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Carina Banks: biodegradable packaging for Schools cleaning contract.

SOLO, the schools cleaning contractor, is moving to the use of biodegradable packaging for the cleaning products it uses in our schools.

Can you believe we’re almost in the middle of January already? With the memory of the festive season rapidly fading and the weather getting a little frosty, it can only mean one thing – Spring is around the corner! There’s no time like the present to start planning for that spring deep-clean, and if one of your New Year’s resolutions was to try and be more conscious of your environmental impact, then the introduction of enviro soluble sachets to Wandsworth schools in the Solo cleaning contract could be just what you need to accomplish your goals.

With the shear quantity of cleaning products used as part of the contract it made sense that when offered the new packaging we jumped at the opportunity with the use of reusable dispensers and sachet-based refills.

The new products are environmentally friendly in a number of ways:

  • Safe – the new packaging results in a product that is 80% lighter, meaning that heavy lifting is a thing of the past.
  • Sustainable – With the use of reusable dispensers it results in a huge 70% reduction in packaging, and the 30% remaining is biodegradable.
  • Compact – Saves up to 37% in storage space compared to the old packaging.
  • The range of cleaning products itself is biodegradable and 100% phosphate free with 100% effective formulations. The entire range is manufactured to ISO 14001 / 9001 standards.

Sachets arrive in compact, sustainable, compostable packaging and can be used with refillable colour coded trigger spray bottles so there is no confusion over what refill is used with what dispenser. Just add water according to the preparation directions and go! Cinderella wishes she’d had it this easy. Who else could say that their kitchen degreaser is a 100% zero waste product?

To put the benefits in perspective Solo have calculated the following benefits across their contracts companywide:

  • A saving of almost 9 tons of plastic per year
  • The environmental impact of transporting the new packaging over the old is greatly reduced by a reduction of 121 metric tonnes in weight.

With the new year comes new beginnings; a warm welcome to the newest member of our team, Vendula Kredlova, who joined us as the new Contracts Officer from the start of January.

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