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By Nick Winstone, Co-Founder and MD of InnuScience UK
Perception in the cleaning industry is that to enhance product quality, and specifically, to ensure the greenest products possible, product costs will need to increase. This is a major challenge against an industry backdrop that is dominated by diminishing budgets and the need to reduce costs.
InnuScience – as a pioneering and established manufacturer of biotechnological cleaning products - understands this balance and prides itself on being able to demonstrate real life performance improvement and exceeding industry standards, whilst actually reducing the end-user’s chemical product spend.
There is a lot of hype and ‘green washing’ in the industry, in terms of what constitutes a ‘green’ or sustainable product – most of which is completely misleading. Quite simply, it comes down to what impact the product has on its people and the planet, and our stringent biodegradability benchmark, and strict Enviro Performance Standards underpin the green strength of our products, along with third party certifications from EU Ecolabel and N American Ecologo.
InnuScience, has placed a great emphasis on developing environmentally-friendly products and is committed to being an industry leader in the field of sustainable plastics. For years it has paved the way in plastic reduction, with its industry leading dilutions of 1:150 to 1:300 for most products, meaning one litre of InnuScience concentrate can make 150 to 300 litres of in use product.
We have a mission to shape the cleaning industry, one of these ways is through the use of recyclable plastics and particularly Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic (PCR). Already all our plastic bottles are made of sustainable plastic and we insist on all of our products possessing ultimate biodegradability of 99.99 per cent – according to OECD test 301 - being standard. Furthermore, all our products are either Ecologo or Ecolabel certified.
Our ‘family’ of sustainable packaging now comprises:
InnuScience sees this as the start of the sustainable packaging journey and is currently exploring a number of Zero waste packaging options.
Scotland’s School of Innovation will be the country’s first sustainable building designed and constructed using circular and eco-design principles, which are designed to minimise waste and capitalise on resources.
Pupils have even shadowed Balfour Beatty’s construction and design teams to learn about the process.One more example comes from Marymount International School, which uses smart lighting (which adjusts according to natural light levels) in its nature-inspired ‘Garden Rooms’ building.
I think we can all agree that facilities don’t need to just look the part; the environmental impact they are making is just as, or even more, important