Recycled Pads for Sustainable Floorcare

 Cleaning teams using floorcare machines will want to make their operations as sustainable as possible. A good first step is to use a cleaning pad made from recycled materials. We have an excellent selection of pads made from 100 per cent recycled PET plastics. In fact, each pad contains the recycled PET fibres from just over two and a half recycled plastic water bottles.

Twister by Diversey is an innovative set of floor care pads made from recycled PET impregnated with billions of microscopic diamonds. This combination is less abrasive than standard red pads which helps to protect the floor while giving a smoother and improved appearance.

The pads can be used with water alone, last three times longer than traditional products, and significantly reduce the need for periodic maintenance, all of which improves sustainability and reduces the overall cost. In fact, these pads reduce chemical usage by 100%, floor pad costs by 66%, and weight of consumables by 98% (which also saves transport and handling) compared with traditional products. Working without chemicals also simplifies cleaning processes, creates a healthier environment for cleaners and bystanders, and reduces routine machine maintenance burdens.

Twister by Diversey is ideal for daily maintenance to clean and polish unprotected stone floors. There are four different pads in the range for use on almost every type of floor. Used in sequence – red, white, yellow, green – on old, dull and worn floors they can rejuvenate and transform floors into a clean, uniform, shiny and polished surface. The diamond impregnated side of the pad is coloured and works as a wear indicator.

As an alternative to Twister by Diversey, the TASKI Americo range comprises a complete set of pads for every floor cleaning and maintenance application from aggressive stripping to gentle polishing. These pads also promote sustainability because they are designed to be used without harsh chemicals. But we go further by looking at the way the pads are manufactured and delivered. The advanced machinery used to make the pads is more than 30 per cent more energy efficient than older equipment. In-house water treatment and recycling has reduced water consumption by 83 per cent. The packaging for the pads contains at least 45 per cent recycled materials.

For the very best results and sustainability both pad ranges are ideally used with TASKI’s range of scrubber driers and rotary-disc machines which themselves are designed to use less energy, water and product than traditional machines. For example, many TASKI machines are certified under the UK government’s Water Technology List which shows they successfully meet stringent sustainability criteria and use less water. This means they qualify for an Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) so that customers can claim 100 per cent of the cost against their tax during the same year.

All in all, TASKI makes it easy to make floorcare more sustainable.

More About Plastics & Packaging

We mentioned in a recent post how one pack of SmartDose ultra-concentrate can replace 280 bottles of ready-to-use product to reduce packaging and plastics. But how does this headline number really stack up?

Let’s look at a business that uses 100 cases each containing six 750 millilitre spray bottles of ready-to-use product. Switching to the SmartDose system with its innovative ultra-concentrates and reusable spray bottles where water is added at the point of use leads to the following savings:

  • 441 litres less chemical to be manufactured, transported and stored – a 98.0 per cent reduction
  • 41.2 kilogrammes less plastic packaging to be manufactured, transported and stored – a 97.8 per cent reduction
  • 26.3 kilogrammes less cardboard packaging to be manufactured, transported and stored – a 97.8 per cent reduction
  • 124.2 kilogrammes less CO2 greenhouse gas emissions due to packaging alone – a 98.5 per cent reduction

These are great savings that really help to promote the sustainability of any cleaning operation. But if you add in the time and cost savings associated with all that transport, handling and storage you can see that ultra-concentrates offer even more. Plus, of course, these are professional formulations that are designed to deliver the performance and consistency that ensures excellent results every time.

Reducing Plastics

There’s been a lot of publicity recently about the use of plastics. Nobody seriously believes that throwing plastic packaging away is a good thing, especially when we see pictures of polluted rivers or suffering wildlife. The challenge facing all of us is how to reduce reliance on plastics and make it easier to recycle what we do use. In the absence of alternative materials, at least for the time being, we all need to think about being smarter with our packaging.

At Diversey, our approach for a long time has been to reduce the amount of packaging for our cleaning products. We do this by producing as many as possible in ultra-concentrate formulations. More product for more cleaning is contained in any given pack size and water is added at the point of use rather than the point of manufacture. This not only reduces the total amount of packaging required to support a particular cleaning operation but also minimises transport, storage and handling costs.

In fact, just one 1.4 litre container of our SmartDose hard surface cleaner can prepare 280 standard 500ml trigger-spray bottles. Because these bottles are used time and time again there is no need to throw them away which means no wasted plastic. Choosing the same number of ready-to-use spray bottles would mean a lot more packaging, transport and handling to worry about.

All of our ultra-concentrate systems reduce the amount of plastic packaging for the cleaning teams we support. Our research and development teams are always working on ways of making our systems even more efficient so that the same amount of product goes even further in the future. We’re also looking at the materials we use in the packaging in the first place. At the moment around 30 per cent of our packaging in the US is made from recycled plastics.

The SmartDose container – like much of our packaging – is completely recyclable which means there is no excuse for it to end up in landfill. We know the majority of our customers are responsible and make sure they send their empty packaging for processing.