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You can with Toucan

Tomorrow’s Cleaning Editor, Charlotte Taylor, looks at this year’s winner of the Eco/Green Products Innovation Award, Toucan-Eco...

It’s not often that I come across a product that draws me in the moment I see it, I have to be honest. We all know that the cleaning industry isn’t the most glamorous of industries and that the true benefits of cleaning products are usually found in the results. But once every so often, I see a product that hits me on all levels. From looks all the way down to quality.

When I first came across Toucan-Eco, which was only very recently launched at The Cleaning Show in March, I felt a serious sense of déjà vu. The product before took me back to days of wacky chemistry experiments at secondary school – in a good way.

The luminous blue device before me seemed as though it was better suited to a science fiction movie, rather than a cleaning exhibition. But I could believe my eyes, it was definitely there and I couldn’t wait to

find out how it worked. Luckily enough for me, Oliver Weisflog, of Centrego Ltd, the manufacturer of Toucan-Eco, took a moment, amidst a very busy stand, to give me a demonstration...

So readers, meet the Toucan-Eco - a genuinely innovative product promising a whole new way of cleaning, using two easily accessible household items: salt and water.

This fantastic product uses ElectroChemical Activation (ECA) technology to produce a highly effective, desk-top, on-demand, activated disinfectant and cleaning solution. Sounds technical doesn’t it? I can almost hear you asking: How?

The Toucan Eco comes as a set, which comprises of a 550ml trigger spray and 1.1 litre jug, plus the magical 12volt activating unit, which emits tiny amounts of electricity, converting tap water and salt to something completely different.

Following instructions, using the included measuring apparatus, the cleaning fluid produced in just two minutes. This in itself is a wonder to watch, as in seconds of the device being activated, small bubbles start to rise to the surface as the product glows in all its blue glory. Once complete, it emits a short beep and is then ready to use. You wouldn’t notice any change in the solution apart from the slight smell of chlorine.

This is where it gets better, because, once ready, the product can be applied with the trigger spray included, or it can be made in the jug for larger applications or simply to have available. There isn’t a limit.

The main benefits of this fantastic innovation are to be found in the cost and carbon footprint. Tap water and salt are all locally available and when activated, there are no harmful by-products. The generation of the

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solution is onsite, eliminating the need for the transport and storage necessary for traditional chemicals. There are no containers or packaging to dispose of.

Oliver actually used regular salt bought from his local supermarket, which, when converted to a cost per litre, is approximately £0.02! In addition, there are no procurement, delivery, storage, inventory and disposal costs.

Technology, for all its innovativeness, needn’t be scary – it usually makes our working lives easier, so I say embrace it. When it comes to ease of use, Toucan-Eco, while it appears very technical and exciting, is very easy to use. This means that staff training is minimal – another added bonus.

The Toucan-Eco is designed for use wherever there is a requirement for the continuous use of cleaning and disinfectant agents in commercial, retail, medical and industrial facilities. With costs to a minimum, green credentials and innovation on its side, I predict big things for this product. You certainly can, with Toucan.

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