REGIME WITH TOUCAN ECO United World College (UWC) Atlantic is the founding and flagship college in the UWC movement, located in 12th Century St Donat’s Castle in South Wales. Championing the UWC mission ‘to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future’, sustainability has always been part of the college’s DNA.

In addition, one of the core UWC values ‘respect for the environment’ has been a key driver in exploring a chemical- free cleaning regime. It hasn’t just been about improving the college’s green credentials, more about showcasing what a real commitment to sustainability looks like in the day-to- day life of the college.

In May 2019, UWC Atlantic took the decision to transform its cleaning regime by installing a completely chemical-free system across the 122-acre campus – Robert Scott’s Toucan Eco bio-cleaning range. The installation means the college can make a sustainable, effective and non- chemical disinfectant cleaner on-site, which removes the need for 80% of chemicals, while significantly reducing single-use plastic waste and costs.

Alan Fleming, Director of Facilities and Operations for UWC Atlantic, explained: “The college takes a challenging and interactive approach to learning that inspires and equips students to work towards a more sustainable future.

“Learning revolves around increasing students’ understanding of global challenges – environmental issues are high on the agenda – and developing a vision of how we can adopt alternative approaches to living. As well as introducing a student Sustainability Council, we have also implemented ways to offset our carbon footprint, reduce water consumption and transition to using more green energy.

“As part of this strategy we’ve been exploring chemical-free cleaning for some time and hadn’t found a solution that met the specific needs of


Eco Active units, each with a 10-litre capacity, installed across the college’s residential quarters, study rooms, sports facilities and other areas of public footfall.

the UWC Atlantic campus. Jonathan Thiel, the college’s on-site manager from Compass Group, made a recommendation that we consider Robert Scott’s innovative new bio- cleaning system – Toucan Eco – and so we invited the team to campus for a demonstration of the technology.”

Steve Courtney, Toucan Eco Product Specialist at Robert Scott, continued: “While the multi-surface disinfectant and cleaner kills up to 99.999% of bacteria and is certified as a general disinfectant – it’s also non-toxic, non-hazardous and non-allergenic, so it is safe for staff to use on a daily basis. This also appealed to the management team as it meant students can use the solution to spray, wipe or mop their dormitory areas, helping to prepare them for the next stage of independence at university and beyond.”

After an extremely positive trial period, UWC Atlantic proceeded with the installation of 13 Toucan

Jonathan Thiel, Compass Group’s General Manager at UWC Atlantic, added: “For the team, Toucan Eco was the next logical step in order to reduce our environmental impact. Not only have we drastically cut the use of harmful chemical cleaning agents, we’re also making considerable reductions on single-use plastic waste and the unnecessary transportation of cleaning fluids.”

How does the Toucan Eco system work?

Toucan Eco requires only tap water, salt and a low voltage electrical current to produce limitless disinfecting and cleaning solution through a process called electrochemical activation.

The technology first appeared as a chemical-free disinfectant in industrial applications in the 1970s. With developments in technology, new smaller and more portable devices have been designed that allow the solution to be made on demand and on-site. It’s now being used by the cleaning industry in a growing number of applications as the eco-friendly way to clean without the use of chemicals or excess plastic waste.

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