorous anolyte and its Activate protein surfactant solutions.
Testing demonstrated that extended surface coverage facilitated by the Activate protein surfactant products (a key product used by the company in various applications), did not impact the microbial kill efficacy of the Empowered Water Hypochlorous. This is an important part of the overall business opportunities for ETII as the combined annual market disinfectant solutions is estimated to grow to $1.6 billion in the US alone.
Whilst other self-cleaning products rely on rain or moisture contact to maintain a healthy-looking facade, Nanopor systems require nothing more than sunlight, humidity and wind to provide a uniform, dirt-free surface.
Sealed Air's Diversey Care division has announced that it has acquired the UVC disinfection portfolio of Daylight Medical, a manufacturer of innovative medical devices. The portfolio acquired includes UVC disinfectant technologies designed to disinfect rooms, surfaces, non-critical equipment and devices.
Daylight's solutions are noted for their highly innovative, portable and affordable design, allowing safe and targeted dosing of UVC light to quickly and effectively kill harmful pathogens, including bacteria and C. difficile. The agreement also gives Diversey Care access to a robust innovation pipeline.
If you drop litter in East Hampshire, you can expect to be fined - that's the message from East Hampshire District Council after it took 14 people to court over non-payment of litter fines. Keeping the district litter free is one of the council's top priorities. It has empowered enforcement officers with the ability to issue on-the-spot £80 fines to anyone dropping rubbish, including cigarette butts and chewing gum.
The first approved distributors include the national networks Jangro and independent distributors DJB Supplies, CPD, Mark Douglas, Capital Cleaning and Martin Vitera. The other major distributors in the sector - Bunzl Cleaning & Safety, Nationwide and Arco and a further eight independent distributors - are all nearing completion of the auditing process.
Green Business Certification, (GBCI), the organisation that independently recognises excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally, has announced the opening of a new European office in Munich.
Through rigorous certification and credentialing standards, GBCI drives adoption of green building and business practices. Kay Killmann, (pictured) has been named managing director of GBCI Europe.
The slogan of this year's campaign is: 'Fight antibiotic resistance ... it's in your hands', illustrating the important relationship between good infection prevention and control practices such as washing hands properly and preventing antibiotic resistance.
The 1team, working with Vodafone, has achieved World Class accreditation with the Institute of Hospitality's quality standard, Hospitality Assured. This accolade for high standards of customer service and business excellence has been awarded to the 1team at Vodafone, which consists of Mitie's integrated FM team and catering business Gather & Gather.
"We had an incredible year in 2016," says Rachel Schoeler, manager of the Shoreline Cleanup. "We broke all of our previous records, with more than 2,300 shorelines cleaned and 77,000 people helping us protect ecosystems and wildlife across the country."
Make way for the newest custodial celebrity! After a record-breaking 898,220 votes in the US nationwide contest, Cintas Corporation has this week crowned Ted Qualli Jr. of Newtown Elementary in Philadelphia, the 2017 Janitor of the Year.
Ted captured more than 40% of the vote and will receive a $5,000 cash prize. His school will also receive $5,000 in products and services from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products.
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Recent UK News
Guardian Water Treatment has been awarded ISO 14001:2015 certification, the International Standard for environmental management which supports organisations in reducing their environmental impact.
ISO 14001 was revised in 2015, bringing an increased focus on sustainable development and helping businesses to effectively manage the environmental challenges of the future. It provides a framework for the development of an Environmental Management System, ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and providing a systematic approach to continually improving environmental performance.
The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners is one of 110 Livery Companies which are based upon trades, industries and professions and carry on the ancient traditions of the Guilds and Livery Companies, which started in the 12th century.
Biotechnology uses enzymes to 'eat' dirt and bacteria. The tiny molecules access even the hardest to reach areas, and carry on working for days after application.
Recently Rosemor has collaborated with a well-known dealer, Shanghai EMC, (www.emclean.cn) whose managing director Jonathan Zhang won an award presented by China Clean Expo for his distinguished contributions to China's cleaning industry.
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