Our Green Approach
Our overall approach to environmental considerations is that we try to be as green as we can whilst recognising the need to clean effectively.
However it is not as clear cut as some would present it. Many factors have to be taken into account for a full analysis of a product’s green credentials. For those in the know in the industry there is an ongoing debate about the strengths and weaknesses of green products.
Let’s give you some examples.
Chemicals – where are they made, how many miles are they transported, and by what method, what is the actual feedstock used for the chemicals? Not always clear cut or taken into account when companies promote green credentials, but those factors are all relevant. A key factor is do they actually clean well. There is no point in using a “green” cleaning product if it doesn’t actually clean, or takes much more product or water to do the job, or takes much longer. For example, we have yet to find a green toilet cleaner that really works.
A second example is our approach to hand towels. Our understanding having researched it is that paper hand towels from a properly managed and sustained source are more environmentally friendly than hot air dryers which use considerable amounts of electricity. We also understand that paper towels from the correct dispensers are probably more hygienic than air dryers. For this reason we do not currently offer hot air hand dryers.
Another example is that of biodegradable rubbish bags. They currently leave a residue in the ground as they degrade, for which the long term effects are not fully known, and so do not provide a completely green solution. As a result we would prefer to source bags from recycled plastic wherever possible as the best current approach to green bags.
However we have found a source of compostable bags (to EN 13432) which can be sent to an industrial composting site. These are different to biodegradable sacks, and we believe more environmentally friendly. They were used for the first time in any volume at the London Olympics in 2012.
The result of all this is we do our best to monitor the green situation, introduce green products where we believe they really are environmentally friendly – and actually work – and not try and promote a green story which doesn’t tell the whole story.
So contact us if you would like to discuss the best approach for your green cleaning requirements.