Leading the sustainable cleaning revolution

We learn about how a simple, innovative solution championed by Robert Scott has been bringing sustainable benefits to commercial cleaning companies.

COVID-19 hugely impacted commercial cleaning, increasing the use of processes and products with a detrimental environmental impact that increased single use plastic waste, increased carbon emissions and chemical waste.

There is a more sustainable way to clean at a commercial scale. Hive Cleaning, a London-based commercial cleaning company, is a business on a mission to clean sustainably and aims to be one of the industry’s first carbon net zero cleaning companies.

In a recent webinar hosted by Robert Scott, Toucan Eco specialist Steve Courtney was joined by Louis Beaumont, Hive’s Managing Director, and Marc Kemp, Managing Director at cleaning distributor Futures Supplies, to discuss changes faced by the cleaning industry, and how innovation and sustainable technology help reduce environmental impact.

Marc explained: “Over the last 18 months it’s been a rollercoaster journey, with Brexit, COVID-19, and climate change impacting how we do business. Initially, we saw a huge increase in demand for single use products across every product line we supplied. It was a challenge to change the mindset of our customers, but the core of our business has always been sustainable cleaning products, so we were well placed to educate customers on products like the Toucan Eco range and its credentials.”

The technology behind the Toucan Eco range has been combined with manufacturing innovation to develop a product range — using just water, salt, and electricity — that could transform the future of cleaning. It’s also received EN certifications 14476 and 16777, proving its virucidal efficacy against coronaviruses.

Marc added: “Futures Supplies sold its first Toucan Eco unit back in 2015. It’s technology we’ve believed in for a long time and with its industry accreditation in place, it has the potential to become a huge disruptor. We want to provide the future of cleaning and offer our clients the best sustainable cleaning solutions, of which we think Toucan Eco is the most effective product currently on the market.”

Marc met Louis in 2018, and began distributing products to his company to support Louis’ ambition to make his cleaning business carbon net zero.


Louis continued: “Sustainability has been at the forefront of our business model from the outset. We wanted to build a company that would not only be successful, but would have minimal impact on the planet. Futures has been incredibly helpful as a service partner in generating new ideas and researching new products.

“From our clients’ perspective, we’ve seen a shift in the importance of the environment and how cleaning is done to ensure it has a low environmental impact, low toxicity, and improves air quality. We’ve also seen these elements become a more important part of tenders, not just focusing on cost, so it’s been positive to see a shift in business mindsets.

“Marc introduced us to Toucan Eco at the start of 2021 and we completed a trial with our team and clients. The biggest surprise was the adoption of Toucan Eco by end users. Being completely honest, it was the first time we’ve not had any issues with incorporating a new product, and our team’s feedback was that they much preferred using the Toucan Eco solution.

“The products we were already using were eco, chemical- free products, but this is the next sustainable step. We now don’t have any chemical miles because the equipment’s on site, we’ve massively reduced our plastic waste, and it’s the most effective, multi-purpose disinfectant cleaner we’ve ever used, which is the most important thing.”

Toucan Eco uses an electrical current to activate a solution of water and salt, creating hypochlorous acid, a disinfectant, and sodium hypochlorite at a mild pH, which is a gentle cleaner. As the Toucan Eco range is available in several different unit sizes from 350ml to 350L, it’s suitable for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

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