Concentrating on environmental impacts

Jangro Enviro

Many of you may be aware of our popular Enviro Concentrates range of cleaning concentrates, developed with reducing waste at the heart of the concept. The easy and safe dose caps and trigger spray bottles provided with Enviro Concentrates products, together with Jangro’s comprehensive dosing guidelines, make sure exactly the right amount is used each time – no more and no less.

We have just added to this range with the introduction of a new high concentrate, low dosage air freshener and fabric deodoriser. Combining high performance with cost efficiency and environmental sensitivity, the new A7 Air Freshener and Fabric Deodoriser freshen the atmosphere and upholstery with an elegant fragrance of jasmine, rose and lime. Perfect for counteracting malodours, A7 is ideal for freshening up fabrics which cannot be cleaned in a washing machine, such as curtains, soft furnishings and carpets.

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Because the range is highly concentrated, very low dosages are required, which can be accurately measured and used with Jangro’s trigger bottles and trigger spray heads. Each one-litre bottle of A7 provides up to 50 trigger spray bottles of air freshener and fabric deodoriser.

Reduced lifecycle impact

Using high concentration, low dosage cleaning products and highly accurate dosing methods means less packaging is required overall, and much less water is used during production. This also saves on C02 thanks to the products weighing less during transport, being packaged in smaller bottles and requiring far fewer deliveries. The overall result is reduced waste and minimal impact on the environment. And all of this comes with no impact on the quality and performance of the range!

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The Enviro Concentrates range is a diverse selection of cleaning chemicals – together with the new additions, these include a Washroom Cleaner, Kitchen Sanitiser, Floor Cleaner, plus many more versatile chemicals. Each bottle provides up to 100 trigger spray bottles or 50 x 5 litre buckets of cleaning solution.

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The cleaning supply chain needs to continue to work hard to reduce chemical wastage, and even eliminate it altogether if possible. Using dosing caps to measure out concentrates is the most economical, entry-level way of moving away from ready-to-use sprays which can promote overuse of cleaning products. By moving into concentrates, cleaning contractors can also cut down on packaging, emissions, energy and disposal costs, while still delivering or exceeding the desired cleaning performance.

 

Soap for social good

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Here at Jangro we are proud to offer hand crafted soaps from The Soap Co, through Clarity Enterprises. We love the luxurious look and feel, and also thoroughly support the social good that The Soap Co and Clarity Enterprises champion through their innovative business models.

The Soap Co is a social enterprise that creates soap products with wonderful fragrances, minimalist design and a strong social and environmental ethos.

All disabled people should have an opportunity for employment, independence and skills development. The Soap Co and Clarity Enterprises bring life to this vision with a workforce that is predominately blind or otherwise disabled or disadvantaged.

As well as providing a stable, friendly and supportive work place, The Soap Co also strives to reduce its impact on the environment by developing eco-friendly products based on natural ingredients. Its profits are reinvested into the organisation to allow further opportunities to be developed for its workforce.

Proudly British, the Soap Co currently employs over 105 people across the country, 80% of whom are blind or otherwise disabled. The company aims to generate over 60 new job opportunities every year.

We couldn’t agree more with The Soap Co when it states that there is no trade-off between luxury products, beautiful design and social impact. Every time you use a product from The Soap Co, you are creating opportunities for people who are blind or otherwise disabled or disadvantaged.

Find out more about The Soap Co range on offer in our new Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies Catalogue: Soap Co range.

Did you know you can follow us on TwitterFacebook, Google+ and LinkedIn – watch out for news about some exciting launches and events planned for 2017.

Best practice in sustainable cleaning

Every chemical or biological cleaning agent has some impact on the environment. And while the biggest effect that cleaning products have comes from the chemicals which they contain, the packaging they come in and how they are shipped also affect their environmental rating.

Jangro has developed an environmentally-friendly range of cleaning agents, including Enviro Concentrates, designed to reduce users’ carbon footprints. As well as using green cleaning formulations, such as bacterial washroom cleaners, the Enviro Concentrates range comprises high concentration and low dosage products, and the trigger spray bottle format makes it even easier to know how much of a product you are using.

Responsible usage and dosage control are key elements in reducing the environmental impact of any cleaning product. Designed to be very economical, Jangro also provides guidance on dilution rates – particularly useful when tackling dirtier conditions.

Prevent wastage

The idea is to prevent wastage through over-use of products, while getting the job done to a high standard. And the Enviro Concentrates range also boasts pleasant fragrances, proving that going green does not have to involve any kind of compromise on end-user experience.

Meanwhile, all Jangro products are now labelled under the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. Where hazardous chemical cleaning agents are present, red diamond-shaped hazard pictograms indicate this.

Jangro also uses the Wright Environmental Impact Rating (WEIR) system, which considers environmental issues during the selection process of raw materials, the manufacturing process and packaging.

The system also looks at the impact of the water used in the product, the impact of its use, its pH level, and the energy used for manufacture and shipping. The product in question receives a score for each of these criteria, and the lower the score, the lower its overall impact on the environment under WEIR.

Product lifecycle

This means that as well as considering cleaning products containing less harmful chemicals, we are looking at the lifecycle of the product, its packaging, and its overall carbon footprint. This allows us to compare many different variables when we ask ourselves whether there is another, more sustainable alternative to a product we are considering.

The green revolution isn’t just a nice slogan to talk to clients about, it is crucial for the wellbeing of our planet and should be considered a cornerstone of any forward-thinking business.

For more information on the Jangro group, have a look at this short video!

ph Scale and Cleaning Agents

Hi all and welcome back to my blog! This week I’m going to be telling you all about the pH scale of the different types of cleaning agents you can use and their properties.

First let’s have a look at the pH scale:

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The pH scale measures varying degrees of acidity or alkalinity of any cleaning agent or solution, in simple, numeric terms, with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline.

Acidic Products

Due to their harsh nature these are rarely used in the cleaning industry, but are certainly the go to product when you need to remove limescale from a hard surface. Acidic products can also dissolve salts that aren’t soluble in water.

Alkaline Products

If you are looking to remove greasy, fatty deposits from hard surfaces an alkaline product should be used. These kinds of products will have a typical pH value of between 11 and 12.5.

Emulsion floor polish strippers are much stronger and will have a value of around 13 while the extremely corrosive Caustic Soda will have a pH value of 14.

Neutral Products

General cleaning products such as washing up liquid and carpet cleaning solutions will be neutral with a pH value of between 6 and 9.

Throwback

Take yourself back to those science lessons in school and you’ll remember the litmus test. Using Universal Indicator Paper you can dip it into any solution to test the pH value.

The paper will change colour depending on the value. You can see what each colour represents in my chart above.

Cleaning Agents

The list is endless when it comes to cleaning agents that are available on the market. Our Jangro catalogue alone contains hundreds of different products that can be applied to various cleaning tasks. For a Jangro catalogue contact your local distributor or view an online version here 

Most cleaning products fall into one of the below categories that you might already be familiar with:

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How do they work?

To understand how cleaning agents work, we must first grasp the basic principles of soil removal. Water is generally a poor cleaning agent, however, when combined as part of a solution, will tackle most situations.

In order for soil to be removed properly a cleaning agent or solution must have the following properties:

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Detergents

This can describe any cleaning agent. However as there are so many, we tend to call agents with large amounts of chemicals ’Surfactants’.

Be effective

An effective detergent will have the following properties:

-Ability to reduce surface tension

-Ability to emulsify soil and lift it

-Ability to suspend soil in a solution

-To be soluble and remain effective in cold water

-To be soluble and remain effective in hard water

-To be harmless to the user when used correctly

-To not cause damage to the surface being cleaned

-To be easily rinsed from a surface and leave no streaks or deposits

-To be economical

You should have a clearer understanding of the different kinds of cleaning agents available. I will go into more detail into ‘Surfactants’ in a later blog but for now, if you have any questions about any of the above subjects please do give me a shout on my social media pages.

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Enviro Concentrates – helping to save the planet one spray at a time!

Hello and welcome back to my blog. I do hope you are enjoying reading it and if there is anything specific you would like me to cover just let me know on my social media pages.

Hooray for Earth Day

On 22nd April 1970, in the days of flower power and endless summers, a U.S Senator called Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day, to raise awareness of environmentally friendly programmes, products and commitments.

Earth Day is celebrated around the world and to mark this very special time I want to take the opportunity to tell you all about Jangro’s range of Enviro Concentrate products.

Concentrate on concentrates

Jangro’s Enviro- Concentrates have been specially formulated by experts to deliver chemicals easily and economically.

As they are highly concentrated you only need a low dosage, which can be accurately measured and used with Jangro’s trigger bottles and trigger spray heads.

Each one-litre bottle provides up to 100 trigger spray bottles or 50 x five-litre buckets of pleasant smelling cleaning solution and the size of the packaging means that there is a reduction in emissions incurred in transportation.

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We mean what we say

There is still a certain stigma surrounding products that are environmentally friendly, as people assume that they are less effective.

My fellow Jangro experts have concentrated our already proven products, so you can rest assured you will get the same fantastic results.

Colour me happy

The Jangro Enviro Concentrates range has been designed with our customers in mind. It contains five cleaning products and range of accessories.

The packaging follows the easy to understand Jangro Colour Coding System for Hygiene. The aim of this system is to prevent cross contamination of during the cleaning process.

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The Jangro Enviro Concentrate Range

Without further ado, here is the full range of Enviro Concentrate products for you to choose from.

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Jangro Genius top tips

As well as making informed decisions about the products you choose, there are lots of other ways to reduce the impact your cleaning schedule has on the environment.

Here are some top green tips for those that want to embrace a more responsible approach to cleaning:

  • Where possible, always use environmentally friendly products
  • Ensure machinery has the highest possible economical rating
  • Reduce your use of non reusable resources
  • Don’t waste water by leaving the tap running
  • Use mats behind doors to collect soil and dust
  • Plan and stick to a set schedule to avoid huge dirt build up
  • Don’t leave machinery running or on standby when not in use
  • Invest in plants to help clean indoor air and brighten the place up

To celebrate Earth Day I will be launching a competition to win four items from our fabulous Enviro Concentrate range on my Facebook page on Wednesday this week. Visit https://www.facebook.com/JangroLtd and hit the like button to find out how to enter…

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