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    Have yourself a Merry (Eco) Christmas

    Have yourself a Merry (Eco) Christmas
    'Tis the season to be jolly, but let's face, it has huge environmental implications - both from an over-consumption perspective and waste. But it doesn't need to fill you with eco-guilt, there's so many ways you can reduce your impact over the festive season. Here are a few ways you can bring the Merry back to Christmas. Continue reading

    Pioneering sustainability with Sam Lawrence at BM Caterers as she joins our growing family of “Delphis Heroes”.

    Pioneering sustainability with Sam Lawrence at BM Caterers as she joins our growing family of “Delphis Heroes”.

    Sam Lawrence, General Manager at BM Caterers, orchestrates a whirlwind operation at one of the biggest global law firms in London, looking after over 900 customers daily with a dedicated team of 53. We've partnered with BM Caterers on the latest iteration of our “Heroes” campaign not only because of their affinity for our products but also because we value collaborating with businesses that, like us, are committed to sustainability. 

    Our founder and CEO, Mark Jankovich, sat down with Sam where she shared that her journey to becoming more environmentally conscious started when she joined BM Caterers. Following her joining, the pandemic reinforced the fragility of our planet, inspiring her to increase her positive impact. 

    Thanks to Sam's leadership and the BM team's dedication, they introduced fantastic processes like carbon labelling and championing the 'Say No To Dispo' initiative, a movement to replace all disposable plastic with ceramic reusable dinnerware. By using a platform called Nutritics, they were able to identify the carbon footprint of each meal, introducing labelling to empower both staff and customers to make more informed choices. For example, swapping the carbon-heavy beef lasagna for the vegetarian mushroom option massively reduces the meal's impact.  

    Sam also revealed her hands-on approach to waste management at work. Through these efforts, food waste at Freshfields plummeted from 26% to 8%! This achievement, with 900 customers a day, shows that the scale of this reduction has a real impact. Plus, the supply chain operations, featuring electric deliveries and planned schedules, means that they can cut their carbon footprint even further. These initiatives really demonstrate the commitment and determination at BM to implement sustainability at every level of their operations. 

    What’s even more impressive, is that Sam brings this level of commitment into her home. She’s become a “food waste warrior, and she’s even convinced her "bleach-obsessed husband" to give our retail products a try. Now he's completely converted. 

    So, from commercial kitchens to family dinner tables, Sam chooses Delphis Eco as her preferred cleaning partner because she can do her bit for the planet both at work and at home. 

    To learn more about Sam and BM Caterers, don't miss our exclusive interview with our Founder and CEO, Mark Jankovich.

    Watch the full interview here.

     

     

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    Unmasking the True Cost of the Cleaning and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Industries

    Unmasking the True Cost of the Cleaning and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Industries

    It costs the NHS £387 million to treat patients with lung cancer each year. There is a clear link between lung cancer and smoking, however, a little-known and understood contributor to this disease is also lurking in household cleaning products. These products, which churn out harmful toxins (VOCs) into the air, are causing breathing problems, skin irritation and lung damage, putting strain on our already underfunded healthcare system.  

    This is an example of understanding the True Cost behind not only the products we procure and sell but also the ongoing costs of repairing the damage they are causing to our health, our community, and the environment.  

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    Get Smart on Recycling: What You Need to Know

    Get Smart on Recycling: What You Need to Know

    Recycling – it's not just a trend, it's a must to stop the mining of raw materials, stop millions of pieces of packaging going into landfill and polluting our air and oceans. This Recycle Week, we're getting into the rules and regulations that govern recycling; what's in, what's out, and what’s the latest.  

    UK's Bold Commitment 

    In July 2023, the UK government unveiled its ambitious plan: to recycle a whopping 65% of municipal waste by 2035. This game-changing initiative 'Maximising Resources, Minimising Waste' is set to revolutionise how we handle products and materials, helping to keep products and materials in circulation for as long as possible and at their highest value. 

    The Golden Rules 

    When it comes to plastics, flimsy equals non-recyclable, while durable equals recyclable. One of the most common flimsy plastics is cling film, super convenient in your home, but nearly impossible to recycle. Try swapping with reusable containers to store food or eco-friendly beeswax wraps to cover it. Opt for brands that use paper packaging over film-like plastics to ensure they have a better chance of being recycled after disposal. 

    The Colour Conundrum: ever wondered why some plastics are a recycling no-go? It's all about the colour. Coloured plastics often contain additives and pigments that complicate the recycling process. They can end up in landfills or incinerators, missing out on a chance for a new life. Clear plastics, on the other hand, are easily sorted and processed and have more repurposing possibilities. 

    ‘Wish Cycling’ 

    Wish cycling is the term used when individuals unintentionally taint their recycling bin with contaminants, all in the hope that the item is recyclable. According to WRAP , 84% of households are regularly 'wish cycling'. Surprisingly, it's the 55+ age group who are the recycling pros, while Gen Zs are still finding their way around the recycling guidelines. Remember, items with traces of food or drink cannot be processed at recycling facilities. Steer clear of recycling food containers with over 8% residue; a frequent oversight found in take-out containers, greasy pizza boxes, and jars left unwashed. 

     According to WRAP, 2022's Top Contaminants found in Recycling Bins are: 

    • Drinking glasses (33%) 
    • Foil pouches (29%) 
    • Toothpaste tubes (26%) 
    • Plastic film lids (24%) 
    • Tissues & Paper towels (22%) 
    • Glass cookware (22%) 
    • Plastic film (20%) 
    • Cartons (19%) 
    • Plastic toys (18%) 
    • Frozen vegetable bags (18%) 

    Most Missed Recycling Opportunities: 

    • Glass perfume/aftershave bottles (52%) 
    • Foil (27%) 
    • Aerosols (22%) 
    • Plastic trays (14%) 
    • Plastic cleaning bottles (11%) 
    • Plastic pots (10%) 
    • Plastic toiletries/shampoo bottles (10%) 
    • Cartons (9%) 
    • Food cans/tins (8%) 
    • Drink cans (6%) 

    Our part in this 

    At Delphis Eco we are extremely passionate about reducing the use of virgin materials throughout our supply chain, as part of our ambitious goal to be carbon neutral by 2030.  

    Our triggers are innovatively designed with a vacuum pump, which means no metal springs or mixed materials, making them super easy to recycle. 

    Our delivery boxes are made from FSC-approved recycled cardboard (even the liner) and we only use recyclable packing tape. Our bottles are crafted entirely from 100% recycled British milk bottles and are fully recyclable.  

    By using PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic), our bottles are able to stay within a circular loop lifecycle for longer (image above). In 2022, we repurposed 1,530,304 one-litre milk plastic bottles, diverting them away from landfills and oceans. By doing this, we not only managed to save 35 tonnes of plastic materials but also significantly reduced our carbon footprint by 61%. 

    So, in a world where every action counts, let’s get recycling. 🌿♻️ 

     

    (Third party verified data by Climate Partner) 

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    How to remove limescale: effective ways to remove stubborn buildup

    How to remove limescale: effective ways to remove stubborn buildup

     

    Limescale, that pesky white and chalky residue, can quickly turn your sparkling bathroom fixtures into an eyesore. Whether it's your toilet, bath, shower, or kettle, limescale buildup is a common challenge many homes and commercial spaces face. 

    In this guide, we'll explore the most effective methods to bid adieu to limescale and restore that shine. From learning how to remove limescale from toilets to tackling the thickest deposits, we've got you covered.

    What is limescale? 

    Limescale, also known as calcium carbonate, forms when hard water evaporates, leaving behind mineral deposits. Over time, these deposits accumulate, resulting in the chalky, unsightly residue we all know too well.

    Tools and ingredients you'll need, regardless of where your limescale issue is

    For a DIY approach:

    • White Vinegar: A natural acid that works wonders on limescale
    • Lemon Juice: Another acid-based solution that's environmentally friendly
    • Baking Soda: A versatile household ingredient with gentle abrasive properties
    • Toothbrush or scrubbing pad: For gently scrubbing away deposits

    For a straight from the bottle approach that’s super effective:

    Choose from these options depending on where your limescale is.

    Removing limescale from toilets

    Toilets are notorious for limescale buildup, especially under the rim. Here's how to tackle it:

    1. Vinegar Soak: Pour a generous amount of white vinegar into the toilet bowl, ensuring the limescale is submerged. Let it sit overnight. Scrub with a toilet brush and flush.

    2. Lemon Juice Paste: Create a paste with lemon juice and baking soda. Apply it to the limescale and let it sit for an hour. Scrub and flush.

    Banishing Limescale from baths and showers

    1. Vinegar Spray: Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar. Spray the affected areas and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Scrub and rinse.

    2. Baking Soda Scrub: Make a paste using baking soda and water. Apply it to the limescale, let it sit for 15 minutes, scrub, and rinse.

    How to remove limescale from kettles in six easy steps

    1. Fill your kettle halfway with equal parts water and white vinegar

    2. Bring the mixture to a boil. As it boils, the vinegar's acid will break down the limescale deposits.

    3. Turn off the kettle and let it sit for about an hour. If the limescale is particularly stubborn, you might want to leave it overnight.

    4. Scrub and rinse - after the soaking period, use a soft cloth or a brush with soft bristles to gently scrub away the loosened limescale. Be careful not to scratch the kettle's interior. Rinse the kettle thoroughly with clean water multiple times to ensure there's no vinegar residue left behind.

    5. Fill the kettle with clean water and bring it to a boil
    6. Discard the water and repeat the boiling water rinse once more to remove any remaining traces of vinegar.

    Your kettle should now be limescale-free and ready to brew your favourite drinks without any unwanted flavours or residues.

    Dealing with Thick Limescale Deposits

    Thicker deposits might require a bit more effort, but these methods can make a significant difference:

    1. Vinegar Soak: Soak a cloth in vinegar and place it over the limescale. Let it sit for a few hours, scrub, and rinse

    2. Commercial Limescale Removers: There are many commercial products specifically designed to tackle tough limescale, including our own version

    3. Preventing Future Buildup: Prevention is the key to maintaining a limescale-free bathroom. Consider these tips:

    • Install a Water Softener: If hard water is a recurring issue, a water softener can greatly reduce limescale buildup

    • Regular Cleaning: Incorporate routine cleaning with mild acid-based solutions to prevent limescale from accumulating

    • Squeegee Surfaces: After every shower, use a squeegee to remove excess water from surfaces, which will minimise mineral deposits

    So there we have it, while limescale may be stubborn, armed with the right tools and knowledge you can easily restore the shine of your bathroom, toilet, tiles and surfaces. Consistent maintenance and preventive measures can go a long way towards keeping your bathroom fixtures limescale-free and sparkling.

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    International Cat Day and the Importance of Pet-Friendly Cleaning Products

    International Cat Day and the Importance of Pet-Friendly Cleaning Products

    Celebrated annually on 8th August, International Cat Day, also known as World Cat Day, is a global observance dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness about cat welfare.

    The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) launched International Cat Day in 2002 and since then it has gained popularity and recognition, with cat lovers, animal organisations and social platforms joining in the celebration.

    The purpose of International Cat Day is multifaceted. Firstly, it aims to raise awareness about the various issues that cats face, including stray cat populations, abandonment, and mistreatment. It encourages people to consider adopting cats from shelters or rescue organisations and promotes responsible pet ownership.

    Secondly, International Cat Day celebrates the companionship and joy that cats bring to our lives. It acknowledges their unique personalities, playful nature, and the deep bond they form with their human counterparts. It's a day to spoil our feline friends with love, treats, toys, and extra attention.

    Moreover, International Cat Day serves as an opportunity to educate the public about cat care, health, and behaviour. It provides a platform to share important information on topics such as proper nutrition, regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, spaying/neutering and creating a safe home environment for cats.

     

    Keeping our homes safe for cats

    Pets make a house a home, but they also make a home dirtier, whether it's mud and dirt from outside, unforeseen accidents on floors, or their hair everywhere. As pet owners, we understand the challenges of maintaining a clean and safe environment for both our furry friends and our families. Unfortunately, many cleaning products on the market contain harmful chemicals that can pose a risk to our beloved pets. 

    At Delphis Eco, we are committed to providing pet-friendly cleaning products that are effective, safe for your pets, and safe for you.

     

    Why Choose Pet-Friendly Cleaning Products?

    When it comes to cleaning our homes, it's essential to be mindful of the products we use, especially if we have pets. Our furry companions are curious creatures and often come into direct contact with the surfaces we clean. Traditional cleaning products often contain harsh chemicals, such as ammonia, bleach, phthalates and phosphates, which can be toxic to animals. Pets can inadvertently ingest or inhale these substances, leading to various health issues, including skin irritations, respiratory problems, or even poisoning. By opting for pet-friendly cleaning products, we can protect our four-legged friends while maintaining a clean and healthy living space.


    Delphis Eco: Leading the Way in Pet-Friendly Cleaning

    We’ve made it our mission to provide environmentally friendly cleaning solutions that are also pet-friendly. We understand that pets are an integral part of our lives and their safety should be a top priority. Our range of pet-friendly cleaning products ensures your cleaning routine doesn't put your pets at risk. By using our products, you can enjoy a clean home without compromising the well-being of your furry companions.


    Benefits of Delphis Eco Pet-Friendly Cleaning Products

    • Non-Toxic Formulas: Delphis Eco's cleaning products are formulated without harmful chemicals, ensuring the safety of your pets. We prioritise using natural, plant-based ingredients, which are gentle on surfaces and kind to the environment
    • Effective Cleaning: Our eco-friendly approach doesn’t mean loss of effectiveness. Delphis Eco's products are highly effective at tackling dirt, stains, and odours. From pet-safe floor cleaners to multi-surface polishes, our range covers all your cleaning needs without compromising on performance
    • Biodegradable and Aquatic-Friendly: We’re not only concerned with the welfare of our animals at home but also those outside; especially in our oceans and waterways. It’s hugely important to use products which break down naturally, and quickly, and don’t leave lasting damage to our local ecosystems. 

    Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners:

    • Choose wisely: when purchasing cleaning products, always look for those labelled as pet-friendly or safe for animals. Read the labels carefully to ensure the absence of harmful chemicals
    • Keep pets away during the cleaning process, it's best to keep your pets in a separate area to prevent accidental contact with cleaning solutions. Once the surfaces have dried and the area is safe, you can allow your pets to roam freely
    • Regular Maintenance: Regular cleaning and maintenance can help reduce the amount of pet hair, dander, and dirt in your home. Vacuuming frequently, using lint rollers, and grooming your pets regularly can also significantly minimise the mess.

    Maintaining a clean and pet-friendly home is crucial for the well-being of both your furry friends and your family. With Delphis Eco's range of pet-friendly cleaning products, you can ensure a safe and clean living environment.

    Share your cat pics with us on Instagram using #DelphisEcoCats

    Got a pic to share of your cat alongside some Delphis Eco Cleaning products? Post them up on Instagram with the hashtag #DelphisEcoCats and give us a follow @DelphisEco and we’ll repost our favourites! Continue reading

    Empowering the Next Generation: Young People Leading the Charge Against Plastic Waste

    Empowering the Next Generation: Young People Leading the Charge Against Plastic Waste

    Our recent study, conducted by Ellie Meredith, sheds light on the concerns and actions of today's youth regarding plastic waste. The survey targeted children and young adults between 9 – 18 years of age and aimed to understand their perspectives on plastic pollution and their willingness to make a difference. The findings are insightful and inspiring, showcasing the passion and determination of the younger generation to combat this global issue. Let's explore the main discoveries of this research.


     Plastic pollution is a growing concern for the younger generation, with alarming statistics revealing their worries about plastic ending up in our oceans. Our recent survey revealed 77% of youngsters expressed their deep concern about this issue. Moreover, a significant 74% believed that products are unnecessarily overpackaged. However, there is hope on the horizon, as a substantial portion of these young activists demonstrated a strong willingness to embrace the challenge of going plastic-free during July. In this blog post, we will explore the inspiring ways in which children actively support their ideals and drive positive change to combat plastic waste.


    A Generation Determined to Make a Difference: The survey revealed that 60% of respondents expressed confidence in their ability to go plastic-free for July, while an additional 33% expressed a willingness to make an effort. This enthusiastic response reflects youngsters' growing awareness and determination to tackle the plastic waste crisis head-on.

    Recycling as a Family Commitment: An encouraging 95% of surveyed youngsters stated that recycling is taken seriously within their households. This strong family commitment to recycling demonstrates the collective effort to minimise waste and nurture a sustainable mindset from an early age.


    Children Driving Change Through Everyday Actions: Young people are taking matters into their own hands and actively seeking ways to support their ideals. Shopping for refills, recycling diligently, advocating for the use of non-toxic chemicals in homes and gardens, and making eco-swaps whenever possible are just a few examples of children's actions to reduce plastic waste in their daily lives.


    Harnessing the Power of Social Media: Today's children possess a profound understanding of the influence of social media. They leverage this powerful platform to amplify their perspectives, share their experiences, and mobilise others. By harnessing social media as a vehicle for change, these young activists are making their voices heard and inspiring others to join their cause.


    The younger generation is demonstrating a remarkable commitment to addressing plastic pollution. With their concerns about plastic in our oceans and their eagerness to embrace plastic-free initiatives, they are leading the change in creating a more sustainable future. Through their everyday actions and utilisation of social media, these young activists are igniting positive change and inspiring others to follow suit. Let us support and empower the next generation as they strive to make our world a cleaner and greener place.

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    Discover the Top 7 Eco-Friendly Cleaning Habits for Plastic-Free July!

    Discover the Top 7 Eco-Friendly Cleaning Habits for Plastic-Free July!

    Are you ready to take on the plastic-free July challenge but worried about maintaining a clean home without plastic-based cleaning products? We've got you covered! In this guide, we'll share the essential tips and habits to keep your home sparkling clean while making a positive impact on the planet throughout this important month.

    1. Opt for Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products: Switching to eco-friendly cleaning products is the easiest and quickest change you can make. At Delphis Eco, our sustainably sourced and less harmful cleaning solutions are as effective as conventional products, ensuring a clean home without compromising the environment.

    2. Embrace Compostable Bin Bags: Ditch plastic bin bags and opt for compostable alternatives made from plant-based materials. By doing so, you'll prevent harmful chemicals from seeping into landfills, as these bags decompose naturally within six months.

    3. Reuse and Refill Spray Bottles: Be environmentally conscious by reusing old cleaning spray bottles. At Delphis Eco we offer a range of refill options made from recycled plastic, reducing carbon emissions by an impressive 70%. Simply refill your spray bottles with our eco-friendly cleaning solutions and minimise plastic waste.

    4. Plastic-Free Scrubbers: Explore plastic-free scrubbers that offer antimicrobial properties without the environmental impact. Bamboo, coconut coir, and plant fiber scrubbers are excellent alternatives, providing durability and effective cleaning power.

    5. Try Laundry Detergent Strips: Opt for innovative laundry detergent strips packaged in minimal, compostable materials. Look for brands that use biodegradable ingredients, ensuring a clean laundry without harmful chemicals. Always check the labels for eco-friendly certifications.

    6. Swap Disposable Wipes for Hemp Cleaning Cloths: Say goodbye to disposable cleaning cloths and microfibre alternatives. Reusable hemp cleaning cloths are washable and biodegradable, providing a sustainable option without compromising cleanliness.

    7. Consider Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services like Cleaning Express: If time constraints make professional cleaning services a necessity, opt for local cleaners who can commute by walking or cycling. Request that they use your eco-friendly cleaning solutions and equipment to maintain your sustainable lifestyle.

    Achieving an eco-friendly cleaning routine is easier than you think. With the right cleaning solutions and sustainable equipment, you can maintain a clean home without harsh chemicals while contributing to a healthier planet. Make a positive impact this Plastic-Free July and discover that sustainable cleaning is both effective and rewarding.

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    It's Plastic-Free July!

    It's Plastic-Free July!


    Globally, only 9% of plastics are recycled each year. So, what happens to the plastic that is not recycled? Did you know that Europe consumes 4-6% of its oil and gas resources in the production of plastics? According to WRAP, it takes a whopping 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle from recycled materials compared to producing it from scratch. But what would happen if we increase our recycling efforts and build a circular economy to reduce plastic waste?


    Wait… What's the Buzz About a Circular Economy? 

    Imagine a world where nothing goes to waste! That's the magic of a circular economy. It's a regenerative system that aims to keep resources in use for as long as possible, extracting maximum value while minimising waste generation. When it comes to plastic waste, a circular economy focuses on creating a closed-loop system where plastic is recycled, reused, or repurposed instead of ending up in landfills or polluting our beautiful oceans. And that is exactly what we do at Delphis Eco. Did you know that so far, in 2023, we have saved a whopping 19,709kg of virgin plastic from being produced? Not only this but through using recycled plastic material, we have avoided an outstanding 30 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted. **


    The Plastic Problem

    Plastic waste is like a villain threatening our environment. Huge amounts of it end up in landfills, and sadly, many find their way into our oceans. This pollution harms our beloved marine life, disrupts delicate ecosystems, and contributes to the global environmental crisis. Embracing a circular economy for plastic is the key to breaking this harmful cycle.


    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

     In a circular economy, we can do our bit by reducing our plastic consumption. By making mindful choices and opting for sustainable alternatives, we can minimise the amount of plastic waste generated in the first place. And when plastic waste does come knocking, recycling swoops in to save the day!


    Innovations in Plastic Recycling

    To make the circular economy for plastic a reality, we need cutting-edge recycling technologies and infrastructure. Think advanced sorting systems, high-tech recycling processes, and brilliant innovations that turn old plastic into new treasures. These superpowers help us transform discarded plastics into raw materials for new products, reducing the demand for virgin materials and the environmental impact of plastic production.


    Rethinking Consumption and Design 

    A circular economy inspires us to rethink how we consume and design products. Manufacturers play a key role by creating easily recyclable items, using recycled content, or exploring fantastic biodegradable materials. By supporting these eco-friendly products, we ignite the growth of a circular economy and reduce plastic waste in style.


    So this Plastic-Free July, let's rethink our consumption of plastic and opt to buy PCR plastic, just like our Delphis bottles, made from recycled milk bottles, which are 100% recyclable. By recycling plastic waste, reducing our plastic consumption, and redesigning products with recyclability in mind, we can steer clear of landfills and protect our breathtaking oceans. Let's join forces, spread the word, and create a future where plastic waste is minimised. Together, we can make a lasting impact for generations to come. Let the adventure begin!



    ** Disclaimer: Our calculations have been independently verified by Climate Partner.

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