Environmental Responsibility

Environmental Responsibilities

Our Products

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As RP Adam continues to invest in our environmental management systems what about the products we manufacture? Our main priority is to offer a high quality range of competitively priced products that perform to the high standards expected by our customers, but this does not mean that we ignore the environmental and safety impacts of the products in use.

Keeping ourselves, our clothes and our environment clean has become both a benchmark of civilisation and a cornerstone of our ever-increasing health and longevity as a species. All cleaning processes depend on the consumption of energy, water and a variety of chemical substances or mixtures. The key to controlling negative environmental impacts is therefore to control consumption, make processes more efficient or in simple terms use less to get the same results. This is called sustainability.

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When choosing to do business with RP Adam customers need to have the comfort of knowing that there is a wide breadth of choice within our portfolio available, our products are fit for purpose, are manufactured responsibly and comply with the law. To suggest there is a green, greener, greenest scale available is misleading and in many cases factually incorrect. All products have been classified in accordance with current European legislation which includes consideration of environmental hazards associated with the product as supplied to the end user.

The vast majority of our products are not classified as hazardous for the environment, but maintaining this position has become increasingly difficult with the introduction of the CLP classification system in June 2015 which has meant that it can be difficult to avoid environmental warnings, especially for more concentrated products with disinfecting properties.

Bactericidal products are a fundamental requirement in commercial catering operations, housekeeping and FM applications where hygiene considerations are paramount. Bactericidal products do not discriminate between the pathogenic bacteria that might cause food poisoning in the kitchen and the bacteria present in drains and sewers that are essential for effective biodegradation and downstream effluent treatment.

So the key is to use enough disinfectant to carry out the hygiene task and to avoid over-use, therefore dilution control is critical. RP Adam has been designing cleaning products that are increasingly highly concentrated and diluted via controlled dispensing systems. In this way packaging and transport impacts are minimised. Buyers should want MORE in the bottle, not less.

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The paradox for the user is that these products in concentrate form may potentially be more user and environmentally hazardous, but due to the use of controlled dosing systems, the diluted products in use will have very low environmental and H&S impacts and will limit waste considerably – this is the trade-off. For more information on our two main dilution control systems which massively reduce packaging waste and address issues of over consumption and misuse, click on the logos below:

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The market and our customers demand the benefits that our industry provides - from disinfectants that reduce the risk of food poisoning to detergents that clean clothes. The fact is that chemicals are necessary to make businesses run smoother and make life that bit better for everyone. There will always be a need to balance the negative environmental impacts associated with delivering products or services with the positive contributions that the products make.

As we have become more aware of negative environmental impacts, we have also inadvertently increased the number of misconceptions regarding environmental responsibility. For example, how important is the solution in the bottle, compared to the packaging, distribution and cleaning process involved in its life-cycle? It represents a tiny part of the total sustainability equation and consumers should be aware of this red herring. It is important, but context is important too.

We tackle many of the myths and misconceptions surrounding “green” chemicals, and have made a strong case throughout that companies like RP Adam are always working within parameters of EU law when it comes to environmental safety, in a six part series of articles entitled the “Environmental Debate”. Click on the titles below to read more:

The great green expectation of the consumer

Man versus nature and the question of sustainability

How green can we be: fifty shades of green?

Beware of the 7 deadly sins of greenwashing

Clarification on the issues of toxicity & biodegradability

The rise of the eco-Label evangelists and their credibility

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