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Let the sun shine

Tomorrow’s Cleaning Editor, Charlotte Taylor, reports from the press event to launch Selden Research’s solar

energy system. If it wasn’t physically impossible, you would have thought that Selden had the sun bought in for the launch of their new solar energy system; the sun was shining brightly over the Buxton-based headquarters, so much so that I wish I had thought to bring a little suncream. Boarding the cherry picker, hired especially for the occasion (for wimps like me who did not fancy taking a ladder up to the roof), I was met with a stunning view of the surrounding Derbyshire countryside and the dazzling beams of the newly installed solar panels; shining like silver in the sun.

Selden has made a £250,000 investment in

solar energy, which covers almost 1,500m² (1,794 sq yards) of roof space above Selden’s factory, offices and warehouse. This is one of the largest installations in the North of England and Selden is believed to be the first professional cleaning sector manufacturer to make such a large-scale commitment to on-site solar energy.

More than 165 tonnes of CO₂ emissions will be saved every year thanks to the new

solar installation. The panels, which use the latest thin-film technology and high-tech photovoltaic cells, operate in weak daylight and rain as well as the strong sunshine experienced at the launch.

The photovoltaic cells used at the Derbyshire plant have been produced by one of the world’s leading solar energy companies, Q-Cells and installation was undertaken by Preston-based iGen Energy, who were present at the day; applying the finishing touches to the installation.

This green approach goes hand in hand with Selden’s product ranges too. The clean electricity generated by sunlight is sufficient to power the filling lines for all pouch refills used in Selden’s new environmentally- considerate So System hand care dispensers, enabling zero carbon production of pouch refills for So System foaming soaps, skin cleansers and skin sanitisers.

Selden will soon be celebrating the launch of its super-concentrate pouch refills, for Selden’s new controlled-dose IQ dispenser system, which are due to be available later this summer.

I was lucky enough to be shown around by Sales Director, Mark Woodhead, who told me a little bit more about the decision

to boost their green credentials.

“As an industry whose products ensure everyone can live and work in a clean environment, our use of on-site clean energy to help make them is a natural step. We hope others will follow our lead.

“Selden’s ongoing commitment to innovation and the environment has been a key part of our success in recent years. We believe continuing to invest like this, even through the hard times, will pay dividends in terms of demonstrating consistent brand values as the economy recovers.”

“Environmental protection remains a key issue for all of us. Through innovation in both our manufacturing techniques and in our products themselves, Selden has made major contributions in recent years.

“For example, our solar energy outlay follows on from the £1million investment we made in bulk raw ingredient storage tanks to minimise levels of in-bound raw material transportation and associated packaging, while our new concentrate product lines require far less packaging and far fewer outward delivery journeys.”

“In addition, we’ve reduced production waste by reclaiming and reprocessing chemicals from tank washings. The small amount of washings content that can’t be reclaimed is broken down in our bio-reactor, which uses natural processes to biodegrade the residue into water and air.”

It sounds like Selden has a clean, green and very bright future ahead of it.

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