Kitchenmaster has been manufacturing specialist cleaning and hygiene products for over 40 years. We understand the importance of helping to protect the environment. Kitchenmaster will continue to make effective, quality products while taking this growing concern into consideration.
KITCHENMASTER’S ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
Kitchenmaster is committed to manufacturing high quality products while also reducing the impact they have on the environment. Kitchenmaster comply with all legislation and environmental policies. The Northern Ireland Environment Agency conduct regular site audits to ensure all standards are being adhered to.
There are different types of ‘green labelling’. In relation to Kitchenmaster this includes the chemical, the packaging and manufacturing.
THE CHEMICAL :
All Kitchenmaster products comply with the very strict European legislation on biodegradability (Regulation EC No. 648/2004 enforced on 8th October 2005). This legislation covers the primary biodegradability and final biodegradation of products.
The surfactants used in the Kitchenmaster products are biodegradable, which means they will be broken down by micro-organisms in a sewage treatment process by at least 60%. All products are phosphate free unless they are absolutely necessary and are present for a specific purpose as backed by The British Association for Chemical Specialities (BACS)
Kitchenmaster continually look and ensure the use of environmentally safe raw materials since founded in 1975. NP9 is a type of APE (Alkyl Phenol Ethoxylate) and this has been replaced with a more environmentally friendly alternative. Formaldehyde is classified as ‘Toxic’ in classification and is suspected to be carcinogenic. Formaldehyde was discontinued from all Kitchenmaster products. NP9 was used in dishwash formulations and under REACH guidelines has been replaced.
THE PACKAGING :
Kitchenmaster promote recycling and the use of recovered material.
Our packagaing contains more than 50% organic material and corrugated packaging is recoverable through incineration with energy recovery.
A number of Kitchenmaster’s suppliers are members of REPAK which is the voluntary recycling organisation set up in the Republic of Ireland. Containers that are manufactured from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) all have the recycling triangle on the base. This allows for ease of material recognition by recyclers of plastics.
All of the Kitchenmaster Housekeeping range have a trigger spray rather than an aerosol and therefore all Kitchenmaster products are CFC free.
THE MANUFACTURING :
– Kitchenmaster manufacture millions of liquid chemicals per year and comply with the ‘Regulatory Compliance’ policy
– Kitchenmaster have an effective waste management system. We try to minimise all waste but any that is produced is disposed of in an environmental and safe way.
– All pallets that are delivered to Kitchenmaster are reused and recycled either by Kitchenmaster for storing warehouse stock or for deliveries to customers.
CARBON FOOTPRINT :
A carbon footprint is the measure of the environmental impact of a particular individual or organisation’s lifestyle or operation, measured in units of carbon dioxide. Many cleaning products are ready to use and do not require dilution. On the other hand many chemicals are concentrated and require water and therefore these products will have different carbon footprints.
All chemical products have an impact on the environment but Kitchenmaster provides Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and Technical Sheets on all products and these give advice on the best and most effective way to use the product. MSDS are important in helping make the workplace safe and to protect the environment. They help to make a risk assessment as required by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH). Kitchenmaster also provide training on what chemicals to use, how to use them, where to use them and COSHH training. This ensures that the product is used in the most effective way and prevents unnecessary waste etc. Cleaning schedules, wall charts and literature are all available.
The general principal of sustainability is to reduce consumption of resources in order to help preserve the world’s natural resources and reduce emissions to minimise pollution. Kitchenmaster do what they can in order to be sustainable.
Kitchenmaster try to order bulk quantities of raw material in a bid to reduce our carbon footprint.
The Carbon Trust Standard certifies that an organisation is genuinely tackling climate change by measuring, managing and reducing its own carbon footprint and can confirm that Kitchenmaster are taking all measures to improve our carbon footprint.