Eco-friendly technology

Robert Scott discusses new innovations in the Toucan Eco range, the sustainable way to clean without toxic chemicals and single-use plastic.

More and more FM, cleaning contractors and in-house maintenance teams are being tasked with introducing sustainable cleaning practices to reduce their organisation’s carbon footprint. This includes initiatives such as energy reduction, plastic-free and recycling schemes.

To support these drives, at Interclean 2018 Robert Scott introduced the Toucan Eco, a bio-cleaning system that helps reduce chemical and plastic bottle use by well over 80%.

Toucan Eco uses just three components to create an environmentally-friendly sanitiser: water, salt and electricity – and that’s it. Salt is dissolved in water and electrochemically activated by applying a small electrical current, using a specialised electrolysis cell. This produces hypochlorous acid – an effective disinfectant – and a low concentration of sodium hypochlorite which, combined with a gentle increase in pH, acts as a cleaner.

The solution, which is produced on-site, is safe, non- toxic, non-allergenic and environmentally friendly and significantly reduces plastic waste while saving money. The ROI averages at around 12 months, after which point the solution is virtually free to make.

Stringent tests undertaken at the University of West England have shown that Toucan Eco is 99.999% effective against all forms of microorganisms with very fast contact time and virtually no regrowth, making it the ideal eco- friendly alternative to harsh chemicals.

Early adopters of Toucan Eco include the likes of Somerset House of London, where the system is saving £3000 and 1800 plastic bottles a year, proving that there is an alternative to synthetic chemicals to disinfect and clean while reducing the use of single-use plastic bottles.

In order to provide a solution for users no matter how big or small, Robert Scott, working with manufacturer Centrego, is introducing two new models that will be officially launched


at the upcoming Manchester Cleaning Show 2020: Toucan Eco Active Plus and Toucan Eco Flow.

The Toucan Eco Active Plus offers a solution for medium to large facilities. With twice the capacity of the Toucan Eco Active, it produces 20L of multipurpose sanitiser in one activation, which takes only 40 minutes. This is then poured into bottles and buckets using the dilution dispensers.

The top of the range Toucan Eco Flow model supplies an on-demand sanitising solution that’s practically on-tap, making the Toucan Eco Flow is ideal for large buildings, facilities and production plants.

With this new model, the solution is made automatically, and the only thing the end-user needs to do is periodically fill-up the brine tank with salt tablets – the touchscreen on the device lets you know when this is needed. Again, the diluted solution is dispensed into bottles and buckets.

The range also includes the smaller Toucan Eco III, which makes a litre in five minutes and is suited for trialling and small businesses such as bars, cafes and shops. Toucan Eco Active is designed for medium-sized cleaning areas and makes 10L in around 20 minutes. All models are virtually maintenance-free and can be self-installed.

Steve Courtney, Product Specialist at Robert Scott, said: “Toucan Eco is great for busy environments which demand a quick, effective cleaning regime, but especially where green credentials are important or harsh cleaning products aren’t suitable. However, as it’s becoming increasingly important to reduce our carbon footprint, this technology is now becoming mainstream.”

Robert Scott is the UK’s sole distributor of Toucan Eco, the revolutionary green technology, to the cleaning industry. For more information on the range, visit the website below.

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