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Plastic recycling – Learn More …

 

“We live in a disposable society.
It’s easier to throw things out than to fix them.
We even give it a name – we call it recycling.”
— Neil LaBute

Looking back, plastic was supposed to be the wonder-product of the 20th century, but given its impact on the environment it has become harmful. And it seems that over the last 13 years the world has produced more plastic than during the entire previous century. It creates serious environmental problems – plastic pollution ends up in our rivers, oceans, air causing deaths to millions of marine animals every year. Therefore, it has become crucial that we recycle all plastic waste.

According to figures, the UK produces around 76kg (167lbs) of plastic waste per person every year, while in Sweden, it’s around 18kg (40lbs). And out of around 13 billion plastic bottles used per year by UK consumers, more than 3 billions are not recycled.

If we dig deeper, we can find out that there are more than 50 different types of plastics. Almost all types could be recycled, however some packaging may contain more than one polymer type which makes it problematic to reprocess. “Tricky” plastics cover black food trays used in many supermarkets. Due to its colour the sorting machines are unable to detect them, therefore they go to landfill. Some yoghurt pots, for example, are made from polystyrene which cannot be successfully sorted and therefore are not accepted at the sorting plant. The same applies to margarine tubs which are often shipped abroad for recycling as currently there isn’t such technology available in the UK. Some authorities now do allow residents to place plastic trays, pots and tubs in their kerbside collection but this is managed on a local rather than national basis.

When it comes to plastic bottles, they are the most frequently collected plastic type as they are normally heavier and are easy to sort and recycle in comparison to most other plastics. Nevertheless, a plastic bottle and a food tray, for example, couldn’t be recycled together as they melt at different temperatures.

Because there’s so much of plastic, it is so important to recycle it. The process reduces the amount of energy and natural resources (water, natural gas, etc.) needed to create virgin plastic. It could save the landfill space that should definitely be used for other purposes. While recycling is indeed important, one of the best ways to reduce the amount of plastic is to find alternatives.

This year more than 40 companies, including such consumer goods giants as Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Marks & Spencer and Asda, have signed a deal to reduce plastic pollution by 2025.

However bad the problem was, it could be resolved if we think and act differently. If we all make an effort, the consequences of plastic impacts on the environment and on our health will be minimal.

At Greenleaf Cleaning, we’re very conscious of our environmental footprint and all our cleaners are taught how to recycle properly. If you’re looking for a London-based household/office cleaning provider, we’re more than happy to assist.

For more information visit our website Greenleaf Cleaning Company in LondonDomestic and Commercial Cleaning Services.

Call us today at 0800 032 6248, or drop us an email with any queries you may have – info@greenleaf-cleaning.co.uk.

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Why to spring clean? / Why spring cleaning actually matters?

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The winter is quickly coming to its end and for many of us it is time for a traditional spring clean. But why do we do it?

Spring cleaning has its origin in many cultures. In the United Kingdom, for example, this practice developed as a way to scour the house after a long winter. Nowadays, it is still something people do however for many this need does not feel so good.

One of the last year surveys showed that 85% of British people believe that spring clean could soon become a thing of the past. Less than half of the 2,000 adults questioned said they still do a spring clean once a year, 37% said they do it every few years, and one in five revealed they never bother.

For what it’s worth, spring clean does have its benefits – from our health to our piece of mind. So let’s discuss the main points of why spring cleaning is important.

HELPS TO KEEP WATCH OVER ‘FORGOTTEN’ PLACES. There’re always these areas in the house which do not get a look at too often such as the oven, windows, dishwasher, washing machine, mattress, tub drains, vents, carpet/upholstery, etc. Spring clean is a good chance for those jobs to be tackled and in that way to get us ready for spring and summer ahead.

ASSISTS IN SPOTTING BIGGER ISSUES. Moving furniture and looking under it may not only help to find items that you lost and thought they’d never be found, but also to notice things in need of fixing such as loose floor boards, and even pest problems.

MAKES LIFE EASIER. We have all heard the old saying “Out of sight, out of mind” which can also apply to cleaning – being around the clutter creates unnecessary stress, therefore the best solution is to declutter. Many studies have shown a more organized environment provides a sense of satisfaction and puts us in a good mood.

GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH. Letting fresh air in is good for our respiratory system as well as a good spring clean can help us avoid allergy symptoms, especially at a time when allergies are widespread.

These days, there are many companies that are trained to conduct spring cleaning, so if this idea of a spring clean sounds exciting but you lack time, consider hiring cleaning professionals who will do the job for you while you can relax and enjoy the time with your loved ones.

If you need help with Spring Cleaning in London our  will happy to provide this particular cleaning well as with House Cleaning in London and London Cleaning Services.

Visit our website http://www.greenleaf-cleaning.co.uk/ for more information or call us today to book your spring cleaning session: 0800 032 6248

 


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Ocean pollution and what can we do about it?

‘Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.’
— W.H. Auden

As 70% of the earth is covered with water, many of us have probably thought at some point before that because the ocean is so vast, the litter ending up in it would get diluted and will eventually disappear. However as we can see the issue has strongly accelerated recently. Today, plastics are the number one type of waste found in the sea, and one of the reasons that plastic pollution is such a problem is that it merely breaks down into smaller pieces attracting more debris but won’t go away.

This litter is found everywhere from the North Pole to desert islands and affects dozens species of marine life which as seafood can end up on our plates causing serious health problems.

The truth is that the biggest cause of oceanic pollution comes from activities based on land like sewage, industrial runoff, deliberate garbage dumping into waterways, etc. Recent study has found that microplastics (small particles of plastics) can also get extracted of synthetic clothing, like polyester or acrylic and a single cycle of a washing machine could discharge more than 700,000 plastic fibers into the environment.

In spite of many organizations’ efforts, an estimated 19 billion pounds of plastic garbage annually enter the ocean. Around one million seabirds are killed by ocean pollution and three hundred thousand dolphins and
porpoises die each year as a result of becoming ensnared in thrown away fishing nets, among other items, even the rings of a plastic six-pack holder can pose a big danger.

Everyone can do something to reduce their personal footprint and here are some tips on how we can help:

1. Do not litter. Always “take five” whenever you leave a space to ensure that you’ve collected all your trash.

2. Whenever you see litter – dispose of it correctly. This seemingly small action will add up.

3. Steer clear of microbeads. Plastic microbeads are sometimes added as an exfoliating agent to beauty products like face scrubs, body washes and toothpaste. They can go along unfiltered through sewage systems and end up in waterways, and ultimately the sea.

4. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Reduce use of disposable plastics (bags, bottles, straws), utilize your own reusable bag to purchase groceries and of course, dispose of plastics properly.

5. Spread the word. Make your friends and family aware of the pollution issues as people cannot change what they do not know about.

We’re an environmentally- conscious cleaning company in London specializing in home and office cleaning, are ready to take care of your premises.

For any queries you may have, please email us at info@greenleaf-cleaning.co.uk or call via free phone number: 0800 032 6248.

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How to retain high quality cleaning standards in the commercial (office) environment

Maintaining unparalleled service is the fundamental principle to building strong relationships with the client. In this article we will discuss what makes a suitable office cleaning company and how to make sure the standards of cleaning are on par with customer’s expectations.

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First of all, experienced staff plays the biggest part in the whole process. When choosing among numerous providers on the market today, you would definitely wish to employ highly-trained, capable and skilled operatives who have experience working in the similar to yours workspace environment, someone who will clean like they’re cleaning their own office. Trained professionals will possess a thorough approach to cleaning which is something to factor in as well.

Secondly, you would like to make sure that different trainings are being carried out on a permanent basis for cleaners so they are up to date on new methods or cleaning products to ensure the immaculate cleaning results.

On top of the mentioned above, keeping highest standards while using green cleaning products is most efficient as the majority of these cleaning solutions meet environmental standards for commercial cleaners. They are also able to tackle the toughest jobs without any poisonous side effects that we can get by nasty chemicals.

The quality of the cleaning provided is indeed critical, but that is not everything. Strong interaction between the client and the customer service is extremely important in every cleaning business. Genesys Global Survey shows that the 78% of customers say that competent customer service representatives are most responsible for a happy customer experience. Responsible cleaning company will be there for you, they will assign a dedicated account manager who would navigate the process, have a good knowledge of client’s requirements and who can promptly respond to any arising requests.

Last but not least, a professional cleaning service will have a system in place for regular spot-checks of cleaning which would normally need to be followed up on with the client.

If you’re looking for an office cleaning provider who will build consistency and provide a quality service, please contact Greenleaf Contract Cleaning. We would be able to arrange a site meeting to discuss your requirements and supply a free quotation based on your needs.

For more information you can email us at info@greenleaf-cleaning.co.uk or call via free phone number: 0800 032 6248.


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Spring clean is in the air

For those of us who hasn’t come around doing their spring clean this year, it’s high time for you to jump on the case. Your home will be grateful for the effort of airing, cleaning and de-cluttering and you will feel different too – proud of your job and your lovely home.

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Those are the basic rules of a proper spring clean:

– Motivate yourself. Flick through glossy interior magazines. Beautiful homes aren’t’ they? Your home deserves look lovely too! A bit of an effort goes a long way and will make your home fresher, sunnier, neater, calmer and more lovable – that what your sanctuary should feel like.

– Declutter your space and reorganise the drawers. An important thing to do for any household
– especially as we do not perform this often while we do buy new staff regularly – be it a new jumper, new toy or new tea cup.

– Attend to cleaning tasks which you do not do on regular basis, this could be

• Cleaning your windows
• Dusting your lamp shades and fixtures
• Dusting ventilation fans
• Changing the filters in your fan extractors or degreasing the ones that do not change
• Cleaning your garden/ balcony furniture
• Wash your sofa pillow covers and throws
• Wash/ dry clean your curtains and nets – they have been accumulating dust the whole winter and it has to go.
• Refresh you carpets by steam cleaning them.
• Wash mattress covers and steam clean the mattress.

– Try making it fun by getting some help from your friends and family, putting on an energizing music and rewarding herself after the job has been completed by going out for a dinner, treating yourself to a new dress, lipstick, new pair of shoes or anything you have been fancy but couldn’t justify buying because you do have loads of dresses/ lipsticks/ shoes etc. Hopefully you got rid of a few items while de-clattering and now there is a room in your wardrobe for new things!

If you need help with Spring Cleaning in London our GreenLeaf London Cleaning Company will happy to provide this particular cleaning well as with Domestic Cleaners in London and Cleaning Services in London.

Visit our website http://www.greenleaf-cleaning.co.uk/ for more information or call via free phone number: 0800 032 6248

 


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Which Eco-friendly cleaning products are really Eco-friendly?

Which Eco-friendly cleaning products are really Eco-friendly?

For a long time I thought that a cleaning product with a label Eco- friendly / from environmental range / Earth- friendly / Green / non-toxic / natural, etc. is in fact bio- degradable and harmless for the environment. Until one of our clients complained that the products we used in his household is not that green as he wished/ we promised.

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I requested a COSHH sheet for the product from the manufacturer and to my embarrassment it indeed said that it might be harmful to the aquatic life. I am not going to tell you what is the brand and what is the product, but it is explicitly says on the bottle that it is from Environmental Range. So came the realisation that not all green cleaning products are the same and in fact not all of them as green as they claim.

It’s called greenwashing, in case you didn’t know. Wikipedia defines the term as a form of spin in which green PR or green marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that an organization’s products, aims or policies are environmentally friendly.

Unfortunately not all of us are chemists and even if we read the ingredient list very carefully we still might not be able to identify the hidden threats. So what we are going to do in our next posts, is to choose brands, request their COSHH sheets and look behind the label saying Eco friendly! Watch this space!

If you need help with Eco Green Cleaning our GreenLeaf London Cleaning Company will happy to provide this particular cleaning well as Domestic Eco Cleaning and Commercial and Office Eco Cleaning.
Visit our website http://www.greenleaf-cleaning.co.uk/ for more information or call via free phone number: 0800 032 6248

 


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How to choose a reliable office cleaning provider

Awhile ago we discussed what it takes to find a reliable household cleaning service provider. This month it only makes sense do discuss what makes a good commercial property cleaning service supplier.
Again, the choice is vast so you have to know for sure what to pay attention to whilst searching for a reliable cleaning provider.
First of all, establish how long the company has been in business. 5 years experience is a good number. Having said that, it’s a very dynamic time for practically every industry so adaptability and modern approach is crucial.
The presence of necessary Health & Safety policies as well as COSH sheets is important- you want to make sure that your colleagues and you are in safe hands and the legal regulations are adhered to. If the company is certified by such bodies as SafeContractor or CHAS that is a sure sign that health and safety is taken seriously.
Quality monitoring is the cornerstone of every office cleaning service. If your office is big and requires a few cleaning operatives all day long, most likely you will have a manager who will be on the site most of the time monitoring the quality. If your office however requires only 2 hours daily or even less, a cleaner would be allocated to your premises, who will be left to her/ his devices and the quality of work will depend on their attention to detail, ability to work without supervision and their experience in the field. Relying on an individual is tricky. A serious service provider will have a programme in place which would enable to monitor the quality. This would normally include a regular schedule of spot-checks and reports, with further relevant steps, such as more frequent spot- checks , further training provided to the operatives or replacing them if necessary, shall the spot – check reports indicate poor quality of cleaning on site.
Finally, being a member of a recognised professional organisation is an advantage, in cleaning industry that would be BICS ( The British Institute of Cleaning Science). Keep in mind though, that any membership costs money which are inevitably reflected on the cost of the service.
If you need help with a Reliable office cleaning provider in London or Office Cleaning our GreenLeaf Cleaning Company will happy to provide this particular service.
Visit our website http://www.greenleaf-cleaning.co.uk/ for more information or call via free phone number:  0800 032 6248