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.
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.
Futures Supplies are constantly listening to customer feedback and we continue to invest to ensure we deliver the very best customer experience. Over recent months we have been busy upgrading our website so that it is more mobile friendly.
Whilst this represents a considerable investment for us, we appreciate that almost half of all the visitors to our website are now using mobile devices and therefore we see this as an important step in continually improving our offering to you.
We hope this proves useful and improves your experience on the website, especially if you are using a mobile platform to place your orders.
Here is a reminder of some of the standard features which our website already offers. Don’t forget to request your login to access these facilities:-
View and print copy POD’s (delivery notes), invoices and statements
View your sales order history, in progress and completed orders
Subscribe to our budget control facility to help you control your costs
Online ordering 24hours a day, 7 days a week.
Product images and information
Download COSHH/ Safety Data Sheets
Keep up to date with our latest news
Request an account or place a ‘one of order’ and pay using our secure card or PayPal facilities
Check out a product’s environmental credentials
Set up a list of favourites for easy regular orders
Futures Supplies are committed to supporting your back office operations. If we can offer any assistance to help streamline your order process and with the website please do not hesitate to contact Andy our Office Manager who would be delighted to help you.
The We Mean Business Pop-Up Expo offers an exceptional business opportunity. The Expo will showcase Croydon as London’s fastest growing economy benefiting from a mammoth a £5.25bn investment programme. It will also highlight the borough’s status as London’s leading tech hotspot.
Attracting business people from all types and sizes of firms, from start-ups to SMEs and leading corporates and multi-nationals, the Expo provides unrivalled scope for visitors to network, make new connections and do business, either at one of the 50+ company exhibition stands or at the Speed Networking Sessions.
Visitors can also gain a unique insight into the borough’s many business opportunities from leading experts at the programme of We Mean Business Pop-Up Expo Seminars which will run throughout the day. There will be topical discussions on key commercial issues affecting the Croydon, UK and world markets, with speakers offering market insights which no business can afford to miss.
With street food stalls on the forecourt of The Business Xchange Hub in Lansdowne Road offering every from coffees and snacks to breakfasts and lunches, there will be plenty of opportunities for informal networking.
We hope you will come and visit us on the first floor on Tuesday 3rd October, we would love to see you.
Our celebration 20th Anniversary newsletter is now available on the website.
It’s been an amazing journey and we never forget that without the support of our amazing team, suppliers and customers both past and present that we wouldn’t be here today, so a heartfelt thank you goes out to you all.
We hope you enjoy the old photos of the journey as much as we did putting them together to share with you.
A study by Plimsoll Publishing Ltd has rated Futures Supplies and Support Services Ltd as “STRONG” in their latest analysis of the UK’s largest companies. This is the highest accolade awarded by Plimsoll and reflects our outstanding performance over the past 12 months.
This has been achieved in a difficult marketplace where a number of competitors are in financial danger and a record number are making a loss.
The Plimsoll analysis individually asses each company and provides a rating of Strong, Good, Mediocre, Caution or Danger, we are delighted to be one of only a minority of companies in our sector rated at the top of our field as “Strong”.
We offer a range of feminine hygiene units and services to suit all washrooms to ensure that you not only comply with legislation but receive the very best and competitive Feminine Hygiene service available.
Sanitary waste discreetly collected and disposed of safely and responsibly, ensuring no expensive drain blockages and unsightly mess.
Attractive and sleek in design the bins are designed to minimize dirt traps and the units incorporate Biomaster® antimicrobial protection which is an EPA and FDA approved antimicrobial additive providing a 24/7 protection against bacterial build up from harmful germs reducing the growth of bacteria by up to 99.99%.
Reliable, Discreet and Worry Free Service
Pedal operated bins with an attractive, sleek, design
Standard white or ‘designer’ bins available
Complete liner exchange service
Incorporates Biomaster* antimicrobial protection
Known Service Day Scan & Verify Service
4 Weekly Service – 13 Visits a Year
Zero to Landfill
We would be delighted to chat to you in more detail and provide you with a competitive quotation – just call one of our friendly helpful team on 020 8689 2072
Join us, along with more than 80 business for the We Mean Business 2013 business exhibition event at Fairfield Halls in Croydon on Thursday 7th November.
With over 1,000 visitors expected, the inspirational free-to-attend event, now in its fifth year, will showcase all manner of businesses while a series of interesting business seminars will take place throughout the day.
This year’s action-packed day is being organised for the first time by Make Business Happen, a not-for-profit company established to support business and enterprise across London and the South East.
Ideally located in Croydon town centre, at the Fairfield Halls, there are excellent transport links via East Croydon and Gatwick, local bus and train links and there are also several car parks within a few minutes walk. This high-profile venue, attracts millions of visitors to Croydon every year and is a critically-acclaimed entertainment and cultural complex which hosts a diverse and exciting programme of exhibitions, musicals, plays and live events.
Since 2001, the BIFM Awards have recognised the very best individuals, teams and projects across Facilities Management. The Awards present a fantastic opportunity for winners to be recognised for everything they bring to the FM profession.
Futures Supplies has long supported excellence and innovation in facilities management and Mandie and Amy were delighted to attend, along with 1,300 guests at The Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair last night to see the winners crowned!
Dedicated to recognising and celebrating excellence in facilities management, this year saw the BIFM bestow 12 awards, with categories ranging from impact on organisation and workplace to excellence in product development.
This year’s awards with headline sponsor Mace were hosted by Gyles Brandreth, former MP and government Whip.
All the team at Futures Supplies would like to extend their congratulations to all the winners:-
Excellence in Customer Service
> Chiswick Park, Enjoy Work
Excellence in Product Development
> GSH Group’s Energy Monitoring Application (EMAP)
> Highly Commended: Excel, DeskQUERY™
FM Excellence in a Major Project
> COMET Advisory, Tri – Borough Transforming TFM
> Highly Commended: BAE Systems, The Bowland Centre
FM Service Provider of the Year
> Highly Commended: Palmaris Services, i Data – Integrated Business Solutions
Facilities Manager of the Year
> Deborah Rowland, Cabinet Office
> Highly Commended: David Scott, Sodexo
Impact on Organisation & Workplace
> Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd, Britvic at Breakspear Park
> Highly Commended: Google Ireland, Google EMEA HQ Dublin
In-House Team of the Year
> Edge Hill University, Facilities Management
Innovation in the Use of Technolology and Systems
> iSite, The HUB
> Highly Commended: Middlesex University, New Ways of Working – a Digital Journey
Learning & Career Development
> MITIE Client Services
> Highly Commended: Initial Facilities, Nurturing Talent – The Initial Way
Profound Impact on the Industry Over the Last Five Years
> Anne Lennox-Martin