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Plastic-free bottles for commercial cleaning products

Innovative Biovate Hygienics has announced the ground-breaking launch of one of the world’s first plastic-free paper bottles for commercial cleaning products. The range will be unveiled by the company at The Cleaning Show. at ExCeL London from March 14 to 16 on Stand D18 at the show.

The fast-growing start-up was co-founded last year by environmental entrepreneur Nick Winstone with a mission to drive sustainable change in all markets using cleaning products. Their ‘Zero Compromise’ range features 500ml ultra concentrates of floor and wall degreasers and washroom and multi-purpose cleaners.

The products are all multi-tasking, taking care of 99 per cent of cleaning jobs and use naturally derived bacteria, enzymes and plant-based actives for their primary cleaning power. Although highly concentrated, they are not corrosive and don’t contain any petroleum-derived ingredients.

Biovate Hygienics intends to submit the range to organic certification organisation, Ecocert, to be classified as natural eco detergents. The carbon footprint of Biovate Hygienics and its products are also undergoing certification by Neutral Carbon Zone using their gold standard.

Nick Winstone says: “In a time of economic hardship, we have ensured that the range is incredibly cost effective, amounting to just a few pence per spray bottle. Our multi-purpose cleaner concentrate 500ml makes up to 250 spray bottles.  

“Commercial cleaning products tend to have traditional fragrances, so we’ve launched the range with contemporary and sustainable perfumes such as Rhubarb Multi-Purpose Cleaner, Mandarin Floor & Wall Degreaser and our Rhubarb Washroom Cleaner.  

“Our plastic-free bottle is made in the UK using sustainably sourced vegetable waste fibre paper pulp. This makes the bottle not only plastic-free but it’s also created using materials that would otherwise be discarded. This sustainable sourcing also means that no trees were cut down in the production of our new bottles, helping to reduce waste and decrease our carbon footprint.”  

The bottle’s interior has a bio liner that protects the inside, preventing contact with Biovate’s liquid cleaning products. This coating is made from natural pure plant sap latex, while the outer case is infused with natural seaweed extract for added water resistance and helping to break down the paper fibres quicker, if composted.  

Winstone explains: “Paper is more easily recycled than plastic and breaks down naturally when composted, without creating harmful micro plastics. In contrast to plastic that can only be recycled up to six times in most cases, our unique plant-based paper bottle can be recycled indefinitely or composted, allowing two alternative means of disposal.

The paper can be easily pulped in most recycling centres and the natural coating comes away and is used within the organic waste stream for composting back to nature. The bottle has been designed to be recyclable or compostable, while its screw neck and cap are made of Moso Bamboo that breaks down easily and can also be recycled.  

Nadia Winstone, strategic account manager at Biovate Hygienics with the new plastic-free bottle
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