“Through guidance and support, our industry can still
provide consumers with the tools
and knowledge to make better green decisions.”
Time for a change Here, Evans Vanodine discuss how you can still go ‘green’, even during a pandemic.
There’s increasing pressure on businesses, consumers and end-users alike to go ‘green’, but the question that many ask is: how best do we do this?
As we evolve, sustainability is becoming increasingly prevalent in our day-to-day lives, impacting our decision- making processes. At Evans Vanodine, we understand the importance of helping to protect the environment but, as a responsible manufacturer operating in the chemical sector, we are aware of the impact we may have on the environment.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the spotlight has been on the cleaning industry to provide expertise, which we have done through teaching and sharing our knowledge. In the efforts to maintain good hygiene and help prevent cross contamination, however, we still believe that green cleaning and sustainability should be at the forefront of people’s minds. Through guidance and support, our industry can still provide consumers with the tools and knowledge to make better green decisions.
One of the biggest impacts on the environment at the moment is the huge increase in use of plastic, with so many bottles of disinfectant and hand sanitiser being used to help combat the virus. Evans has been promoting the reuse of plastic spray bottles and triggers by refilling from larger containers, as well as using super concentrates, such as the Evans e:dose range, through dedicated dosing systems to further reduce plastic consumption.
The use of social media has been invaluable in getting these messages across directly to end-users, with visuals, how-to videos and downloads. The added advantage of encouraging the reuse of containers is that it also helps with the current global shortage of bottles, triggers and pumps, caused by the pandemic.
The increase in demand for Coronavirus-effective products has seen a rush of new cleaning products come to market, many of which may not have the best green standards. When we consider the impact of products on the environment, we shouldn’t focus solely on the chemicals in the bottle, but factors from the whole manufacturing process.
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Evans’ in-house WEIR rating system, which measures the overall environmental impact of products, takes seven factors into consideration, which few other systems do, including the energy and water used to produce each product and packaging. Evans are continually taking steps to improve the sustainability of products, including implementing the use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content in packaging whilst complying with industry regulations and requirements.
One of the best ways for businesses to expand their green credentials is to join one of the many accreditation schemes/certifications which promote environmental awareness and sustainability. Schemes such as EU Ecolabel, Nordic Swan and Cradle to Cradle offer support to businesses and award accreditations to products and services meeting high environmental standards.
The Planet Mark is another such scheme, which recognises outstanding achievements, encourages action, and builds an empowered community of like-minded individuals. Unlike schemes which just certify products, becoming a member of The Planet Mark extends throughout the whole business; encompassing the manufacturing processes, waste management, recycling and energy saving practices.
This year Evans Vanodine became one the first chemical manufacturers to gain accreditation, committing to reduce our carbon footprint by 5% over the coming year. Recent environmental achievements have included ZERO waste to landfill with a recycling rate of 97%, reduction in our water to drain by 7%, and a decrease in gas usage in manufacturing by 54%.
Evans Vanodine has been an independent family business for over 100 years, and we are proud to achieve The Planet Mark certification and commit to a sustainable future for generations to come. The next decade will determine the future of our planet and through businesses pledging to reduce their impact, we can all assist in solving the climate crisis.
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