Batteries - at lower charge

15th of October 2010

Recyclable batteries that last longer, require less maintenance and have shorter recharging times can help to bring down the cost of running a cleaning machine. But can a battery-powered machine compete with its mains-powered counterpart in terms of cost-effectiveness? Ann Laffeaty finds out.

Battery-powered machines have become increasingly

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New products - batteries

15th of October 2010

ECJ takes a look at what's new in battery technology.

Deep cycle

For the floor cleaning market Fullriver Battery Manufacturing offers a line of sealed, maintenance-free deep cycle batteries. The main advantages of sealed units, the company says, are that they are non-spillable, non-hazardous and maintenance-free. They also have a significantly

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Sustainability core to values

15th of October 2010

Since it was founded in 1980 Ecover has been dedicated to developing and producing effective and ecological cleaning products made from plant-based and mineral ingredients. This is a company that has not become sustainable in line with changing trends – it led the way in sustainable business practices. ECJ editor Michelle Marshall visited

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Like-minded partners

15th of October 2010

Sustainability is not a subject only to be addressed by manufacturers – contract cleaners and distributors have their key role to play in driving the industry as a whole towards a more sustainable future. In the first part of this special report, ECJ editor Michelle Marshall looks at the example of Principle Cleaning Services, a privately

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Water - a most powerful detergent?

15th of October 2010
Water - a most  powerful detergent?

Is the power of water sufficient for cleaning? More often than not, this may be true. While the role of electric ‘activation’ of water in cleaning remains unclear, the use of plain tap water as an effective cleaning means, or detergent, is increasing markedly. Anton Duisterwinkel writes exclusively for ECJ.

Water is the natural

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A supporting role

15th of October 2010
A supporting role

Support services such as transport, distribution, logistics and storage all have an important impact on a company’s sustainability. Ann Laffeaty looks at how companies are reducing their environmental impact in these areas.

Many companies are now buying heavily into the concept of sustainability. They are sourcing raw materials wisely and

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