We believe the various expressions referring to cleaning and hygiene chemicals such as 'Safe to the Environment' or 'Environmentally Friendly' are contradictions in terms as every chemical has some impact on the environment.
How do you judge whether a product has a high or low impact on the environment?
Some manufacturing companies may decide that if a product contains biodegradable surfactants or is neutral, it is sufficient justification to make such claims.
If a highly active neutral product is used undiluted, how does this compare with an alkali product that is diluted 1 part to 100 parts water? Which has the least impact on the environment?
The Enov range of chemicals has been formulated to ensure the impact is kept to an absolute minimum and has been designed to comply with all current European Regulations concerning biodegradability and the preservation of the environment.
There are various schemes used in Europe to determine environmental impact but none takes account of all of the relevant factors.
The impact rating is determined using the following 7 criteria:-
1. Raw materials used.
2. Risk of release to the environment.
3. Environmental hazard classification.
4. Impact of water used in a product.
5. Impact of usage.
7. Impact of energy used to prepare & manufacture a finished product.
Each product is analysed in order to produce a score. The lower the overall score, the lower the impact it has on the environment.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was created in October 2008, bringing together energy policy with climate change mitigation policy– http://www.decc.gov.uk
The Mayor of London's Green Procurement Code is a support service for London based organisations committed to reducing their environmental impact through responsible purchasing. http://www.greenprocurementcode.co.uk