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Supply chain converts to green cleaning

10 August 2016

Residential managing agent Rendall & Rittner will save an estimated 477 tons of CO2 emissions each year after partnering with ecological cleaning company Delphis Eco – this equates to the same amount of CO2 needed to circumnavigate the world 330 times.

The company, which manages 44,000 units across London, decided to change all its cleaning products to the plant-based cleaning solution. This reduced the number of different cleaning products staff used by 40%, which in turn reduced the company’s environmental impact in line with its sustainable policy.

Directors at Rendall & Rittner switched to Delphis Eco’s award-winning product range that now has two Royal Warrants, after a successful pilot scheme at three of its developments. The use of the cleaners including multi-purpose cleaner, washroom cleaner and anti-bacterial sanitiser, are now being used at all its sites. Rendall & Rittner also took the bold step of mandating its supply chain to use the products, with one cleaning contractor saving £6,000 per year by converting to Delphis Eco.

Cleaning staff and contractors are happy with the switch. During the trial programme 98% of those surveyed said they felt the new products were better or the same as the incumbent ones. It also proved that Rendall & Rittner could reduce its chemical spend and save its customers a total of £50,000 per year.

Rendall & Rittner director Catherine Riva, said: “This project has enhanced our approach to sustainability, not just through our company but across our supply chain. We wanted to make our suppliers aware of the products and show them the benefits of going green. 

Delphis Eco uses rainwater during its production process and its product ingredients, transportation and packaging are all positively impacting carbon footprint. For example, delivering a box of two, five litres of products compared to 55 boxes of six ready-to-use trigger sprays results in a saving of 332 trigger bottles, 54 less deliveries and 331.84kgs of CO2 emissions.

Cleaning contractors Mara, which work with Rendall & Rittner, have since also switched to using Delphis Eco products.

Michael Foy, business development manager, added: “Since the adoption of procuring and utilising Delphis Eco we have benefited financially and operationally, and in turn so have our clients.

“Since the introduction of these sustainable products we have reduced our range without impacting quality or productivity. We have also observed various health benefits such as improved skin care and respiratory improvements in some of our cleaning operatives and we know that cleaning teams employed directly by our clients have seen the same."