15 Years of Carbon Neutral Supplies

Futures Supplies & Support Services Ltd has long been at the forefront within the cleaning industry for its environmental credentials and commitment to sustainability and the company is proud to celebrate 15 years of Carbon Neutral status in 2022

Scientific consensus states that carbon emissions must be reduced to avoid catastrophic climate change. Businesses have an important and essential role to play in meeting reduction targets and carbon offsetting enables businesses like Futures Supplies to play a part in the climate change battle.

In partnership with Carbon Neutral Britain, Futures Supplies is delighted to have achieved its Carbon Neutral status for the 15th consecutive year. This accreditation positions the company as an industry leader with one of the strongest and most credible approaches to climate change.

Since 2006 Futures Supplies has demonstrated Its commitment to reducing CO² in accordance with leading edge quality assurance standards. As a result of this reduction process coupled with offsetting the unavoidable emissions associated with their business, Futures Supplies carbon footprint is reduced to net zero.

Marc Kemp, Managing Director says “We are proud to be taking a net zero position on emissions by measuring the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with our business, reducing them at source, and then offsetting any unavoidable emissions by purchasing carbon credits. To ‘balance out’ our emissions, we use our carbon credits to support projects throughout the world. We are currently supporting the Carbon Neutral Britain Climate Fund™”.

The South London based business was one of the first in the cleaning industry to gain certification to BS EN ISO 14001 and has won numerous awards for its ‘green’ initiatives including a coveted ‘Green Apple’ award. Its continued commitment to sustainability, confirms it as a pioneering and ground-breaking business.

Award Winning and Carbon Neutral FUTURES SUPPLIES was established in 1995. The company is a family run, independent distributor of washroom, cleaning, janitorial and associated products.

Its ethos is to deliver service, quality, value, reliability, with a commitment to environmental sustainability, using the most up to date technology and innovation. Committed to integrity and transparency in the way the company operates, how the company supply goods and services and in its business partnerships, its aim is to provide an exceptional customer experience.

What puts the ‘eco’ in Toucan Eco?

It’s never been so important to keep places hygienically clean by killing bacteria and viruses, including the Coronavirus, while also reducing pollutants and the huge amounts of waste plastic in our oceans and landfill.

When combined with the fact that long-term use of cleaning chemicals can have a serious impact on your health, this means we need to think differently about how cleaning can reduce our impact on the planet. Quite literally, we need to clean up our act.

Here, we explain what makes Toucan Eco sustainable. But before we do this, let’s understand the basics.

What is Toucan Eco?

Toucan Eco puts the power of electrolysed water at your fingertips. No chemicals, no single-use plastic bottles. Just a proven, effective way to wipe out germs without harming the environment.

Using a process of electrolysis, it transforms tap water and table salt – both natural and sustainable resources – into a disinfectant cleaner that kills more than 99.99% of germs and replaces 80% of chemical cleaners and the single use plastic bottles they’re supplied in.

It’s completely safe to use as it’s based on the same infection fighting hypochlorous acid that our own immune systems produce, which makes it non-toxic and hypoallergenic.

So, let’s run through the key points that put the ‘eco’ in Toucan Eco.

Does it reduce single-use plastic waste?

Yes, it does, and that’s why it’s great for supporting single-use plastic reduction initiatives.

You no longer need to buy 80% or more of your chemical cleaners, which are most commonly supplied in single-use plastic bottles. Plus, concentrated chemical bottles are mostly made from virgin plastic too, and many of these can’t be recycled as they contain toxic ingredients. With around 30% of all plastic being recycled in the UK, according to the British Plastics Initiative, the majority will still end up in landfill.

By switching to Toucan Eco, for every typical one litre plastic bottle you’re saving over two litres of water, 4 million joules of energy, and a quarter of a litre of oil. And, for every ton of plastic, you’re saving about three tons of CO2.

Does it reduce chemical use and their side effects?

It’s well known that chemicals can be harmful to the environment. For example, some aerosols damage the ozone layer and cleaning chemicals carry health warnings as they can cause allergic reactions such as coughing and skin irritation or dermatitis.

Recent studies have found that regular exposure to cleaning products may significantly affect lung function and suggest that the chemicals in cleaning products irritate the mucous membranes that line the airways of the lungs, causing long-term damage. In a long-term study, the effects were also found to be more severe among women than men.

Toucan Eco doesn’t contain any of these synthetic ingredients – so no phthalates, ammonia, additives, or fragrances. 99.99% of the solution is water, and the pH (a measure of acidity and alkalinity) of the solution is around a gentle 7.8 to 8.5. This means it’s mildly alkaline but not aggressive like common bleach, which has a pH of 10 and above. As it’s safe, you don’t need protective clothing.

Can it contribute to making our buildings green?

The World Green Building Council talks about how we can make our buildings greener through a combination of factors such as minimising energy use with renewable and low carbon technologies, reducing water consumption, minimising waste, maximising reuse, and recycling anything left – of which Toucan Eco can contribute effectively to achieving.

We can also promote health and wellbeing with improved air quality, while avoiding chemicals that create harmful or toxic emissions.

Can Toucan Eco contribute to WELL or BREEAM-rated buildings?

The simple answer is yes. We spend over 90% of our lives in and around buildings. And these buildings can trap pollutants – such as spray cleaners and VOCs – in the air which then circulates within the building. If there’s little or no ventilation these pollutants will remain within the building for some time.

So, the more we can do to remove the use of airborne pollutants – replacing synthetic chemical cleaners with systems such as Toucan Eco – the better the air quality and the healthier the environment.

As well as pollution, Toucan Eco also neatly aligns with BREEAM’s and WELL’s focus on sustainability in a building’s energy use, waste, transportation, carbon emissions, and healthy attributes.

Does Toucan Eco reduce transportation?

Yes, as the solution is made on demand where it’s used there’s no need to transport the solution from place of manufacture to place of use. And once on-site, as it only uses water and salt, the carbon footprint of generating the combined the solution is minimal.

And while electrolysing, the models do not generate any hazardous gases, and the amount of electricity used to generate a litre of the solution is around 10th of that used to boil a kettle so energy consumption if very low.

Is the solution safe to dispose of?

Yes, it’s safe to pour down drains and reverts to slightly salty water. Or you can pour it into the device and reactivate. 

Summing up the parts

Toucan Eco has minimal environmental impact and reduces the use of harmful chemicals and the single-use plastic bottles they are supplied in. There’s also the reduction in energy, oil and carbon needed to make the solution when compared with synthetic chemicals. This means it helps to reduce your carbon footprint and supports plastic waste initiatives.

It doesn’t harm building air quality that cleaners, or customers, work in, live in, or visit, and there’s no need for protective equipment as the solution is non-toxic, and hypoallergenic.

It’s not tested on animals and is vegan-friendly. Once used, the solution reverts to slightly salty water, and can be safely disposed of without any environmental impact.

That’s why it’s revolutionary in the way that it is eco-friendly – and another step towards reducing the amount of toxic chemicals through concentrates, tablet form or alternative ingredients which can still be harmful.

Toucan Eco eSpray

Lets you make a powerful, safe and eco-friendly disinfectant cleaner from just water, ordinary salt and electricity that kills more than 99.99% of germs, including the coronavirus.

Toucan Eco Worktop

Designed for cleaning in the home and smaller workplaces.

It makes one litre of eco-friendly antibacterial multi-surface cleaner in around five minutes.

Toucan Eco Active

Suitable for small to medium-sized facilities, and produces 10 litres of solution in around 15 minutes.

Toucan Eco Active Plus

Suitable for medium sized facilities and one activation, which takes around 40 minutes, produces 20 litres of antibacterial
cleaner.

Are Your Deliveries Carried Out by A Carbon Neutral Certified Company?

As an ethical business, our ethos is to deliver service, quality, value, reliability, with a commitment to environmental sustainability, using the most up to date technology and innovation.

Futures Supplies are committed to integrity and transparency in the way we operate, how we supply goods and services and in our business partnerships.

We believe that whilst it is critical, it is not enough to just reduce carbon emissions through our certified Environmental Management System BS EN ISO 14001:2015 targets. Therefore, we offset our unavoidable emissions through our partnership with The CarbonNeutral® Company in a responsible best practice model.

Unfortunately, we all have to use energy as part of our commercial process and therefore, until technology and innovations can provide more answers to help further reduce or eliminate emissions, ‘offsetting’ is the only way to deal with the problem.

In partnership with The CarbonNeutral® Company, Futures Supplies is delighted to have achieved CarbonNeutral® status since 2006. This accreditation positions us as an industry leader with one of the strongest and most credible approaches to climate change.

As a result of our reduction process coupled with measuring the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and offsetting the unavoidable emissions associated with our business, our carbon footprint is reduced to net zero.

You can read more about our environmental approach and our green awards here http://www.futures-supplies.co.uk/environment.asp

Greenspeed PROBIO Cleaning Products

Greenspeed has developed a range of probiotic cleaning agents, which ensure optimal, sustainable cleaning.

The Probio range has been awarded both the EU Ecolabel, and Cradle to Cradle Gold certification.

How it works

  • When cleaning with Probio, a layer of probiotics (friendly bacteria) is left behind on the surface.
  • These friendly bacteria remove organic contamination, which otherwise gives rise to the formation of odours.
  • The friendly bacteria, produce enzymes, these enzymes break down the microscopic dirt into tiny particles.
  • They are able to absorb the tiny particles and digest them as food, and continue to function for days after cleaning.
  • The results: a microscopic deep clean and long-lasting absorption of odours.

Greenspeed Probio is the first range of probiotic cleaning products worldwide to obtain certificates for both the EU Ecolabel and Cradle to Cradle Gold certification.

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Key features and benefits

The probiotic cleaning agents are made up of millions of friendly bacteria, which remove organic contamination and odours

The probiotics (or friendly bacteria) continue to be effective for days after cleaning

Very safe to use, as the products use friendly bacteria, they do not have any hazard symbols.

EU Ecolabel & Cradle to Cradle certified™ Gold

 Greenspeed Probio San - Washroom Cleaner
Greenspeed Probio San – Washroom Cleaner

Greenspeed Probio Floor Scrub
Greenspeed Probio Floor Scrub

Greenspeed Probio Multi - Multi Surface Cleaner
Greenspeed Probio Multi – Multi Surface Cleaner

 

Compostable Refuse Sacks & Liners

Futures Supplies now supply a full range of compostable refuse sacks, bin liners and waste caddy liners.

We hope this new biodegradable, compostable range will help support your sustainability aims.

Manufactured from Ecopond® biodegradable plastic, using starch and lactide-based derivatives of plant sources, these products are fully compliant with the European composting standard, which requires more than 90% of the plastic mass to convert into biomass, CO2 and water, with no harmful residue.

  • Made from fully compostable bioplastics
  • Breaks down into water, CO2, and biomass
  • EN13432 compliant

 

 

 

 

Be Good and Do Good – The Soap Co.

Futures Supplies are delighted to launch a range of luxury products from a company who are aligned with our beliefs in supporting not just the environment but the disadvantaged, the community and the economy.

Believing products should ‘be good and do good’ The Soap Co. is an ethical luxury brand that creates sophisticated body care products to nurture and care for your skin.

With a traditional workshop in the Lake District, the products are handcrafted in the UK by disadvantaged people who are blind and disabled, generating over 10,000 employment days a year.

The Soap Co. take pride in paying attention where it matters, from their award-winning minimalist design to locally sourced bottles and compostable soap wrappers.

All the products are paraben free and are never tested on animals. There is a selection of two luxurious fragrances in the new eco-friendly collection, Geranium & Rhubarb and Wild Nettle & Sage, which are also available as a hand wash or hand lotion.

Vegan, biodegradable and not harmful to aquatic life, the hand and body washes are free from SLS/SLES, PEGs, parabens, triclosan, synthetic colour, DEA, petrochemicals, silicones, EDTA. The hand and body lotions are also free from these nasties, plus mineral oils and TEA and they are enriched with organic cocoa butter and antioxidants to nourish and hydrate your skin.

For more information on The Soap Co. or the products available please call us 020 8689 2072 or visit the website.

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