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Sustaining sustainability


As the world overcomes the worst of the coronavirus crisis, Joanne Gilliard, CEO of Jangro, says that companies must now put sustainability back at the forefront of their business.


Throughout the pandemic, sustainability has consistently remained part of our general awareness. Indeed, during the first lockdown, it became a real talking point. With more people working from home and fewer vehicles on the road, there were signs that air pollution and CO2 emissions dropped and wild animals even began roaming on quiet, empty streets in towns and cities.


However, at the same time came an increased demand for single use and disposable products. This is understandable – and necessary – given the threat of coronavirus, but, sadly, completely at odds with the mantra to ‘Reuse, Reduce, Recycle’ and the global movement against plastic waste.


As the world begins to overcome the worst of the crisis, embracing sustainable business practices and using more environmentally friendly products will once again rise to the top of the agenda. This is a must for businesses in the cleaning sector – an industry whose day-to-day operations and many of the products used inevitably impact on the environment. As a responsible supplier, this is something Jangro is passionate about.


That’s why we are proud to be part of a CHSA (Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association) sub-committee, which was recently formed to focus on this very issue. The initiative covers product, packaging, transportation, wellbeing and ethics, as well as a corporate approach to emissions, waste, and water.


The intention is to provide CHSA’s wide range of members with practical advice, guidance, and examples of good practice to encourage their businesses and supply chains to have a balanced approach to sustainability as well as supporting continuous, identifiable improvements over the long term.


28 | FEATURE Performance vs sustainability


At the same time, the need to control the transmission of COVID-19 must continue to be a high priority. In the early months of 2020, the focus unquestionably shifted towards performance, because, quite simply, it doesn’t matter how environmentally friendly a product is if it is not effective against germs and viruses. The need for high quality products, whose efficacy against coronavirus has been scientifically proven, will remain.


This is critical in the fight against the spread of infection, but is also important from a commercial viewpoint. As restrictions are increasingly relaxed, consumers will want to be reassured that the places they go to are hygienically clean and safe.


However, now there is such a wide range of products available that businesses don’t have to choose between the two. Purchasers can choose solutions that are both effective AND that have been designed with the environment in mind, such as Jangro’s Enviro H6 General All Purpose Sanitiser, for example.


There is a heightened interest in green issues across all society, from school-aged children winning green Blue Peter badges for their environmental endeavours to the more extreme efforts by Extinction Rebellion protesters. As awareness continues to grow, so too will the demands on companies to make more sustainable choices.


Choosing a reputable, trusted supplier can help businesses make responsible decisions. We are working closely with our supply chain to develop innovations and products, which offer an effective and a more sustainable offering, to help our customers do just that.


www.jangro.net


(https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/22/world/air-pollution-reduction-cities-coronavirus-intl-hnk/index.html) (https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/10/coronavirus-empty-streets-around-the-world-are-attracting-wildlife.html)


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