Sustainability can often present a complex set of choices to cleaning teams and businesses that want to reduce the environmental impact of the products they use. Assessing the various merits of one perceived benefit against another can be difficult: sometimes a product that offers an advantage in one area offers significantly poorer performance when judged against a different benchmark.
All Diversey products are designed and manufactured to support improvements in sustainability. This includes making the product safer and simpler to use, reducing the amount of energy or water it consumes, reducing associated CO2 emissions, better packaging design and reduced raw materials use, and the ability to recycle more easily after use. All of these can also save costs.
When we conducted customer research into what constitutes a “green” product, almost one-in-three respondents said that it should be based on natural ingredients. At the same time over one-in-four said it should be eco-certified and one-in-seven said it must be fully biodegradable. Given that all cleaning products are already required to be biodegradable by law this is perhaps less relevant to the argument, but it could suggest some knowledge gap in the market.
Although our products already fulfil demanding sustainability criteria we recognised from our research that there are times when customers want to demonstrate the very highest levels of environmental responsibility. We responded with SURE, an innovative range of plant-based, 100 per cent biodegradable cleaning products. This is one of the Top Ten products we featured at The Cleaning Show at Excel London in March 2019.
The 18 products in the SURE range cover all routine and daily cleaning requirements in kitchens and washrooms including personal care. Each has been formulated to deliver superior professional results while maximising safety and gentleness for people and the environment. They meet typical eco-certification criteria and where applicable are all EU Ecolabel certified or have approval pending.
The entire SURE range is manufactured from environmentally-responsible plant-based ingredients from renewable resources. These ingredients are typically derived from by-products of the agri-food industry, originating from sugar beet, maize, straw bran, wheat bran and coconut. The products contain no artificial dyes, perfumes, quats, chlorine, phosphates or oxide compounds. This means they generally have lower safety classifications than conventional alternatives.
The kitchen range comprises eight products covering all routine tasks including hand dishwashing, general surface cleaning, appliance and surface degreasing and descaling, glass and grill cleaning, and surface sanitising and disinfection. The washroom range comprises four products covering daily cleaning, descaling, toilet cleaning, and floor cleaning. The personal care range comprises six antibacterial and conventional hand care products including soaps, washes and sanitisers.
SURE meets a particular requirement from the market. We enhance the sustainability credentials of the range by offering many of the products in our ultra-concentrate platforms including SmartDose and QuattroSelect. With these, water is only added at the point of use which means smaller packs are required to support the same cleaning operation. This reduces packaging requirements as well as minimising transport, handling, storage and recycling burdens. Moreover, because these platforms enable accurate and consistent preparation of high-performance solutions there is less wastage or need for repeat cleaning, all of which improves productivity and saves time and money.
Twister by Diversey is an innovative set of colour-coded floor care pads made from recycled plastics impregnated with billions of microscopic diamonds on the working side. They are ideally used with Diversey’s advanced TASKI swingo scrubber driers or rotary-disc machines and water alone to deliver excellent results while making floor care operations more sustainable. This highly sustainable floorcare option is one of the Top Ten products that we’ll be featuring at The Cleaning Show at Excel London from 19-21 March.
The range includes pads for almost every type of hard floor manufactured by changing the size and combination of the microscopic diamonds. This makes the pads less abrasive than corresponding conventional alternatives which helps to protect the floor while giving a smoother and improved appearance. The resulting micro-polished floor is more resistant to soiling.
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 overall costs. Used this way the 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.
There are different pads in the range almost every type of hard floor. Using just four in sequence – red, white, yellow, green – can rejuvenate and transform old, dull and worn stone floors with clean, uniform, shiny and polished results. The diamond impregnated side of the pad is coloured and works as a wear indicator.
A quick and simple way to improve the sustainability of almost any cleaning operation is through the adoption of ultra-concentrates. We offer these across a wide range of applications so that cleaning teams can quickly, easily and economically prepare solutions for equipment such as spray and toilet bottles, sinks, buckets or cleaning machines. The result is safe, simple and consistent high-performance cleaning while minimising wastage, packaging and chemical miles.
QuattroSelect is ideal for larger sites with centralised or intensive cleaning operations. Products are supplied in easy-to-handle pouches that are fitted into a wall-mounted dispenser. Four different formulations from the wide range available can be installed in each dispensing unit, allowing cleaning teams to select (and change whenever needed) the optimum combination for their particular application.
Solutions are automatically prepared to the correct dilution as they are dispensed into a bottle, bucket or cleaning machine by the QuattroSelect unit. Little or no decision-making or additional actions are required. All operatives need to do is press a button or squeeze a trigger and solution is dispensed directly into their bottle, bucket or cleaning machine. These closed systems also minimise the risk of people coming into contact with undiluted product, helping to enhance safety-in-use. Similar benefits are available on TASKI cleaning machines equipped with Diversey’s IntelliDose and IntelliFlow product and water management systems.
SmartDose is popular among contract and in-house cleaning teams who need ultimate convenience and portability. Its unique dual-dosing capability allows cleaning operatives to dispense two different amounts simply by turning the container’s cap to one side or the other. A single container can dispense the right amount of product into any two different accessories – bottle, bucket, sink, cleaning machine – depending on configuration. Operatives only need to carry one container to support two cleaning tasks. Processes are made even simpler – and productivity enhanced – if the product has multipurpose or multi-surface performance. A 1.4 litre container of SmartDose multi-purpose surface cleaner, for example, can prepare 280 standard 500ml trigger bottles.
One of the main reasons ultra concentrates deliver reduced cost in use is that solutions are prepared at the optimum dilution for superior and consistent performance. This reduces the need for repeat cleaning which cuts wasted time, delivering immediate productivity and efficiency gains. Considering the product contributes far less to the overall cost than the person doing the cleaning it makes sense to use products that maximise performance and productivity. Ultra concentrates also reduce the amount of product wastage because, unlike old-fashioned “pour-and-glug”, there is no guesswork involved in preparing solutions. Costs are reduced and predictable.
Ultra-concentrates also use less packaging than comparable bulk or ready-to-use products. This is because water is added at the point of use rather than the place of manufacture. A business using 100 cases of six 750ml single-use spray bottles could reduce plastic waste by up to 125.6kg (99.6% reduction) and up to 26.6kg less cardboard (98.9% reduction) by switching to Diversey’s ultra concentrates and re-usable bottles. Changes like these also reduce supply chain burdens because fewer cases need to be bought, transported and stored to support any given operation. Transportation costs can be up to 20 times less and warehouse and on-site storage requirements up to 22 times lower.
As with any cleaning product, it is important to select the right platform for each site and application to achieve optimum performance, efficiency and economy. Our ultra-concentrates for building care are available in a selection of platforms, including SmartDose and QuattroSelect, suitable for different sizes and type of site. We can advise you on the best choice or combination for any cleaning operation.
Ultra-concentrates are among the Top Ten products we’ll be featuring at The Cleaning Show at Excel London from 19-21 March.
The cleaning industry has been through significant changes since we last attended The Cleaning Show, not least the accelerating trend towards sustainability. Our promotion of sustainable cleaning and environmental awareness goes back even further. And although it’s been given many names since 1923 (when our business was founded), sustainability has always been at our core. Our track record is demonstrated through leadership with the Carbon Disclosure Project, assistance with the Alliance for Water Stewardship and the Asean Corporate Sustainability Award, among many other achievements.
Our aim is to help create a healthier and safer world for everyone. We published our latest Annual Sustainability Report at the end of 2018.
At the same time, we announced a new “Facilitators for Life” strategy and goals. This new approach will help ensure we address key environmental, social and technological opportunities, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, engaging in ethical business practices and decreasing our packaging footprint by 2025.
Achieving sustainable cleaning also underpins our product offerings. These should all help customers to save water, conserve energy, prevent waste, and increase safety. Our building care ranges, for example, are available as ultra-concentrates for use with dosing and dilution control platforms that enable safe, simple and consistent high-performance cleaning while minimising wastage, packaging and chemical miles. Our TASKI floorcare machines – scrubber driers, rotary disc machines and vacuum cleaners – offer class-leading performance in terms of lower energy, water and product consumption. Innovations such as the 100% plant-based SURE range provide our customers with further choices to demonstrate the highest levels of environmental responsibility.
In addition to greater awareness of sustainability issues across the board, few could have imagined a decade ago how technology-driven innovations would affect the industry and the daily lives of those working in it. As a global leader we have been at the forefront of this trend with innovations including its advanced TASKI swingobot robotic floorcare range and Internet of Clean services such as SmartView task auditing and IntelliTrail machine management. These utilise advanced technologies in new ways to support the aims and objectives of cleaning teams to collaborate and work smarter, more productively and more sustainably while reducing costs, improving outcomes and protecting brands.
Something that was revolutionary just a few years ago can quickly become commonplace. In the past, this was true of ultra-microfibre and ultra-concentrates but today these are widely used by cleaning teams as a matter of course. Soon, innovations such as robotic cleaning, the Internet of Clean and UV-light disinfection will also become routine. You can see many of our latest innovations and learn more about how we can help you meet your sustainability objectives on Stand C37 at The Cleaning Show, Excel London, 21-23 March.
The Eden Project has selected hand hygiene products from Diversey, supplied through Alliance, for the washrooms at its world-famous biome site in Cornwall. Alliance is supplying 170 of Diversey’s IntelliCare hand-hygiene dispensers for use with Soft Care Sensitive hand soap. These will be used by staff and thousands of visitors each day to clean their hands safely using sustainably-certified products. The Eden Project chose the products because they offered an excellent combination of performance, cost-in-use, and sustainability.
Sustainability is at the heart of what the Eden Project is all about and is a major part of the message it hopes to convey. The major visitor destination, opened in 2001, is nestled in a huge crater near St Austell and now welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Its massive biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, and exhibitions. They are a backdrop to contemporary gardens, summer concerts and year-round family events.
TRIAL PROVIDES EVIDENCE OF GOOD SOLUTION
Working together Alliance and Diversey approached Eden Project to offer trial products and dispensers for onsite evaluation. The two businesses were able to demonstrate the strength of their joint offering, with excellent products delivering sustainability benefits that matched Eden Project’s ethical and environmental policies. They were also able to show how their efficient supply chain could deliver results with lower cost-in-use and potential overall savings.
The trial arranged by Alliance and Diversey was a success and Eden Project made the decision to switch providers. In addition to the performance of the products, the buying team was impressed by the total package proposed by Alliance and Diversey. This included supplying the dispensers free of charge.
INTELLICARE AND SOFT CARE
The IntelliCare hand care system from Diversey helps facilities to improve infection prevention and hand hygiene compliance. The unique design of the dispenser helps maintain uninterrupted availability of soaps and foams. It also delivers a correct and consistent amount of product during each use to prevent wastage. Products are supplied in 1.3-litre pouches containing more doses than conventional systems. This extends the interval between replacements, saving operators time and money. It also helps reduce the risk of product running out so that users can wash their hands whenever they want. Standard-sized pouches across the Soft Care range supports total flexibility to choose the right formulation for specific requirements. The tamper-proof design utilises less plastic per millilitre of product than alternatives. All materials are fully recyclable.
At the Eden Project, IntelliCare will be used with Diversey’s Soft Care Sensitive. This is a mild hand wash with the Nordic Swan sustainability accreditation. It is a fragrance-free, dye-free formulation with a balanced pH for sensitive skins. It offers an ideal solution for settings where frequent washing is required and healthy hands are desired. The advanced formulation contains ingredients that are biodegradable and ethically sourced. It provides excellent moisturising capabilities, leaving hands feeling healthy and clean.
In the 50 page roadmap recently published by the Government outlining the plan to Covid-19 recovery, it is highlighted that ‘Clothes should be washed regularly to prevent the spread of Coronavirus’. So, with the hospitality market set to reopen in a matter of months now is the time to get your business ready for a safe reopening. According to the report, scientists have seen evidence that the virus can stay on fabrics for a number of days.
We have seen a big push on santising surfaces. However, we know that within the hospitality sector fabric is one of the biggest customer touch-points. This means there are more factors to consider when washing fabrics.
Using an antibacterial washing powder such as Persil Hygiene to wash clothes, bedding and towels is the surest way of stopping the spread of viruses. This also creates a safer environment for your business and your customers.
Pro Formula Persil Hygiene has been extensively tested and is effective against harmful bacteria strains including MRSA. Persil Hygiene disinfects at temperatures as low as 40 degrees whilst maintaining excellent performance against a wide range of stains and types of soil.
Pro Formula Persil Hygiene kills 99.999% of bacteria and viruses. The industry standard for bacteria kill is 99.999%. Did you know that retail variants are only 99.9%?
It is even so more important now that businesses adapt a professional approach to cleaning products and methods.
Professional Results from Trusted Brands
Persil Hygiene is part of Diversey’s ProFormula range. This set of easy-to-use cleaning products helps smaller and independent businesses to complete routine and common problem-solving tasks quicklywith excellent results. Pro Formula products combine professional formulations from Diversey with trusted brands from Unilever including Cif, Persil, Comfort and Domestos.
Reducing energy consumption is usually a key objective when improving the sustainability of cleaning operations. Using less energy saves money but also protects valuable resources and reduces CO2 emissions associated with burning fossil fuels in power stations or heating water on-site. There are some simple but effective ways to save energy in cleaning.
Choose the Right Product.
Selecting the correct product for any given task reduces the need for repeat cleaning which avoids additional water heating and electrical equipment running costs let alone savings in time and product consumption.
Think Lower Temperatures
It costs money and takes time to heat water to the proper working temperature. Instead, switch to cleaning products that work at lower temperatures. Alternative low-temperature formulations are available for key tasks such as general cleaning, floorcare and laundry (including disinfection). They will deliver payback from day one. Many can be swapped into existing processes with minimal need for retraining or significant change.
Switching to a lower temperature laundry product, for example, can save around 35% on water heating costs, consume 34% less water and cut wash time by almost 20% – all excellent sustainability gains.
Incidentally, avoid any process that involves adding cold water to hot water to cool it down to a comfortable temperature. This is wasteful and inefficient. But it is easily done when preparing solutions for tasks such as hand dishwashing or surface cleaning with handcloths. Instead, try and use equipment that heats the water to the correct temperature and no higher.
Maintain Existing Equipment Properly
Inefficiencies waste energy. Always complete routine and scheduled maintenance at the correct time. Equipment used in hard water areas can be prone to lime-scale. This can accumulate and restrict the passage of water and impact on the equipment’s reliability. It can also affect the sensors that regulate temperatures so that the equipment heats water to the wrong temperature for optimum performance.
Limescale also limits the efficiency of the heating element. This means more energy will be required to heat the same amount of water. Studies have shown that each millimetre of scale inside the heating element will add around eight to ten per cent on energy costs for a typical commercial laundry or dishwashing machine. Regular descaling with a specialist product or switching to formulations that prevent lime-scale will help prevent this issue.
Consider Completely Different Processes
Sometimes a different approach pays dividends. Microfibre, for example, when used with water alone for general surface cleaning offers a double win. No chemicals are used which means there is no need to heat a solution to a recommended working temperature.
Adopt Modern Cleaning Machines
These are generally far more energy-efficient than the models they replace. Recent changes to EU regulations covering vacuum cleaners led the design team at TASKI to devise the innovative models in our TASKI AERO range. These are quieter and consume around half the energy yet have the suction and performance of conventional machines rated at over 1000W. This helps them to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 60 per cent.
Other parts of the extensive TASKI floorcare range reflect this step-change in sustainability. The latest-generation scrubber driers – the TASKI swingo 2100 micro is the newest model – reduce energy consumption by up to 30 per cent and water consumption by up to 76 per cent compared with conventional machines. All of this quickly delivers savings on running costs.
At Diversey, we can advise on the most efficient combination of our products for specific applications to save energy in cleaning. We offer proper documentation with tools and calculators to help assess the savings you can make.
Diversey has signed the 2020+ version of the AISE Charter for Sustainable Cleaning. This extends a relationship that started in 2005. Back then we were the first commercial cleaning product supplier to sign the original version. The Charter remains a voluntary, independently certified industry-wide sustainability initiative.
AISE and companies in the cleaning and hygiene industry have long acted responsibly and proactively to reduce their environmental impact and contribute to the wellbeing of society. The Charter for Sustainable Cleaning stimulates and guides this action. The AISE wrote the original in 2005 and revised it in 2010. This latest upgrade aims to be even more complete and relevant, aligned with EU circular economy and plastics policy, climate change priorities and with global policy expectations.
Diversey’s Sustainability Record
Readers familiar with Diversey will already know that environmental stewardship is deeply embedded in our culture. Throughout the course of nearly 100 years of providing revolutionary cleaning and hygiene technologies, we have demonstrated that protecting and improving the environment is good for business. Therefore sustainability has been at the core of the value we deliver to customers. But it has been given many names since our business was created in 1923. We produce a Sustainability Report each year.
As well as being the first to join the AISE Charter we were, in 2008, the first company in the cleaning industry to join the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers programme. We were also a founding member of the WWF Global Water Roundtable in 2009.
More than a decade ago we set ourselves some demanding sustainability targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, water use and waste across our own business. We met these well ahead of schedule so in 2018 we announced a new set of targets which we expect to meet by 2025.
In addition to the progress we have made as a business, we also offer a comprehensive range of products and equipment that help our customers to make their own cleaning operations more sustainable: our market-leading ultra-concentrated products and controlled dosing systems minimise waste; we have been offering eco-labelled products for over 20 years; our TASKI cleaning machines use less water and energy than conventional alternatives; we offer products that allow cleaning with water alone.
The Revised AISE Charter 2020+
The AISE has revised its Charter 2020+ so that companies can be even more effective in driving sustainability across the cleaning and hygiene industry.
Streamlined and engaging. The new Charter is streamlined, lighter and optimised to improve accessibility and offer added benefits to members.
Modernised and appealing. The new Charter marks have high impact and are appealing, backed by extensive consumer testing.
Relevant and responsive. Sustainable development is important and is getting higher on the political agenda – the Charter stimulates and guides sustainable progress.
Complete and innovation-friendly. The Charter is the most complete sustainability scheme for steering best practice for the cleaning and hygiene industry in Europe.
Proven and recognised. The Charter has a proven track record of delivering tangible improvements in environmental performance.
The AISE Charter aims to offer the most complete sustainability scheme for steering best practice for the cleaning and hygiene industry. Therefore it helps organisations to continue delivering tangible improvements in environmental performance. The Charter has been a great success since 2005 and now covers around 90% of the industry’s production in Europe. The AISE aggregates KPI reports from Charter member companies. In doing so, the reports demonstrate the remarkable achievements made by participants, including Diversey.
About AISE: AISE is the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products. Based in Brussels, it has been the voice of the industry to EU regulators for over 65 years. Membership consists of 29 national associations across Europe, 17 corporate members and 11 value chain partners. Through this extensive network, A.I.S.E. represents over 900 companies supplying household and professional cleaning products and services across Europe.
We believe the TASKI AERO tub vacuum cleaner is the quietest and most energy-efficient machine currently available on the professional cleaning market. The four models in the range produce only 53dB(A) of sound and utilise just 585W of electrical power in standard mode. But they produce as much cleaning suction as machines rated at 1000W or more. In “eco” mode they produce just 50dB(A) and consume a mere 295W. On energy savings alone, they can pay for themselves in under three years.
The range is available in thirteen- and fifteen-litre tank capacity models, both with mid-class and performance versions. It meets demand for vacuums that comply with the stringent sound and energy limits specified in EU Regulations EU665/2013 and EU666/2013, in force since September 2017.
The TASKI AERO vacuum’s revolutionary design ensures the maximum amount of air is used to create the all-important suction at the cleaning head. By redesigning the machine’s internal airways, TASKI engineers eliminated the obstructions, constrictions and potential points of leakage that reduce efficiency and produce unnecessary noise. Adding newly-designed components and ultra-efficient electric motor further boosted efficiency and cut noise. This combination of patented designs and components is called “whisper technology”.
Trials show TASKI AERO vacuums in typical professional settings will consume around £30 less electricity a year than conventional machines. This means a TASKI AERO will pay for itself in less than three years – representing the most competitive total cost of ownership package available.
The latest addition to the TASKI AERO range is our new TASKI AERO BACKPACK vacuum cleaner. This can be carried comfortably as a portable electric model but is also available in a battery powered version for the ultimate in agility and convenience. Its unique 3-in-1 capability allows it to be used as a backpack vacuum, tub vacuum or as a blower.
The compact portable design makes the TASKI AERO BP ideal for cleaning areas that are difficult to access with conventional equipment. These include busy entrances and congested schools, office buildings or public transport. The battery model offers ultimate performance in high circulation areas, or anywhere the presence of the public makes safety a priority, because there are no trailing power leads.
The TASKI AERO BP is among the lightest backpack vacuums. Its ultra-slim profile and high-quality rucksack material make it extremely comfortable to carry. The near-perfect weight distribution across the user’s back ensures maximum comfort. The overall weight of the electric version is just 4.7kg, while the battery version barely exceeds this at 5.3kg.
Lithium battery technology gives users the confidence of high flexibility and autonomy. The TASKI AERO BP Lithium model can be fully recharged in as little as 90 minutes and has a runtime of 30 minutes. This effectively means it offers limitless autonomy. The electric version has an A-rated energy classification and delivers an impressive 30ltr/sec of suction while the Lithium version delivers an effective rate of 22ltr/sec of suction.