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Our MANUDISH range of dishwashing detergents is now official Cradle to Cradle GOLD-certified, bringing our Greencare® portfolio to over 20 Cradle to Cradle certified products.

COVID-19 has catalysed the demand for effective, environmentally friendly cleaners. With the use of hazardous disinfecting products at record heights, users are increasingly seeking a greener alternative to their standard cleaning products. Cleaning teams and facilities management companies want products that are productive, efficient and, most of all, safe for their cleaners and the environment.

The importance of green products has never been clearer. Cleaning teams are exposed daily to hazardous cleaning products, and as cleaning times increase, the risk of illness, asthma or even lung damage becomes a very real possibility. Users are educating themselves to better understand what is in their cleaning products, and are confident that greener cleaning products are the safer choice.

That’s where our MANUDISH range fits in. Providing fast, intensive cleaning at a low dosage, it’s not just environmentally-friendly, but safe for people too. All products are free of toxic, harmful and hazardous substances; manufactured from natural materials; plastic and microplastic free and packaged in bottles made from up to 100% recycled material.

It’s the reason why Cradle to Cradle GOLD is one of the most prestigious sustainability accreditations, and with a growing number of brands, organisations and standards recognising Cradle to Cradle as their preferred product standard for responsible purchasing decisions, we’re excited to be able to expand our Cradle to Cradle range still further.

About The Golden Winners

MANUDISH original:  Dishwashing detergent with strong grease and oil dissolving power, economical in use and also dermatologically tested.

MANUDISH neoSmart:  Double concentrated dishwashing detergent with strong grease dissolving power and easy and flexible dosing thanks to the membrane technology of the Smart bottle.

MANUDISH sensitive: Hypoallergenic hand dishwashing detergent. Free of fragrances and dyes, suitable for sensitive skin. The formulation is also CLP-free for maximum user safety.

MANUDISH essential: High-performance, fragrance-free hand dishwashing detergent. A highly concentrated formula with an active foam.

As part of our commitment to charitable causes, every year Arrow County Supplies selects a Charity Partner who become the focus of our company fundraising activities. The charities we support cover a wide range of causes, and many of these relate to circumstances that have directly touched the lives of our staff and friends. It’s another way in which we can support our team, and to us, every donation is a cause to celebrate.

This year, we’ve partnered with The Brain Tumour Charity.

Despite over 102,000 people currently living with a brain tumour, survival rates remain at just 11%. They are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40 – yet in spite of this, In spite of this, research into brain tumours receives less than 3% of all cancer research funding.

The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families, funding pioneering research, and provide essential support for those affected to improve quality of life. They rely 100% on voluntary donations and we’re passionate about supporting this charity to drive forward cancer research, treatments and cure.

That’s why we turned the sale of our company jackets into an Arrow-wide charity initiative, with all proceeds going directly to The Brain Tumour Charity. So far, we’ve raised over £460 – an incredible achievement that the team should be hugely proud of.

And this is just the beginning! We’ve got lots more exciting activities that we can’t wait to launch – just watch this space.

To learn more about this charity and the amazing work they do, click here.

View our letter of thanks here.

Proud to be supporting the team at KFC UK as they take part in the Great British Spring Clean!

 

Over the last year, our outdoor spaces have proved themselves more essential than ever before and keeping them tidy has never been more important. This year, we’re proud to support KFC as they take part in the Great British Spring Clean campaign.

 

KFC restaurants across the country already undertake daily litter picks, but Tuesday 1st June saw all KFC teams and restaurants across the country take part in a national litter pick to tackle the litter problem around restaurants. It’s a great initiative, and a commitment that we’re excited to support.

 

Together, we’re keeping Britain tidier.

Arrow County are proud to announce that we have been awarded a Silver EcoVadis Medal, placing Arrow County in the 92nd percentile of over 75,000 companies assessed by EcoVadis.

EcoVadis is the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence, and collaborative performance improvement tools for global supply chains.

Head of Operations Marc Bailey commented:

“As a team, we were absolutely delighted to achieve the Silver Medal in our first assessment. The fact our work in sustainability has been officially recognised by EcoVadis is a huge achievement, and it doesn’t stop here – we’ve already starting work to achieve Gold standard in the very near future!”

This prestigious rating recognises our continued focus on providing a more sustainable way of working in an industry typically associated with harmful chemical and plastic use. The Ecovadis Silver Award is a great complement to our existing ISO14001 accreditation, and a fantastic way to recognise the hard work our team has been putting in to get this far.

We’re committed to developing a line of alternative products that reduce packaging waste, chemical use and plastic content, and our EcoVadis assessment has been a huge help in identifying further ways to develop our sustainability performance. Even better, we’re now able to share this result with our customers, and use our insight in sustainable practice to help build new relationships nationwide.

 

The benefits of a fast and effective cleaning routine are becoming increasingly meaningful. With cleaning times up by over 20% since 2020 and use of cleaning chemicals at a record high, the challenge of maintaining a cleaning routine that is not only effective but cost-effective is real.

Add to this the growing issue of sustainability, and you are faced with solving one of the industry’s greatest challenges – but with our Quick & Easy range, anyone can. Quick & Easy has taken a market requirement for powerful, practical, and eco-friendly products and delivered on every count, allowing our customers to reduce their carbon footprint while boosting the efficacy of their own cleaning routines. Here’s how:

It has an automatic, mobile dosing system

Have you ever been frustrated with team efficiency when it comes to cleaning multiple environments and re-dosing? Or are your dosing methods causing you to over-use cleaning chemicals? With Quick & Easy, the trigger spray system automatically doses every spray, ensuring exact, accurate dosing for every operative (no training required!).

It eliminates walks back to the store cupboard

The built-in water cartridge (part of the automatic dosing system) can be refilled anywhere – eliminating unnecessary trips to central dosing stations and allowing truly ‘on the go’ cleaning. And once in, the cartridge is ‘closed’, meaning you use fresh, uncontaminated water every time – avoiding cross-contamination across cleaning environments.

It improves the health of your staff and clients

CLP-free in application, the foam spray ensures that the any risk of inhalation is eliminated – and with an estimated 32% of cleaners suffering from respiratory illness, this could not be more important. As part of our Greencare range, all chemicals are 100% safe for people and nature, giving you (and your cleaning workforce) peace of mind.

One reusable trigger spray head cleans more than one area

With a choice of six multipurpose concentrates, Quick & Easy is truly an all-in-one cleaning solution. Each can be carried around in our tailored Quick and Easy belt, meaning with just one reusable trigger spray head you can clean your entire facility – helping consolidate chemical ranges, minimise potentially hazardous chemical storage and reduce cleaning costs, guaranteeing the supply of essential chemicals.

It eliminates chemical waste

When manually dosing chemicals, the unused product must be thrown away at the end of a given period, meaning cleaning teams can inadvertently accumulate a huge amount of chemical waste. Here, with chemicals dosed spray-by-spray, no chemical is wasted – and with each cartridge covering over 1130m2, it has a huge impact. Additionally, unlike most chemicals, the foam application means no chemical is lost as ‘mist’ into the air.

It is truly ‘green’

Quick & Easy is Cradle to Cradle GOLD standard – a new standard of environmental sustainability that seeks not simply to remove environmental harm but eliminate it. Every aspect of the product, from sourcing to manufacture, is 100% eco-friendly and, thanks to our unique Greensavings® calculator, you can track the improvements to your carbon footprint too!

Want to know more? Our friendly team are here to help – simply contact [email protected] or phone 01743 283600 with your enquiry. And remember, for April only, you can get 50% off your Quick & Easy starter pack…

There has been a steady rise in public concern about the environment with many organisations moving to eco friendly cleaning products, but do they deliver spotless cleaning results?

In 2014, the Guardian reported that Eco-friendly cleaning is trending in the commercial sector and this has proved to be the case with more and more cleaning companies advertising eco-friendly cleaning services 1.

What does eco-friendly really mean? In cleaning products, there are several standards that are claimed to represent true eco-friendly cleaning but these differing endorsements can be confusing and mean very different things in terms of eco standards. Most eco-friendly cleaning solutions contain chemicals, but are still very environmentally friendly as the solutions are made up of natural resources and they address the way the whole product is manufactured, rather than just the solution within.

Cradle to cradle eco-friendly cleaning products

The most rigorous standard for measuring the environmental impact of products is called cradle to cradle.

Quality is defined by five criteria categories:-

Material Health

Product ingredients are inventoried throughout the supply chain and evaluated for impact on human and environmental health. The criteria at each level build towards the expectation of eliminating all toxic and unidentified chemicals and becoming nutrients for a safe, continuous cycle.

Material Reutilisation

Products are designed either to biodegrade safely as a biological nutrient or to be recycled into new products as a technical nutrient. At each level continued progress must be made towards increasing the recovery of materials and keeping them in continuous cycles.

Renewable Energy and Carbon Management

The criteria at each level build towards the expectation of carbon neutrality and powering all operations with 100% renewable energy.

Water Stewardship

Processes are designed to regard water as a precious resource for all living things. At each level, progress is made towards cleaning up effluent to drinking water standards.

Social Fairness and Biodiversity

Company operations are designed to celebrate all people and natural systems and progress is made towards having a wholly beneficial impact on the people and the planet.

 

A true eco-friendly commercial cleaning product

So, what we are looking for is safe, green, powerful, practical, cost effective eco-friendly commercial cleaning products that are as effective as anything we use today. Cradle to cradle ensures these products exist and are readily available today such as the Quick and Easy range of eco-friendly cleaning solutions.  Quick & Easy, complies to the new standard of environmental sustainability – Cradle to Cradle certification. All of Quick & Easy’s ingredients are safe for people and nature, containing ingredients from plant origin with proven high biodegradability and manufactured with 100% renewable energy.

The products are proven to be just as powerful as any traditional chemical cleaners.

Eco-friendly commercial cleaning products

We all have a responsibility to the planet and sustainability is increasingly an issue in all of our daily lives, both personally and professionally. Certain issues about eco-friendly cleaning and eco cleaning products have become the popular understandings of cleaning sustainability and these issues, although probably once with some foundation, are no longer true and it’s time to consign them to history.

They cost more

Once a cleaning organisation starts to measure its true costs (through costs in use) and stops measuring by price alone then a reasoned debate can be held about the relative costs of various inputs such as cleaning chemicals. It is true that non-eco cleaning products on average have slightly lower price points however the value story goes much deeper than that.

If we look at the situation holistically, eco cleaning products can provide a greater economic benefit than traditional chemical cleaners because they reduce labour costs and protect surfaces and buildings over time.

Chemical cleaning products are only effective during the few seconds of actual cleaning. Following cleaning, the surfaces start to become soiled again, requiring more frequent cleaning leading to higher labour costs and more chemical usage.

Eco cleaning products have beneficial bacteria that continue to breakdown soiling on the surface area after cleaning, leading to less frequent applications and all cleaned areas look cleaner for longer.

They don’t work as well

It has long been thought by many that eco-friendly cleaning products are not as effective as traditional cleaning chemicals.

Let’s cut to the chase. Both eco-friendly cleaning products and non-eco-friendly ones use chemicals that are effective. The difference is that non-eco-friendly cleaning products use manufactured chemicals that occur naturally in our environment whereas traditional cleaning chemicals are formulated in a lab. Most traditional cleaning chemical cocktails have formulated surfactants which helps to disperse dirt and grime. These surfactants however do not naturally break down and cause problems further down the line when they have washed away with wastewater. The natural surfactants in eco-friendly cleaning products degrade naturally once discarded. So cleaning efficacy is powerful and comparable with eco-friendly products with the added sustainability advantages.

Eco-friendly cleaning products are a great area of innovation and new ideas are being brought to market all the time such as foam spray heads on dispensers for exact dosing, reducing overuse and cost.

They are not backed by research or standards

Eco-friendly cleaning products are no longer a niche area for small altruistic start-up businesses. The big manufacturers have realised that there are large future markets for these products and are starting to invest heavily in research and development. This means that today’s eco-friendly cleaning products are probably some of the most advanced cleaning agents available in terms of research investment.

Industry standards are progressing as well to take into account the whole lifecycle of the products including transport and packaging. This new standard “cradle to cradle” is what to look out for to guarantee real sustainable credentials.

In short, pre-conceived ideas need to be updated, eco-friendly commercial cleaning can be cheaper with more advanced well-researched products, delivering comparable cleaning performance and a sustainable future for us all.

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There are two key “green” standards that are regularly used by product manufacturers “Ecolabel” and “Cradle to Cradle” but how green are they and what do they really mean?

What is Ecolabel?

Ecolabel is a EU government backed labelling scheme primarily for food and consumer items, but is sometimes used for commercial products such as cleaning products. The Ecolabel is a voluntary accreditation available to show that a product meets the EU environmental government regulations.  Companies adopting this standard are either manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, or retailers”.  As an EU standard, with Brexit looming, Ecolabel could become less relevant in the UK?

In recent years, in addition to government schemes like Ecolabel there have been a number of “green” labels all attempting to create the impression that these products are 100% eco-friendly. However, there are significantly varying standards and requirements across these various marks.

How green is Ecolabel?

Industries are slowly becoming aware that environmental concerns must be taken seriously. The Ecolabel is a recognised symbol and this acts as a benefit for the products and manufactures. Yet, a product with the Ecolabel sticker doesn’t have to be 100% green but can have green “elements” or just one element. Typically, this is around the biodegradability of the chemicals and often whether the waste water contains surfactants. Once the Ecolabel is granted the applicant must keep their products up to date and ensue they are taking the responsibility promised on the packaging.

What is Cradle to Cradle?

Cradle to Cradle takes a more holistic approach across the products life-cycle. It’s an independent standard and the ethos of the company is to offer 100% Eco-friendly cleaning products. It aims to ensure an “optimistic agenda for the continuous support around social issues, environmental and economic concerns”. The Cradle to Cradle standard has created five key categories used to highlight all green commercial elements.

Cradle to Cradle Categories

  1. Material Health – Recyclable packaging
  2. Material Reutilization – Using only natural ingredients for the cleaning agents
  3. Renewable Energy and Carbon Management
  4. Water Stewardship -Using water responsibly protecting rivers and streams.
  5. Social Fairness – Exposure of people working with/coming into contact with the products

These five aspects are fundamental parts of the Cradle to Cradle standards and their total requirement ensures all products are carefully and completely considered. One of the most important things to remember is that going green often can save money.

If you’re still unsure or haven’t taken steps to become a greener organisation, you are missing out on some excellent opportunities. Going green is not just a trend, sustainability is important, and it makes uncompromising economic sense. In 2014, Tesco announced that it will reduce emissions from stores and distribution centres by half in 2020 and that it will become a zero-carbon enterprise altogether by 2050. Companies such as Tesco, are not committing to environmental goals out of the goodness of their hearts, the reason for their actions is a simple yet powerful realisation that the environmental and economic footprints are most often aligned. In 2007 M&S started a sustainability initiative that predicted over time would cost them £200m, however by 2012 it had saved them £105m.

Get started on a sustainable path with these 6 simple benefits.

1. Improve Your Brand Image

Why wait? Go green today. Boost your brands image, get noticed and become a recognised green conscious brand. It’s an excellent opportunity for PR and Social Media campaigns. The public and businesses like to connect with organisations who support green values. A sustainable brand gains attraction and helps increase usage and revenue.

2. Build A Community

Going green is an excellent opportunity to build a sense of community around your organisation. Go and get your locals involved, it’s a great way to attract customers to your establishment. Send out newsletters and e-mails to give your customers or visitors a chance to support your green inducements.

3. Safer Working

By using eco-friendly cleaning products, instead of frequently exposing your staff to chemical cleaning solutions, offers greater long term staff protection and shows them you care about them. Making a change to your cleaning chemical usage improves air quality and forms a safer working environment.

4. Increased Productivity

Living a healthier lifestyle increases your productivity, when your staff feel good they work harder and faster. Green products make people feel happier, and a sense of accomplishment is felt when doing something positive for the environment.

5. Be a Thought Leader

When your organisation decides to go green, you set a high standard for others to follow. Becoming sustainable is an excellent opportunity to take the lead. You can introduce new practices and get a head start on your competition. You can begin to separate yourself from others who are in the same industry as you. Thought leadership allows you to educate those in your industry, giving support when needed.

6. Make A Saving

Organisations are always battling with their budget constraints; however, an excellent money-saving tactic is using green cleaning and hygiene products. Green cleaning solutions last longer and make a positive difference to the environment. Going green is a smart strategy and many rewards are often reaped from making this choice.

By now you understand the economic benefits to green cleaning, but if you still need convincing, have a look at our guide to 7 Surprising Business Benefits of Adopting More Sustainable Cleaning Regimes.

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Many cleaning products present themselves as ecologically safe, selling in bulk to large organisations. However, not all products are as comprehensively eco-friendly as we are lead to believe.

Here at Arrow County, we want to show you what it truly means to go green and the benefits to your staff when you do.

Safe for the Environment and Safe for You?

Organisations use products labelled as eco-friendly sometimes unaware that these products possess some of the same harmful chemicals that are in non-eco-friendly products. Frequent usage and exposure of such chemicals without personal protective equipment (PPE) can carry health risks over a long period.

True sustainability requires manufacturers to take into consideration the complete production cycle, as well as the products’ ingredients. By considering each stage of production carefully, producers can minimise negative impacts on the environment and risks to those coming into regular contact with these cleaning products.

A significant number of eco-friendly labelled cleaner solution producers have not considered the impacts that their products have on human wellbeing any more than products not marketed as sustainable. However sincere eco-friendly products are not harmful and protect those using them frequently.

Additionally, over the years, green products have sometimes gained a misplaced understanding that “eco-friendly” means expensive and less effective. These concepts have become difficult to dismiss making it challenging to buy into going eco-friendly.

So, Should You Go Green?

Certainly!

There are products that meet environmental standards to a high degree in a holistic sense. These products conform to higher industry green standards such as the “Cradle to Cradle” standard which is a great way to look out for genuine green and authentically sustainable products. These products do measure and reduce risks to staff exposure over the long term. Ultimately, going green can be cost appropriate and effective for your organisation.

Understanding the differences in varying eco-friendly standards is a must to making sure you protect the environment and your staff.

We will be highlighting these differences between these emerging industry standards in a future blog in a few weeks’ time.

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