In a letter to foodservice operators, Delphis Eco recently asked some tough questions.....
"Everybody has a green-wash story, the circle of blame means nothing gets down or heads are down because of the economy.
Yes nobody fully understands the meaning of sustainability, all we know is that we need to be more mindful on a day-to-day basis but our own intuition is what we can really rely upon.
Two years ago Delphis Eco asked the government some tough questions during Parliamentary Question Time around what cleaning products are used to clean No 10, Parliament, Olympics and Defras property estate. Sadly every response was identical and blame was deflected to the contractors.
Weve come up with hopefully a better set of questions to ask your supply chain, which should go way beyond just cleaning chemicals;
1) Percentage of sourced products, which have independent sustainability accreditation?
2) Percentage of sourced products made in the UK?
3) Percentage of total sales by suppliers from accredited products?
4) Is community involvement embedded in your suppliers DNA?
5) Is your supply chain part of your customer value-add?
Weve been asked by numerous bodies to help with their Service Level Agreements on what they should specify when trying to get the most sustainable product or service provider. We believe that independent accreditation cuts out green wash and local / national production cuts out excess carbon miles. No doubt as we all continue on this vital journey we will learn more but these go a long way.
By way of background Delphis Eco is a leading British manufacturer of ecological cleaning products and the only UK company to exclusively produce environmentally friendly cleaning products for the industrial sector and the first to be awarded EU Ecolabel accreditation on the product range.
We focus on every aspect of our cradle-to-cradle model to generate ecological, social and economic value.
I believe we share many of these values and would like to have the opportunity to meet with you or one of your representatives to see how we can possibly help reduce your environmental impact, gain employee and customer satisfaction and more than likely save you money."