Plastic waste has never been in the headlines more since being highlighted on the BBC’s Blue Planet 2 and PM Theresa May’s subsequent unveiling of her government’s 25-year environmental plan. The plan focussed heavily on plastic waste, which she called “one of the great environmental scourges of our time”. With much of this waste ending up in our waterways and oceans, and one in three fish caught in the English Channel containing pieces of plastic, it is clear that plastic waste must be reduced.
But how can the cleaning industry help this cause – after all, we work in an industry that relies heavily on products safely housed in plastic containers? Toilet cleaner, disinfectant, floor cleaning fluids and more are all usually supplied in plastic bottles! Here at Jangro, we take a responsible stance to ensure we minimise the landfill burden, and positively encourage both our customers and suppliers to make eco-friendly choices wherever possible. So here are our top three tips on how businesses can help prevent plastic waste.
How well do you and your staff recycle plastics? One simple change a cleaning or janitorial business can make is to focus on improving its recycling rate. We can help you to implement successful recycling programmes, offering everything required to get the right systems in places, enabling efficient and cost-effective sorting at the point of disposal.
Look for products that have been manufactured with the environment in mind such as Jangro’s Enviro Concentrates range. This range consists of high concentration, low dosage cleaning products which have highly accurate dosing methods meaning less packaging is required overall. For example, 1 x 1 litre Enviro Concentrate W1 is the equivalent of using 100 x ready to use trigger bottles. On this SKU alone, we potentially saved 1,643,400 ready to use plastic trigger bottles from potentially ending up in waste streams or landfill last year.
The old adage is true: prevention is better than cure! Choose a non-plastic, or less-plastic, alternative wherever possible, such as cleaning sachets instead of bottles. Cleaning sachets used together with refillable bottles, can make a huge difference to the number of plastic bottles used and disposed of per year. For example, if an average office block uses a case of 12 x 1 litre bottles of toilet cleaner per month, that’s 144 plastic bottles disposed of per year at just one site. A switch to the new Jangro toilet cleaner sachets, with one case of refillable bottles, however, could last over a year, reducing the number of plastic bottles used significantly!
Jangro offers a full range of sachet products, including toilet cleaner, washroom cleaner, kitchen sanitiser, kitchen degreaser, and multi-purpose cleaner for trigger spray bottles, as well as a range that can be used with buckets (see page 59 of our Cleaning and Hygiene catalogue for the full range).
By making these simple changes, you can reduce your environmental impact quite considerably. Not only that, the positive impact of making the switch to these products can also often save money. A win/win situation! For more information or advice, please call our friendly distributors on 01204 795 955 or view our collection in our online catalogue here.
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