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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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ECO PIONEERS: Battersea based Delphis Eco launch what they believe to be the UK's first entirely recycled plastic packaging.

ECO PIONEERS:  Battersea based Delphis Eco launch what they believe to be the UK's first entirely recycled plastic packaging.

British eco cleaning-chemical manufacturer, Delphis Eco, have created a second life for single use plastic by pioneering, what they believe to be a world first - 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic packaging. The new packaging launches across their full range during Recycle Week (September 25th - 29th).

In an era that sees our world awash with plastic waste, Delphis Eco have challenged the international manufacturing status quo. Delphis Eco are working with the UK’s leading waste collectors to produce recycled plastic granules from HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) plastic, which will form its new 100% PCR packaging.

Additionally, with relentless determination, Delphis Eco has partnered with specialist producers to blow its bottles achieving the unique 100% food grade quality PCR level. The result – a long-awaited ‘closing the loop’ breakthrough in the use of HDPE recycled waste.

This signals the onset of a new standards where manufacturers and consumers can expect to see a shift in how waste is recycled and more importantly, how it subsequently enters the supply chain.

Furthermore, the new Delphis Eco packaging looks great, is totally robust and has been declared entirely ‘fit for purpose’ following rigorous tests to ensure its suitability and durability.

CEO, Mark Jankovich, says:

“It has taken five years to get to this point, and the journey is just beginning when it comes to creating a movement to increase the world’s level of recycling from between 5% - 7%, to 10% and beyond. Our breakthrough is showing the world that there can be a second life for single use plastic. The fantastic benefits are an immediate reduction in what goes into the ocean, landfill or is burnt.

“And if we, as a relatively small player, can bring this 100% PCR packaging to the UK market – why can’t the big players!

“By driving this change to our packaging – which incidentally, many people said couldn’t be done - we have taken 500 tonnes of carbon emissions out of the equation. Just imagine if the large, international brands followed suit. Waste plastic is a huge issue and we are still only scratching the surface at finding a solution of how to get rid of it.

“Consumers are ready to realign their purchasing habits and we are seeing an increase in high profile campaigns to drive awareness and change – Sky Oceans and ZSL, to name a few”.

“Right now - big corporates and government are behind the curve. The issue needs to be embedded high on their agendas to realise that consumers want recycled / up-cycle plastics, and to drive, through legislation if necessary, a shift in the manufacturing approach to ensure a closed loop supply cycle.

Media headlines have been dominated with distressing pictures of ocean plastic and the destruction this has caused to the environment and to marine wildlife, which inadvertently consumes plastic and subsequently returns into the food chain.

Jankovich continues:

“The unpalatable facts remain that over 500 million plastic bottles are used globally EACH day. The UK consumes 38 million plastic bottles per day. Only 5% to 7% of virgin plastic is recycled, which means that at least 93% goes to landfill, gets burned or lands up in the sea where it takes over 450 years to biodegrade. It is estimated that over 8 million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the ocean each year – a dump trucks worth per minute. The problem
is mounting and collectively, we have to take responsibility.

“We believe everyone has the obligation to be more sustainable and for the last 10 years have produced the UK’s most accredited eco cleaning range for the commercial cleaning and out of home sectors. Now, with the world’ first PCR 100% packaging, we hope that big international corporates will sit up and take note by embracing the responsibility to invest in and drive a paradigm shift on how we recycle plastic and use PCR waste.”

Delphis Eco already holds two Royal Warrants and is proud to be leading on the world stage in bringing to market a workable proposition to using post-consumer recycled (PCR).

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Delphis Eco creates the UK’s first 100% post-consumer-recycled (PCR) plastic bottle

Delphis Eco creates the UK’s first 100% post-consumer-recycled (PCR) plastic bottle

After years of not taking no for an answer Delphis Eco has closed the loop by working with our customers, waste collectors, recyclers and bottle blowers to create the UK’s first 100% PCR bottle.

We are a leading innovator and manufacturer of ecological cleaning products however packaging is a significant part so believe it’s our duty to challenge and innovate all inputs and are delighted to have created a 100% PCR bottle.

Only 5% of the world’s 300million tons of virgin plastic made each year is recycled. 8million tons gets dumped into our oceans each year which is a huge environmental issue and everybody’s concern. Most of the UK’s plastic is either incinerated, or sent to China or India for recycling, before being returned as low grade plastic, unsuitable for consumer products.

We’ve seen limited edition reclaimed-ocean-plastic bottles from big brands which is fantastic. Sadly however, Unilever, Coke, Proctor & Gamble etc have only committed to increasing the PCR content in their packaging to up to 30%, and over many years.

We’ve closed the loop by having our customers plastic waste collected, refined, re-blown and sold back for reuse, all in the UK.

This circular-economy innovation serves several key goals;

  • Create the UK’s first 100 % closed-loop supply chain for our plastic bottles
  • 70% reduction in carbon versus using virgin plastic
  • Inspire households and corporates to recycle better

This innovation creates a ‘downstream’ market;

  • Reducing waste to landfill or into our oceans
  • Increase the measly 5% plastic recycling rate
  • Bring the practicalities of closed loop products within reach

Delphis Eco have made truly sustainable and award winning cleaning chemicals for 10years. By switching to 100% PCR we expect to save 440 tones of carbon a year! WRAP calculated that bottle-to-bottle recycling saves 1tonne of CO2 per tone of plastic recycled.

We hope our pioneering 100% PCR bottle will encourage corporates to work with their customers and stakeholders to create a circular economy and also empower households in the fight to create a more sustainable world.

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Cookery School at Little Portland Street

Cookery School at Little Portland Street

Sustainability has always been a key part of Cookery School at Little Portland Street's ethos. Since 2003, the school's founder Rosalind Rathouse, has been inspiring and teaching students how to cook good food with confidence using her principle-led teaching approach that provides sustainable learning.

Cookery School at Little Portland Street was runner-up for" Most sustainable Cookery School" in the UK Cookery School Awards 2014 - no mean feat for a central London location - and has a three star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), making them the most sustainable cooking school in London.

Although there has been an industry wide move toward improving sustainability, Rosalind believes the catering sector is moving far too slowly when it comes to adopting sustainability practices. 

Cookery School at Little Portland Street has always focused on minimising the impact on the environment by recycling all waste, using renewable energy and sourcing local and seasonal produce where possible.

In an effort to become even more sustainable, Cookery School at Little Portland Street realised that they needed to adopt a more eco-friendly way of cleaning so they made the switch to Delphis Eco, the leading manufacturer of ecological cleaning products in the UK.

Rosalind was impressed that the range of Delphis Eco's products were not only very effective but also carbon neutral, non-scented and that the bottles are refilled and diluted from concentrate at a central dosing station in the kitchen.

In every class and course at Cookery School at Little Portland Street, students are encouraged to think about sustainability and consider how they could lessen their impact on the environment. Rosalind says "We show our students how easy it is to be more sustainable at home and at work just by making small tweaks, such as thinking about which products they use, sourcing local and seasonal ingredients and not using cling film or foil."

With Delphis Eco, all products are made from ecological ingredients making them safer for the environment and the people using them. "We've been really pleased with Delphis Eco products because it is the only total system available that fits our requirements," says Rosalind. "It doesn't pollute the environment, and for us that's very important."

Delphis Eco has received Royal Warrants from both HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Prince of Wales, in addition to being named the "Food Made Good" supplier of the year 2016 by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. With a business model that contributes to minimising pollution and its impact on the environment at every stage, Delphis Eco perfectly complements Cookery School's commitment to sustainability.

Delphis Eco has received Royal Warrants from both HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Prince of Wales, in addition to being named the "Food Made Good" supplier of the year 2016 by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. With a business model that contributes to minimising pollution and its impact on the environment at every stage, Delphis Eco perfectly complements Cookery School's commitment to sustainability.

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New plant-based cleaning products slash emissions at Rendall & Rittner

New plant-based cleaning products slash emissions at Rendall & Rittner
Residential managing agent Rendall & Rittner has revealed it is using new plant-based cleaning solutions across its 44,000 London units as a way to reduce product use, lower emissions and improve financial savings.

Rendall & Rittner will use plant-based sanitisers and multi-purpose cleaners from ecological cleaning company Delphis Eco to reduce annual emissions by 477 tonnes – the carbon equivalent of circumnavigating the world 330 times.

The product range – which has been awarded with two Royal Warrants – will be incorporated across all London units after a successful pilot scheme at three of the company’s developments. As well as the aforementioned carbon savings, the new partnership will see the number of different cleaning products used by staff fall by 40%.

Rendall & Rittner’s director Catherine Riva said: “This project has enhanced our approach to sustainability, not just through our company but across our supply chain. We wanted to make our suppliers aware of the products and show them the benefits of going green. This successful partnership has shown that we can play a proactive role in managing sustainable developments by asking those we work with to follow our lead.”

As well as using the cleaning products on-site the company has also mandated its supply chain to use the product, with one supplier revealing annual savings of £6,000 as a result of the switch. In total, Rendall & Rittner believe that the products could reduce chemical spend and save customers £50,000 each year.

The products are designed to reduce the amount of packaging and transportation required to move large quantities of the plant-based cleaning chemicals. Delphis Eco delivers a box of two, five litre products compared to 55 boxes of six trigger spray products. The change in delivery saves 332 bottles and uses 54 less deliveries – leading to carbon savings of 331.84kgs.

Delphis Eco’s chief executive Mark Jankovich added: “All of our products are shipped in concentrate form to reduce transport and carbon miles. But that’s the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sustainability. This project with Rendall & Rittner is a great example of one company influencing their supply chain to make that green step change. It has forged the way for other FM companies to use ecological products and we would love to see more companies taking the lead.”

Planting the concept

A new pilot scheme between the two companies will be established later this year as a means of introducing residents and the developments to the products. Refill stations for the plant-based cleaners will be provided on site.

The use of plant-based resources has usually been reserved for a plastic replacement or as biofuels. Both Tetra Pak and Coca-Cola have been pioneering plant-based packaging as a means to lower carbon emissions and reduce the amount of plastic waste produced.

With the use of biofuel in vehicles still up for debate, the cleaning and residential sector could potentially become a primary source for plant-based liquids to be utilised as a means to lower emissions.

Click here to view the original article by Matt Mace of edie.net

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