Environmentally Friendly Cleaning

With the recent Climate Strikes and worldwide outcry for better solutions to the Climate Emergency, we at Ikon felt the need to add our voice to the crowd. We intentionally founded the business on the principles of sustainability and environmentalism, and continuously strive to do more to reduce our environmental impact, both for ourselves and our customers. We appreciate the major effort everyone needs to make in the coming years to try to reverse some of the damage that has been done and create a sustainable future. To paraphrase the Bard –‘Though we be but little, we are fierce!’ – we believe that the small changes that we make are helping make the planet better. We will never make the biggest difference, but we are to dedicated to becoming industry leaders in sustainable commercial cleaning.

Here are some current policies in place that help us to do so:

  1. Reducing Water Waste
    1. By using microfibre cloths across every site we greatly reduce the amount of water used in surface cleans
    1. Similarly, we choose flat mops which use 12x less water than other types of mop!
  2. Lowering our Carbon Footprint
    1. We constantly research into and invest in new technologies to stay up to date with energy efficiency standards
    1. Our staff are trained to efficiently clean, reducing the amount of electricity used which both reduces ours and our customer’s carbon footprints- and their electricity bill!
  3. Recycling
    1. Whilst emptying bins we ensure that all materials are appropriately sorted for recycling
    1. We discuss with our customers how to better implement recycling schemes where appropriate
  4. Re-usables
    1. We do not use any single use plastics or cloths, instead investing in products that can be cleaned and re-used for years
    1. We also arrange with each customer that our staff have access to their facilities to make drinks- reducing the number of single use plastics our staff bring in
  5. Chemical Use
    1. As stated, we utilise microfibre technologies which are proven to reduce the need for chemicals, limiting the amount of contamination in the water supplies
    1. We discuss with our suppliers the most efficient
  6. Staff Training
    1. Our environmental ethos is made clear to our staff when they start with us
    1. We train our cleaners in our techniques that were specifically designed to minimise our environmental impact
    1. Our managers are also trained to identify areas which require improvement to be more sustainable and eco-friendly
  7. Charitable Donations
    1. We support the work of 4Ocean, who are clearing the oceans of plastic and supplying jobs for people worldwide
    1. We are always looking to expand our partnerships, so any recommendations are welcome!

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