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21 May 2012 04:05:10

New initiative to help schools lead the way in reducing water pollution

The fact that much of the UK is still officially in drought, despite what feels like endless weeks of rain, is just the latest reminder of the importance of water conservation. Climate change and rapidly increasing population mean that the sustainable management of water is crucial if we are to meet future demand.
A new initiative aims to help schools to lead the way in reducing water pollution across the UK by encouraging them to re-examine the way they use chemicals and switch to ecologically friendly cleaning products.

“The water that we drain down our sink or flush down our toilet ends up in rivers and the sea: the chemicals we put with it may end up there too,” explains Mark Jankovich, CEO of Delphis Eco, who manufacture the EU Ecolabel accredited cleaning products that the partnership will supply to schools.

Delphis Eco’s environmentally friendly products are the first cleaning range manufactured in the UK to be accredited with the EU Ecolabel, the premier European award for products that satisfy stringent controls with respect to their effects on the environment and people.

“Hazardous chemicals, detergents, soap and effluent can no longer be dumped recklessly into water courses or flushed down drains. The Eco-Schools Partnership is a fantastic opportunity for schools to lead the way in more sustainable water use.”

The Eco-Schools Partnership is a collaboration between Eco-Schools, an international award programme that provides sustainability guidance to schools; Delphis Eco, a leading British manufacturer of ecological cleaning products; and 3663, one of the UK’s leading foodservice wholesale distributors.

Operated by Keep Britain Tidy, Eco-Schools England is one of the largest sustainable schools programmes in the world with over 17,000 participants. The partnership will help schools to improve their Eco-Schools status while educating pupils about sustainability and protecting the environment.

“We want to encourage schools to start using ecological cleaning chemicals as part of their continued drive to minimise the negative impact on the environment, most notably the water cycle.” explained Phil Barton, CEO of Keep Britain Tidy.

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