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CLEANING Chicopee, a leading brand of speciality cleaning materials has launched Chicopee Microfibre Light, a cleaning cloth for the healthcare sector with a unique splittable 100% Microfibre structure that delivers superior cleaning performance.

Bidvest Foodservice, one of the UK’s leading foodservice providers (formerly Bidvest 3663) has adopted eSackTM, adding Polaris Plastics’ revolutionary new dispensing system and range of refuse sacks to the multiple solutions offered to customers.

Bidvest Foodservice supplies an extensive range of great food, ViVAS wines, beers and spirits and non- food and catering equipment through its sub-brand Bidvest Catering Supplies. The company is now actively selling the eSackTM range in medium and heavy duty, both available in black and clear.

Polaris Plastics’ eSackTM range was designed with the environment and efficiency at the forefront. With a wall mounted fixed dispenser and a portable integrated dispenser in the range, eSackTM is making the messy flat packed systems that have dominated the market for the past 30 years a thing of the past. Users of eSackTM can now dispense with the mess with the CHSA accredited refuse sacks. Available within the range are light, medium and heavy duty sacks, as well as pedal and swing bin liners.

Explaining why he selected the range and has added it to the companies’ portfolio, Dan Mills Category Buyer at Bidvest Foodservice said the eSackTM range is well suited to the


Designed for short-term use, Microfibre Light removes 99.99% of microbes and the need to launder cloths, reducing the time spent by cleaning staff on non value added tasks. Unlike traditional cloths, it also removes bacteria without chemicals.

The distinctive design and construction of the splittable Microfibre Light ensures that bacteria are trapped in the cloth and not released onto the next surface wiped.

Known as the ‘capillary effect’, Microfibre Light’s fibres act like a magnet, removing and trapping bacteria until released. This is because they are positively charged - whilst bacteria, dirt and dust are negatively charged – consequently they are all attracted to the cloth.

catering market: “For hygiene and health and safety reasons, many of our customers want to get cardboard out of the kitchen,” he said, “and with eSackTM they can do exactly that. The sacks are kept neat and tidy for easy dispensing when needed, which is a real help in a busy kitchen.

“The on-a-roll format is common in kitchens, with sundries like foil, film and wiping paper being dispensed in this way. This is the first of its kind for refuse sacks on industrial premises. The benefits are that it’s quick and easy to dispense refuse sacks and cardboard is taken out of the kitchen, making it possible to keep the area tidy.

One of the most challenging tasks facing healthcare cleaning professionals is keeping important areas of a facility clean and free from contamination. A recent study by the American Journal of Infection Control found that 93% of Microfibre cloths tested, that were used to clean hospital rooms after being laundered, still contained dangerous levels of bacteria like E.Coli.

Biolab tests in the UK have also shown that traditional cloths transferred 32% of microbes collected from one surface to the next, whilst Microfibre transferred 0%.

James Taylor, director of product marketing at Chicopee said: “By using Microfibre Light for short term periods healthcare cleaning professionals can be confident that bacteria will be removed from surfaces and risks of cross contamination, that can lead to Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) and Community Associated Infections (CAI’s), are significantly reduced.”

“Being non-gusseted and with a very strong seal makes the sacks leak proof and also more hygienic.”

Bidvest Foodservice was also attracted by the environmental credentials of the eSackTM range and the quality assurance provided by its CHSA accreditation. The sacks are manufactured from 100% recycled polythene and are accredited within the CHSA’s Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme for Plastic Refuse Sacks, which guarantees customers get what they pay for.

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