Sustainability: Reduction, reduction, reduction
04 November 2020
Lynne Snoding, sector marketing manager BSC, Diversey, UK & Ireland explains why using less water, energy, packaging and chemicals helps to support a more sustainable approach to cleaning operations.
Choosing and using the right products and equipment correctly is always a good place to start. This will optimise results and eliminate the need for supplementary and repeat cleaning that leads to waste and inefficiency. Here are a few pointers to some simple steps that almost any cleaning team can take to deliver better sustainability.
Saving water is always a good objective but heating it also uses energy, costs money, and generates CO2 emissions. Replacing wet-mopping with microfibre alternatives can reduce water consumption by up to 95 per cent. Scrubber driers also clean floors with less water (and chemicals) than traditional techniques. Adopt better laundry and dishwash management systems to control water and energy usage. Dosing and dilution control systems help reduce water usage when used with ultra-concentrates.
Consider swapping to products and formulations that work at lower temperatures. Switch to latest-generation scrubber driers or vacuum cleaners that are more energy-efficient. Maintain equipment such as dishwashers and floorcare machines correctly to prevent inefficiencies that waste energy and cause breakdowns.
Packaging: using ultra-concentrates instead of ready-to-use products can reduce packaging by up to 98.5%. This is because water is added at the point of use rather than place of manufacture. Responsible manufacturers will, wherever possible, use recycled and/or recyclable materials in their packaging.
Getting a job done right first time reduces wasted time and wasted product. Multipurpose formulations can simplify processes and reduce waste because fewer solutions are needed to complete more daily cleaning tasks. Dosing and dilution control systems ensure the right amount of product is used every time, reducing waste.
These are just a few of the many ways in which cleaning teams can introduce improved sustainability into their operations. Reputable suppliers will be able to advise on suitable products and equipment – and combinations – to achieve the best results and outcomes. They will also be able to support their claims with evidence and documentation.