Japan’s heated toilet seats leads to an invasion of deadly spiders

6th of November 2014
Japan’s heated toilet seats leads to an invasion of deadly spiders

Japan's penchant for heated toilets has resulted in an invasion of deadly redback spiders.

Redbacks first appeared in Japan in the 1990s, believed to have arrived on cargo ships from Australia. Experts initially believed the tropical spider could not survive the cold Japanese winters. But it is now thought that the heated toilets common in

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ECJ November newsletter online now!

5th of November 2014
ECJ November newsletter online now!

The ECJ monthly online newsletter is now available, featuring news on a germ-busting jacket, how the Danish government is aiming to offer health checks for cleaners, and a Japanese superhero cleaning up the streets of Tokyo.

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Viewpoint on megatrends

5th of November 2014
Viewpoint on megatrends

Dr Ilham Kadri, president of the Sealed Air Diversey Care business, writes her latest blog for ECJ. She analyses the rapid pace of change in the world, and how megatrends will impact on the industry.

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Sustainable cleaning - the people element

5th of November 2014
Sustainable cleaning - the people element

Providing an attractive work environment is a key part of any sustainability policy since it supports the ‘people’ part of the ‘People, Planet, Profit’ equation. Ann Laffeaty asks companies in the cleaning sector what they are doing to keep their staff safe, healthy and happy – and how they are helping people in the

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INSTA800 Nordic cleaning standard - clean with your eyes

4th of November 2014
INSTA800 Nordic cleaning standard - clean with your eyes

‘Cleaning with your eyes’, that is the basic idea behind the Nordic cleaning standard INSTA 800. The standard was introduced in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland 14 years ago. The new way of working has resulted in improved cleaning quality and higher employee motivation.  Petra Sjouwerman reports for ECJ.

“For many years

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Increase in French cleaning company failures

3rd of November 2014
Increase in French cleaning company failures

French reporter Christian Bouzols explains that the number of cleaning companies failing in the country has risen by 16 per cent since 2011, but that on the whole business is improving.

The number of cleaning companies failing in France has risen by 16 per cent in three years. That figure is indeed worrying but is a good reflection of

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