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EMCOR makes sustainable change at British Sugar

flickr image CC credit: Andrew Stawarz – British Sugar

EMCOR UK has switched to using Polyflex Eco gloves, made from recycled plastic, at British Sugar sites where it provides FM services.

The standard gloves are made from recycled plastic – using one 500ml plastic bottle for each pair of gloves – and conform to global standards. Each pair of gloves contains 10 gr of recycled plastic bottles (PET) cutting down the reliance on virgin materials like oil-based polyester.

EMCOR UK initially carried out a trial at one site to ensure the gloves were equal or superior in quality and durability. The feedback was extremely positive indicating that both the longevity and level of protection were improved.

Steve Thomson, Account Director at EMCOR UK, said: “At EMCOR UK, we always strive to operate sustainably and to source products that support this goal. We were delighted with the trial of Polyflex ECO gloves as not only are they durable, comfortable and more sustainable but they are also no more expensive than the standard gloves we previously used at that site.

“Due to the success of the trial, we have now rolled out the use of these gloves across all British Sugar sites and aim to introduce them to other sites where we provide services. We have also recently trialled the use of recycled plastic thermal gloves and plan to introduce Polyflex Eco Therm gloves into British Sugar sites.”

Colin Moffett from Polyco Healthline, who supply the gloves, said: “As a leading provider of hand protection and hygiene products, we are committed to introducing innovative products which are environmentally friendly. Our Polyflex Eco range of gloves set new standards in comfort and dexterity and at the same time are better for the environment and so successfully meet the requirements of EMCOR UK for a high quality, sustainable product.”

Metro Rod Drainage and Plumbing Survey

With the current economic crisis resulting in higher prices and more of a squeeze on resources, FMs need to ensure that they have robust building and maintenance services in place to control costs and reduce the need for emergency repairs. When it comes to drainage and plumbing there are also the challenges of dealing with extreme weather, from droughts to flooding, the need to meet stringent regulations and to avoid causing environmental damage.

UK drainage specialist, Metro Rod, has launched a survey which explores the main areas of interest for FMs in maintaining drainage and plumbing, including how they currently assess their supply chains to ensure they’re working with partners that meet the highest possible standards and provide value for money.

The results will be published online so that you can see how you compare to others within the sector.

The survey should take just 5-10 minutes of your time, and as a thank you, you will be entered into a prize draw, where one lucky winner will be picked at random to receive a £100 Amazon voucher.

To take part click here.

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