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A greener future


Dominic Ponniah, CEO of Cleanology, discusses how the company aims to improve their sustainability in 2020 and beyond.


Cleanology aspires to be a truly sustainable business. This means not only ensuring that employees follow environmental practices and policies – we also innovate and consider the whole lifecycle of every product, material or fuel we introduce to our business.


In 2019, we have been trialling recycled uniforms, reducing our usage of single use plastics, and expanding our scheme to cut our fuel emissions.


Raising Standards


ISO 14001 calls for efficient record-keeping and scrutiny. Monitoring and measuring has provided a useful tool for setting realistic goals, meeting those goals, and planning ahead in the right areas.


As well as our own site audits, we have been using an online portal developed by our waste management firm, which is enabling us to view site-wide statistics on waste and recycling.


Recycled uniforms


In 2019, we trialled our first recycled uniform cut from a cloth made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. Following the success of the trial, we are now rolling out production to supply cleaning operatives with 2000 branded polo shirts and 1000 branded sweatshirts over the next year.


Each polo shirt is made from around two bottles, while sweatshirts use around three bottles each. In total, this will save 7000 bottles from landfill in 2020 and reduce the need for energy and resources used to manufacture new clothing.


This is an industry-first initiative which places Cleanology at the forefront of environmental awareness and innovation.


Chemical-free


Chemical cleaning solutions are invisible to the human eye but, once they are washed down drains, they find their way into streams and rivers, contaminating the water. The effects range from triggering algae growth to affecting reproduction in animals and fish.


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Tests have also shown that people regularly exposed to harmful cleaning products demonstrate reduced lung function. Cleanology has advocated chemical-free cleaning for many years, and is now almost chemical-free across its entire portfolio.


Reducing waste


Cleanology is committed to reducing waste – particularly plastic waste – across its business activities. As part of our commitment to improvement, we have also addressed portion control. We were the first in Europe to introduce portion-controlled biological cleaning sachets; we now save 16,092L of cleaning solution a year and have cut plastic bottle use from 21,600 to 600 per year.


This year has also seen a focus on reducing paper use, with a dramatic fall of 33,000 sheets of paper each year. This represents a year-on-year improvement – in 2017-18, we reduced paper usage by 11%; in 2017-18 it was 20%. This year’s improvement came after we switched to e-invoices for clients. We had already switched to e-payslips for staff, so this was the obvious next step.


Fuel and energy


We measure fuel usage by monitoring data from mileage reports and fuel invoices. Since switching to an all-hybrid fleet, we saw a dramatic fall in fuel use. This year, we have seen a reduction in fuel usage by 25.6%. However, we feel there is still room for improvement.


Staff awareness


On-site effectiveness often depends on staff buy-in, so we make it clear to employees, and aim to inspire them, to improve on environmental performance. We regularly survey staff to assess the level of environmental awareness and in 2019, this improved from 69% in 2018, to 81%.


We aim to reach 90% by 2020, and plan to implement the employee survey on a more regular basis, to keep better track of environmental awareness among employees.


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