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Product test: X Factor Spot Cleaner

Product test: X Factor Spot Cleaner

At Delphis Eco we are all about wellbeing and kindness, one of the reasons that here at Delphis Eco HQ we all sit on yoga balls - it's better for our posture, balance and focus.

The orders team hard at work on their yoga balls.

Once in a while it's time to clean our chair of choice and it can be a little tricky. Luckily we had our X Factor spot cleaner on hand to slice through the dirt. X Factor is perfect for tough stains, biro marks, red wine spills and more. 

Here's one that's got a little grubby, and we've helpfully put it next to some flowers for a comparison of what clean looks like. 

A close up of the grime. 

 

Our spot cleaner: X Factor getting to work.

 

To get your hands on a bottle of X Factor click here.

 

 

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In honour of Remembrance Day this year, Delphis Eco are donating £1 to the Royal British Legion for every box we sell.

In honour of Remembrance Day this year, Delphis Eco are donating £1 to the Royal British Legion for every box we sell.

In honour of Remembrance Day this year, Delphis Eco are donating £1 to the Royal British Legion for every box we sell. The Royal British Legion, is a British charity providing financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants. That’s £1 per box for an entire week, and it couldn’t go to a more worthy cause. We’ll also be observing a minute’s silence on the 11/11/17 in our offices – no phonecalls, emails or business. #BoxForBritain

 

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Celebrate Bonfire Night the greener way

Celebrate Bonfire Night the greener way

This Bonfire Night Delphis Eco offer 3 tips on how to have a greener bonfire...

Bonfire Night is great fun but the emissions created are much larger than you might expect. The government stated in 2012 that celebrations of November 5th had a worse effect on the UK's air quality than emissions from the country's waste incinerators for an entire year. 

We are promoting a greener bonfire by sticking to a few simple pointers: 

1. Try to only burn dry, clean and natural materials.  These could be products such as untreated wood or waste from your own garden. 

2. Don’t burn any manmade materials such as plastics, oil, rubber, or anything with a chemical or plastic coating, as these all produce huge amounts of pollutants.

3. Small switches – such as steering clear of firelighters and using dry leaves for kindling – will massively reduce the amount of smoke your fire produces.

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Halloween treats

Halloween treats

In celebration of Halloween mess and sticky fingers we're baking up a storm at Delphis Eco HQ. These pumpkin and orange cakes are a perfect way to incorporate seasonal pumpkins into your cake cupboard. Instead of just creating pumpkin lanterns try our halloween treats with the recipe below! 

 

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line a 30 x 20cm baking or small roasting tin with baking parchment. Put the flour, sugar, spice, bicarbonate of soda, sultanas and salt into a large bowl and stir to combine. Beat the eggs into the melted butter, stir in the orange zest and juice, then mix with the dry ingredients till combined. Stir in the pumpkin. Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 30 mins, or until golden and springy to the touch.
  2. To make the frosting, beat together the cheese, butter, icing sugar, orange zest and 1 tsp of the juice till smooth and creamy, then set aside in the fridge. When the cake is done, cool for 5 mins then turn it onto a cooling rack. Prick it all over with a skewer and drizzle with the rest of the orange juice while still warm. Leave to cool completely.
  3. If you like, trim the edges of the cake. Give the frosting a quick beat to loosen, then, using a palette knife, spread over the top of the cake in peaks and swirls. If you’re making the cake ahead, keep it in the fridge then take out as many pieces as you want 30 mins or so before serving. Will keep, covered, for up to 3 days in the fridge.

Once baked, simply wash hands with our Delphis Eco hand soap and wipe the surfaces down with our multi-purpose cleaner, or if for super tough stains - our specialist X Factor will do the trick. 

 

Happy halloween! 

 

 

 

*Recipe found at BBC good food. 

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Delphis Eco the cleaning potion of choice for Dark Arts Coffee.

Delphis Eco the cleaning potion of choice for Dark Arts Coffee.

Dark Arts coffee is inconspicuous, almost hard to find, just off a busy road, under a railway arch in Hackney, east London. The first thing you’ll probably see is a motorbike or two in the yard, before welcoming smell of the coffee hits you.

Dark Arts was set up by a group of friends, who by their own admission have “never made a business decision sober”, but they love what they do and they love coffee even more. 

It makes for interesting ‘furniture’ to drink your coffee amongst the machinery that brought it to life.

The Dark Arts team

Delphis: Why did you begin using Delphis Eco, and what difference have you noticed since?

Talia: I’ve been in London for 6 years now, working in hospitality, and managing coffee shops. One of the shops I worked in was really keen to use Delphis Eco, because it’s environmentally friendly. I’d used it there and knew it worked well, so when I set up Dark Arts Coffee it was an easy choice for us. We had some other products lying around the kitchen, and no one ever wanted to do the washing up because it made their hands really gross, one of my staff was getting tough, scabbed skin. Once I had our Delphis Eco order replace the other stuff, we really noticed the difference on our hands. Oh my god my hands are so much better! So I think about the environmental impact of what we do, but I also worry about my staff and the effects on their health. I have to use something that’s safe for them, which they’re happy using. We prepare food here, so we’re cleaning as we go, all day every day, we just can’t use harsh chemicals in our daily life. I always recommend Delphis Eco.

 

D: Why are there so many vegan options at Dark Arts, but also bacon and fish on offer alongside it?

T: I'm veggie, Brad’s a meat eater, some of us are vegan, and our group of friends could never find somewhere decent we all wanted to eat together. Sometimes vegan food can be done in such a boring way, but we want to make something delicious, where our meat eater-friends were excited by the menu too. It’s also important that we could give everyone a straight answer about what meat we use and show we're choosing wisely. Our meat is sourced from a farmer we know – we have to be accountable for everything we do and everything we use, the quality of our food depends on it. We can only be certain we’re giving people great food when we know exactly where everything we use comes from

Talia - Dart Arts owner.

D: Where do you see Dart Arts’ place in looking after the environment?

T: It's super important to us, as we rely on products which are farmed, coffee beans to plant-based cleaning products, and obviously these depend on the environment they grow in. So if we don’t choose responsibly, and make sure it’s sustainable, then our quality is not ensured for the future.

In regards to how we see ourselves looking to help the environment, it really comes down to choosing products such as Delphis Eco. Also, our menu which is trying to promote vegan options and vegetarianism, it’s so important right now. If anyone has watched any recent food exposés, you’ll know this is important, and it’s also making people eat consciously, and with less effect on the planet. Our eggs and some of our produce comes from Brockmans, which is a biodynamic-organic supplier and then our meat comes from Hill & Szok. Every decision is a chance to be sustainable.

To find out more about Dark Arts Coffee head to: darkartscoffee.co.uk

To switch to a more sustainable cleaning choice visit, delphiseco.com

 

 

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What does Delphis Eco mean to the RSPB?

What does Delphis Eco mean to the RSPB?

 

Here at Delphis Eco, it’s no surprise that we value the important work the RSPB do to give nature a home, and are honoured to have them amongst some of our oldest customers. We spoke to RSPB’s Environmental Manager, Sarah, about why they chose Delphis Eco, and what sustainability means for them.

Delphis: What does sustainability mean for you at RSPB?

Sarah: The RSPB works to save nature, which is in dire trouble, around the world and in the UK. We’re facing mass extinctions, and one of the key reasons is that we’re living unsustainably; we’re using too much of the wrong stuff, especially in the west. The RSPB has to demonstrate responsible action, and show that we can care for our world and maintain a quality of life too. We have limited resources and we have a lot to do to save nature. So it’s great to find simple things that everyone can do to be more sustainable, like using eco-friendly cleaning chemicals on our sites.

 

Compost crew – staff digging out our compost bins at Sandy HQ

Delphis: What products did you use before? Why did you change?

Sarah: Within the RSPB each workplace choses their own suppliers and products, but we recommend Delphis Eco across all of our sites, and we provide guidance for staff and cleaners. Delphis Eco products are important for us for practical reasons too, because a lot of our sites aren’t on mains sewage. We have to pick carefully as we don’t want chemicals upsetting the microbes in our septic tanks! Delphis Eco fits the bill.

D: What support have Delphis Eco provided?

S: Initially I went through your ingredients, to check they meet our own environmental policy and the information was really helpful and straightforward

D: How do you see your place in looking after the environment?

S: Of direct relevance is the need to maintain the water quality and not cause any unnecessary pollution. This is crucial for our wetland nature reserves. As an organisation, we have our own environmental management system, to monitor and minimise our own impacts. We have five objectives - carbon emissions, waste, water, legal compliance and buying (how products we use may have an effect on global wildlife). We also encourage other organisations we may work with to do the same.

 

Great White Egret – fishing at our Ham Wall reserve

 

D: How do you see your place / influence in the community?

S: We have an amazing community of supporters of the RSPB, over 1 million members. We couldn’t survive without them. And it’s not just subscriptions, people are also incredibly generous with their time - we are lucky to have many fantastic volunteers. Each nature reserve is part of its local community too. Our reserves are wonderful places to relax, exercise or meet up with friends and family. Nature gives us so much and we need to take better care of our environment however we can.

 

The sun bear is the RSPB's poster boy for their Environmental Purchasing Policy, which includes cleaning products.

 

To find out more about the RSPB's work and how to get involved head to: http://www.rspb.org.uk

To try some of the products mentioned by Sarah go to: https://delphiseco.com/products/home-cleaning-starter-box-1

 

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Today Bread - meet our customer

Today Bread - meet our customer

Graphic designer turned baker, Alexandre, likes to take things slowly. His sourdough takes three days to make, and usually sells out. He set up Today Bread in Walthamstow a month ago, carefully considering every element of Today Bread to ensure it has the best possible impact in the community and the environment. They bake with organic flour, crowdfunded their oven, deliver the bread by cargo bike to local customers, and use Delphis Eco cleaning products to reduce their environmental impact.

 

They discovered Delphis Eco by recommendation, and feel confident using them, as trusting their suppliers is critical to ensuring the delivery of the bakery’s core values. They selected their coffee roasters based on their ethical treatment of coffee farmers, and any unsold bread at the end of the day is reincarnated as bread pudding, or, more often, given to local foodbank Heat or Eat. Each large or small action they take pays careful homage to their social and environmental values.

 

Today Bread’s day to day actions are firmly rooted in their local community, and they understand their place in it. Where each thing comes from, and ends up, is a conscious choice, which is why Delphis Eco is a perfect fit for them; “we’re trying to create an environment and it’s important that everything in this environment goes together” Alexandre believes. Delphis Eco’s environmentally-friendly cleaning products simply help them ensure their actions are consistent with their philosophy of doing things carefully, responsibly, and traceably. Delphis Eco cleaning products are plant-based, and have all been designed to have the least possible impact on aquatic life. Further to this, the products come in concentrate form, which saves vital storage space in the small bakery, and also reduces their carbon footprint.  This means that something as crucial as maintaining high standards of food hygiene, doesn’t require Today Bread to compromise on their sustainable and environmentally conscious business model.

 

Provenance is a central tenet for Today Bread. They don’t even sell croissants, which would need to be made off-site. Even though the small team of bakers get asked for croissants most days, they won’t buy them in. Alexandre says of his food, “I need to know exactly what’s inside and where it’s come from. Perhaps one day when we can make our own croissants in this kitchen…” Until then, customers will just have to enjoy all the other delicious offerings at Today Bread, and maybe try something completely new – it seems to be working, the customers keep coming back!

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Wandsworth SME create 100% recycled plastic packaging - while Coca Cola, M&S, Unilever and Pepsi claim they can't commit until 2025. Can't or won't?

Wandsworth SME create 100% recycled plastic packaging - while Coca Cola, M&S, Unilever and Pepsi claim they can't commit until 2025. Can't or won't?

Speaking at the fourth annual 'Our Oceans' conference in Malta, Prince Charles stressed the importance of plastic waste in our oceans. 

The conference was also addressed by Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, Federica Mogherini, the EU Foreign Affairs High Commissioner, and Karmenu Vella, the EU's Fisheries Commissioner, to name a few.

The conference is expected to bring an announcement of pledges to protect the sea, 40 ministers from over 100 countries are in attendance. 

Prince Charles urged the consumer to match the commitment made by a few worldwide brands in an desperate effort to stop plastic pollution further destroying our oceans.

Sign Delphis Eco's Plastic Pledge here

The Prince said, “Plastic is indeed now on the menu!  Faced with such damaging effects on the ocean from plastic waste from the throw-away, convenience lifestyles of many around the world, it is, I believe, utterly crucial that we transition to a circular economy.” 

By 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish warned researches, a fact that Price Charles highlighted at the conference. 

A prediction that only highlights the lack of urgency from brand heavyweights, such as Coca Cola and M&S, stating a vague timeframe of transitioning to recycled plastic packaging by 2025. 

 

If we can do it, why can't they?

 

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Delphis Eco launch the ‘Plastics Pledge’ in an effort to generate conversation surrounding single-use plastics.

Delphis Eco launch the ‘Plastics Pledge’ in an effort to generate conversation surrounding single-use plastics.

 

Last week brought Recycle Week, with Delphis Eco determined to educate and inform people about the environmental impact of single-use plastics. Single-use plastics currently encompass far too many everyday household products, such as milk bottles, shampoo containers, straws and plastic carrier bags, to name a few. These items have a tiny use period. On average a plastic bag is used for just twelve minutes before being discarded.

 

Currently no FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) firms use 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) packaging or have even committed to it. 

This means that only 5-7% of nearly 300 million tonnes of plastic waste per year is being recycled. This is not good enough.

 

We launched the Plastics Pledge as a webpage, where anyone can pledge that they agree that large companies need to be held accountable for their sustainability and offer better reuse of plastics within their manufacturing.

 

To sign the pledge please go to: https://themilkbottlechallenge.org

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Primary school recycling warriors approve Delphis Eco’s 100% Post Consumer Recycled Plastic packaging

Primary school recycling warriors approve Delphis Eco’s 100% Post Consumer Recycled Plastic packaging
Constantly chasing the vision of 100% global sustainability, Delphis Eco met up with Louis, 6, Sophie, 7, Rachel, 8 and Nicholas, 7 of Damer’s First School during Recycling Week. We aimed to answers their questions, listen to their opinions and to introduce them to their own box of our new 100% Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) packaging.

 

Damer’s First School, Dorset, already take part in Delphis Eco’s “Eco Turtle” Project. The project was developed by school children, aimed to design a system where their parents could access ecological cleaning products for the home and raise money for their school. By understanding sustainability pupils are able to see how everyday actions can affect our planet. The box of our new 100% PCR cleaning fluids will replace their existing Delphis Eco packaged products already in the ‘Eco Turtle’ scheme, which will then be recycled.
 
 
 
 
The children, of primary age, were eager to see the new Delphis Eco packaging and to understand more about the process and impact of the commitment going forward. The children were instantly able to see the potential of PCR packaging, with excited remarks about when we could start innovating the same with plastic bags.
 
 
 
 
Their thoughtful and intelligent comments about sustainability highlight the impact of teaching children to care for the environment at a young age. The teacher informed me they even chose to attend after school classes to further discuss the subject, and find out more ways they can help.
 
 
 

It was clear to see just how passionate the children of Damer’s really are about the environment. They were all too excited to tell Delphis Eco, CEO Mark Jankovich all about their sustainable endeavours at school. Louis, aged 6, said
 
“Pretty much everyone cares about the environment at our school. We do lots for it, like we have a recycling point; we recycle things and get money back for it. Things like pens, biscuit wrappers and the things that go into the printer.”
 
 
The school also have their own garden where they produce fresh produce, and even make mint tea. The school itself is a new eco school boasting super efficiency and utilising solar panels were possible. The children even have their own business - recycling school paper made into pulp, that wild flower seeds are added to and put into moulds. They are then planted into beds and pots to grow beautiful wild flowers. Last year this business even made £915 for the school!
 
What a fantastic example these children are setting.
CEO Mark Jankovich asked the children one simple question.... 'why is recycling important?' This is what they said. All words are their own and there was absolutely no prompting. 

 

 

7-year-old Nicholas making the point that plastic certainly doesn't just go away. 

Sophie, also 7 explaining why recycling is the only option going forward, and outlines her brilliantly accurate understanding of the damage we're doing to the environment.  

 Louis, aged just 6.

And Rachel, aged 7.

 
 
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