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Despite an optimistic start to the year and the new decade, 2020 will go down in
history as the year of the Coronavirus. Despite most people’s best efforts to maintain a feeling of business as usual, the virus has truly overshadowed everything else, and only now that vaccines and treatments are on the horizon does it feel like we’ve got a way out of lockdown as we approach 2021.
Despite lockdowns and social distancing, rather than being put to one side, the issue of sustainability and the green agenda have been pushed into a different light. As working from home and reduced traffic kicked in, we saw eye-opening reductions in pollution in major cities, and many struggling businesses were rescued on the
proviso that when they opened up again, they would make greater strides towards sustainable business practices. This highlighted to many that change isn’t just possible: it’s becoming essential.
With the costs for sustainable innovations in the cleaning and hygiene sector continuing to be more practical than they were just a few years ago, there’s never
been a better time for businesses to go green. It’s no longer just a marketable box- ticking exercise: clients are increasingly demanding that products and services are
environmentally responsible. Sustainable choices are becoming the rule rather than the exception, and it’s more about long-term goals than short-term changes.
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4 | EDITOR’S VOICE
Inside this special supplement dedicated to Sustainability in the cleaning industry, we hear from John Shonfeld, Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, who discusses with us meeting the challenges of the pandemic and real sustainability for the industry, and Steve Teasdale from the InnuScience Group lets us know about ‘The InnuScience Way’ and how it’s key to the company’s success.
Jan-Hein Hemke from Facilicom explains why the cleaning and hygiene sector mustn’t lose its focus on environmental responsibility, Evans Vanodine show
us that you can still go ‘green’ even during a year blighted by the pandemic, and Cromwell’s James Lee shares with us his insights into making plastics a part of circular solutions.
Thank you very much for reading, we hope you stay safe and enjoy this special issue!
Martin Wharmby, Editor Official members of ISSA & CHSA
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