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In today's world, businesses are increasingly becoming conscious of their environmental impact. One area that often gets overlooked is cleaning practices. Whether it's a small office or a large commercial space, cleaning processes can generate significant waste if not managed mindfully. Embracing sustainable cleaning practices not only benefits the environment but can also lead to cost savings and improved overall efficiency. In this blog, we will explore practical tips to help businesses reduce wastage when it comes to cleaning.

Invest in High-Quality, Durable Cleaning Equipment

Choosing high-quality, durable cleaning equipment might seem expensive initially, but it pays off in the long run. Cheap and flimsy tools tend to break easily and need frequent replacements, leading to unnecessary waste. Opt for cleaning equipment made from eco-friendly materials and designed to last longer, thereby reducing the amount of waste generated.

Use Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products

Traditional cleaning products often contain harsh chemicals that are harmful to both the environment and human health. Switching to eco-friendly cleaning agents not only reduces the ecological footprint but also creates a healthier work environment for employees and customers. Look for products with certifications like the Evans Vanodine Green Tick range. These products have minimal impact on the environment. The Super Concentrate edose range achieves a low impact rating which are identified with a Green Tick logo on the label. This range of concentrates comes in 1L and 5L capacity. 1 Litre provides 100 trigger spray bottles and 5L provides 50 x 5 Litre buckets of solution. The low dosage means it is very economical to use.       

Implement a Cleaning Plan

Developing a comprehensive cleaning plan is essential to avoid unnecessary wastage. Identify high-traffic areas that require more frequent cleaning and create a schedule accordingly. Having a plan ensures that cleaning resources, such as water and cleaning agents, are used efficiently, leading to reduced wastage.

Train Your Cleaning Staff

Proper training for cleaning staff is crucial to minimise wastage. Educate them about the importance of sustainable practices, such as using the right amount of cleaning product, avoiding excessive water usage, and correctly disposing of waste. Encourage them to report any faulty equipment or potential improvements to the cleaning process.

Embrace Microfibre Technology

Microfibre cleaning cloths such as POL208 and mops are a game-changer when it comes to sustainability. These tiny fibres are highly effective in trapping dirt, requiring less water and cleaning agents. Additionally, microfiber cloths are washable and reusable, reducing the need for disposable cleaning materials.

Encourage Responsible Paper Towel & Toilet Roll Use

If your business uses paper towels, consider promoting responsible usage among employees and visitors. Explore the possibility of using recycled paper towels or air hand dryers as alternatives.

Such as the Raphael Z folded hand towels PAP270 which are manufactured using recycled fibres and due to the interleaved fold means it dispenses one paper towel at a time reducing wastage. The Tork Smart One System is also an innovative toilet roll dispenser that stops the unnecessary usage of toilet roll by dispensing one sheet at a time. What’s even better is these dispensers are available on the FREE on-loan scheme, meaning you just have to buy the refills, saving your business even more money. (Order code PAP175). You can also place signs in washrooms and common areas, encouraging people to use only what they need.

Implement Waste Sorting and Recycling

Incorporate a proper waste sorting and recycling program within your business premises. Clearly label bins for different types of waste, including recyclables like paper, plastic, and glass. Invest in a recycling bin system such as Addis 54Lt Mixed Bin recycling Kit order code BIN206.  Educate employees about the importance of segregating waste correctly to ensure recyclable materials do not end up in landfills.

Partner with Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services

If outsourcing your cleaning needs, choose a service provider that aligns with your sustainability goals. Inquire about their green cleaning practices, including the types of products and equipment they use. By partnering with an eco-friendly cleaning service, you reinforce your commitment to reducing wastage in your business.

If you need more support or want some advice on how to save your business money and reduce wastage call your rep or our office 01282 777999.