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I was reminded by a comment on our Facebook page by the Domestic Cleaning Alliance's Stephen Munton, about a range of vacuum cleaners which - when I wrote about them in 2010 - I'd hoped would soon become widely available. As well as being striking in design, as our picture shows, they're not the sort of thing you'd easily lose in the cleaning cupboard, are they? What made them extra special was the fact that they'd been manufactured from waste plastics collected from the ocean... something useful being made from something bad... Stephen mentioned that back in the late 1990s, Dyson made the 'DC02 Recyclone' cylinder vacuum cleaner out of waste plastic from the factory. The intention was to eventually collect and recycle worn-out Dyson cleaners from customers, so as to continue making the Recyclone, but, sadly, this was never followed through.
What got both Stephen and me reminiscing was a video I'd posted of a boat which is sailing 500km along the coast of Kenya to raise awareness of plastic pollution. Called the Flipflopi, it's made from 10 tons of waste collected on the Kenyan coastline, including 30,000 recycled flip-flops to make the hull and decking! The boat is mooring up to visit schools along the way so those on board can share their views with teachers and pupils on the problems created by plastics and provide insights into repurposing the waste they create.
The expedition has already inspired the city of Mombasa to close down a mismanaged dumpsite and get 22 major hotels to ban single-use plastic bottles and straws, so it's doing well.
Kenya introduced the world's toughest plastic bag ban in 2017, decreeing that those producing, selling or using plastic bags could be imprisoned for four years or faced with a fine of up to $40,000. I wish other countries would follow suit.
Now... flip-flop boat to take me exploring the seas or a colourful vacuum cleaner to help me with the housework... it's really a no-brainer, isn't it?
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The latest Health Protection report on suspected and laboratory-confirmed reported norovirus outbreaks in hospitals (England) and norovirus laboratory reports (England and Wales), shows that currently we are making improvements in combatting the virus.
The hospital norovirus outbreak reporting scheme (HNORS) recorded 66 outbreaks occurring between weeks 1 to 4, 2019, 65 of which (98%) led to ward/bay closure or restriction to admissions and 43 of which (65%) were recorded as laboratory confirmed due to norovirus.
ISSA has appointed Manuela D'Agata as its new international education & certification director. Manuela joins ISSA's international team, which also includes Alexandra Adams, international programme coordinator, and Frances Ball, business development manager UK & Ireland.
This latest appointment reflects ISSA's efforts to further build education & certification services such as the CIMS programme (Cleaning Industry Management Standard) across the globe. Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Manuela will be responsible for establishing the CIMS programme in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Oceania and Asia-Pacific regions, as well as developing a group of local trainers and auditors.
The CHSA Accreditation Scheme for Distributors ensures standards in the industry are maintained and approval as an Accredited Distributor means the distributor has successfully passed the independent inspection of its products, which must be supplied by a CHSA Accredited Manufacturer or conform to the standards stipulated in the relevant Accreditation Scheme.
The European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry's 2019 Conference will take place on 28th June 2019 in Brussels under the title 'Cleaning and Facility Services: shaping the industry for the future'. Registration is now open and special early bird rates, providing a 20% discount, are available until 20th March.
Bookings are also being taken for the Conference Dinner, which will be held on the evening of 27th June at 20:00 at La Maison des Brasseurs, in Brussels' Grand Place.
UV Partners, (developer of the UV Angel Technology platform) and Surfacide, are unveiling their integrated advanced disinfection software at the 2019 Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS19) conference this week. This new software offering will allow for a combined disinfection data portal with advanced analytics capabilities.
Using the expansive disinfection datasets from UV Angel and Surfacide, healthcare personnel can:
The cleaning market has changed dramatically over the last 10 years as end users require greater pressures and cleaning performance. With the cost of fossil fuels escalating out of control the demands have moved towards economical power systems that still provide the cleaning performance. Demon has looked at these problems and towards the future and has now developed a revolutionary concept in the Demon Electron Mini-Bowser.
Mold Magistrates Court heard how in February 2017, a 29-year-old employee of C M Downton (Haulage Contractors) was fatally crushed when he was struck from behind by a Volvo shovel loader whilst working at UPM-Kymmene (UK)'s Shotton Paper Mill.
Wanting to ensure that its robust infection prevention strategy and protocols were the best possible, the Mayo Clinic conducted a controlled study to evaluate the effectiveness of Xenex Disinfection Systems' pulsed xenon ultraviolet light room disinfection technology.
The study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, found that adding pulsed Xenon UV disinfection to the hospital's disinfection efforts resulted in a 47% reduction in C.diff infection rates on the intervention units that has been sustained for two years.
Aerosols, while a traditional method, still play a big part in the reduction of bad smells and are a popular, economical choice as an air freshener solution, globally. Their general reliability has been known for many years, although other non-aerosol aircare products have risen in popularity through the years, making aerosols seemingly 'old'. It's out with the old and in with the new at Vectair Systems though...
As an innovator in everything the company designs and manufactures, it has launched a new, innovative line of aerosols for the North and Latin America markets.
For the first time at CMS Berlin 2019 - Cleaning.Management.Services startups and newcomers will be represented in their own display section at the fair.
The announcement took place during a special ceremony on last week at the Cintas location at 580 North Monitor Road in Springdale.
Ecolab has acquired 100% of the outstanding shares of Bioquell, the Andover, UK-based provider of hydrogen peroxide vapor bio-decontamination systems and services, for a total consideration payable to shareholders of approximately £139 million.
The purchase of Bioquell will expand Ecolab's portfolio of products, services, and solutions. Bioquell's expertise in bio-decontamination and deep-cleaning utilising vaporised hydrogen peroxide technologies complements Ecolab's daily cleaning and disinfection offerings for cleanrooms and other high-grade environments.
In Winter 2019, the German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower started building a biomethane plant near Pontefract, West Yorkshire, for Lanes Farm Energy, a gas-to-grid project developed by Aqua Consultants.
The plant will go live in late 2019 and deliver c7.3 million cu.m of biomethane to the UK gas distribution network. This amount of eco-friendly natural gas equivalent is sufficient to supply about 9,600 households with sustainable energy, 24/7.
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