Friday, 8 June 2018

Plastic recycling - Learn More ...

“We live in a disposable society.
It’s easier to throw things out than to fix them.
We even give it a name – we call it recycling.”
— Neil LaBute
Looking back, plastic was supposed to be the wonder-product of the 20th century, but given its impact on the environment it has become harmful. And it seems that over the last 13 years the world has produced more plastic than during the entire previous century. It creates serious environmental problems – plastic pollution ends up in our rivers, oceans, air causing deaths to millions of marine animals every year. Therefore, it has become crucial that we recycle all plastic waste.
According to figures, the UK produces around 76kg (167lbs) of plastic waste per person every year, while in Sweden, it’s around 18kg (40lbs). And out of around 13 billion plastic bottles used per year by UK consumers, more than 3 billions are not recycled.
If we dig deeper, we can find out that there are more than 50 different types of plastics. Almost all types could be recycled, however some packaging may contain more than one polymer type which makes it problematic to reprocess. “Tricky” plastics cover black food trays used in many supermarkets. Due to its colour the sorting machines are unable to detect them, therefore they go to landfill. Some yoghurt pots, for example, are made from polystyrene which cannot be successfully sorted and therefore are not accepted at the sorting plant. The same applies to margarine tubs which are often shipped abroad for recycling as currently there isn’t such technology available in the UK. Some authorities now do allow residents to place plastic trays, pots and tubs in their kerbside collection but this is managed on a local rather than national basis.
When it comes to plastic bottles, they are the most frequently collected plastic type as they are normally heavier and are easy to sort and recycle in comparison to most other plastics. Nevertheless, a plastic bottle and a food tray, for example, couldn’t be recycled together as they melt at different temperatures.
Because there’s so much of plastic, it is so important to recycle it. The process reduces the amount of energy and natural resources (water, natural gas, etc.) needed to create virgin plastic. It could save the landfill space that should definitely be used for other purposes. While recycling is indeed important, one of the best ways to reduce the amount of plastic is to find alternatives.
This year more than 40 companies, including such consumer goods giants as Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Marks & Spencer and Asda, have signed a deal to reduce plastic pollution by 2025.
However bad the problem was, it could be resolved if we think and act differently. If we all make an effort, the consequences of plastic impacts on the environment and on our health will be minimal.
At Greenleaf Cleaning, we’re very conscious of our environmental footprint and all our cleaners are taught how to recycle properly. If you’re looking for a London-based household/office cleaning provider, we’re more than happy to assist.
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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Why to spring clean? / Why spring cleaning actually matters?

Why to spring clean? / Why spring cleaning actually matters?

The winter is quickly coming to its end and for many of us it is time for a traditional spring clean. But why do we do it?

Spring cleaning has its origin in many cultures. In the United Kingdom, for example, this practice developed as a way to scour the house after a long winter. Nowadays, it is still something people do however for many this need does not feel so good.

One of the last year surveys showed that 85% of British people believe that spring clean could soon become a thing of the past. Less than half of the 2,000 adults questioned said they still do a spring clean once a year, 37% said they do it every few years, and one in five revealed they never bother.
For what it’s worth, spring clean does have its benefits – from our health to our piece of mind. So let’s discuss the main points of why spring cleaning is important.

HELPS TO KEEP WATCH OVER ‘FORGOTTEN’ PLACES. There’re always these areas in the house which do not get a look at too often such as the oven, windows, dishwasher, washing machine, mattress, tub drains, vents, carpet/upholstery, etc. Spring clean is a good chance for those jobs to be tackled and in that way to get us ready for spring and summer ahead.

ASSISTS IN SPOTTING BIGGER ISSUES. Moving furniture and looking under it may not only help to find items that you lost and thought they’d never be found, but also to notice things in need of fixing such as loose floor boards, and even pest problems.

MAKES LIFE EASIER. We have all heard the old saying “Out of sight, out of mind” which can also apply to cleaning – being around the clutter creates unnecessary stress, therefore the best solution is to declutter. Many studies have shown a more organized environment provides a sense of satisfaction and puts us in a good mood.

GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH. Letting fresh air in is good for our respiratory system as well as a good spring clean can help us avoid allergy symptoms, especially at a time when allergies are widespread.
These days, there are many companies that are trained to conduct spring cleaning, so if this idea of a spring clean sounds exciting but you lack time, consider hiring cleaning professionals who will do the job for you while you can relax and enjoy the time with your loved ones.

If you need help with Spring Cleaning in London our  will happy to provide this particular cleaning well as with House Cleaning in London and London Cleaning Services.
Visit our website for more information or call us today to book your spring cleaning session: 0800 032 6248