This guide presents five opportunities for you to nurture a culture of sustainability at your food or beverage production site.

With conversations surrounding the environment often turning to the impact of food production, there has never been a better time to pre-empt any challenges to your operation. The best way to do this is by adopting a proactive approach to evaluating and enhancing your site’s relationship with sustainability.

Here at Klipspringer, we have an ongoing commitment to our FutureFirst Initiative – a three pillar approach that reflects our understanding of environmental issues. In addition to the enhancement of our own operation, the FutureFirst Initiative also involves supporting the sustainability commitments of our customers – ensuring we have the products and services to help them secure success.

With this in mind, we have created a guide that runs through five solutions that could help your site to meet its sustainability targets – impressing auditors and customers, strengthening the reputation of your brand, and having a positive impact on the environment.

1. Equipment in a Circular Economy

In a circular economy, items are kept in use for as long as possible. Instead of being sent away to landfill as soon as an initial function has taken place, equipment will be repaired and reused multiple times. Although this is a sustainable choice that could significantly reduce your site’s impact on the world’s resources, it is also easy to implement, with no major changes to the processes at your factory.

With shoes taking an average of 30-40 years to decompose in landfill, protective footwear is a great place to start if you are looking to introduce equipment like this to your site.

Designed to improve hygiene, eliminate odour, and reduce cost, Klipspringer’s range of washable footwear is a prime example of equipment that can be repurposed after use. From judo mats and building insulation to the floors in your home, Protect Shoes can fulfil a number of purposes once they are no longer needed at your site.

It is also worth remembering that the suppliers of equipment in a circular economy will often take care of the recycling process for you, and this is true of Klipspringer, with our depot ready to recycle your used Protect shoes whenever they are returned.

One final consideration is the evidence of your environmental efforts. This is especially important if your site has sustainability targets, you are preparing for an upcoming audit, or you are working with a image-conscious customer. If your supplier has experience in helping sites to become more sustainable, this should be easy to arrange. For example, Klipspringer sends out a digital certificate once your Protect Shoes have been returned.

2. Equipment made from recycled materials

The next step is to consider equipment that has been made from recycled materials. This is another opportunity for you to minimise your site’s impact on the world’s resources – giving a new purpose to materials that would otherwise go to waste.

Often, recycled materials have been removed from an environment where they had the potential to damage the eco-system. For example, Klipspringer’s EVERSEA® Cleaning Equipment has been made using marine waste that would otherwise be harming animals such as whales, dolphins, and sea turtles.

Eversea Socket Mop

  • Suited to any surface
  • Unique blend of 25% SEAQUAL INITIATIVE plastic and 75% recycled plastic
  • Compatible with Klipspringer’s complete range of threaded handles

Eversea Mop Bucket & Sieve

  • 15 litre capacity
  • Unique blend of 50% SEAQUAL INITIATIVE polypropylene and 50% recycled polypropylene
  • Industry first
  • Ergonomic handle

Eversea Flat Mop

  • 40cm wide
  • Unique blend of 20% SEAQUAL INITIATIVE yarn and 80% recycled plastic
  • Compatible with Klipspringer’s recycled flat mop frame

Aluminum Handle

  • Compatible with Klipspringer’s recycled Socket and Flat Mops

Eversea Dustpan & Brush

  • 40cm x 47cm
  • Unique blend of 50% SEAQUAL INITIATIVE polypropylene and 50% recycled polypropylene
  • Bonded rubber strip for a close fit to the surface

Eversea Microfibre Cloth

  • Microfibre design ‘picks up’ dirt and debris
  • Unique blend of 30% SEAQUAL INITIATIVE yarn and 70% recycled cotton
  • Provides a cleaner finish in less time

Environmentally Friendly Surface Disinfectant Wet Wipes

  • Do not include chemicals that are harmful to the environment
  • Dermatologically tested: suitable for hands and surfaces
  • Kill viruses and bacteria
  • Remove grease and grime
  • Option to restock with a refill pack that allows you to keep the bucket – even more sustainable

3. Sustainable trade-in schemes

If you are working to a tight budget and you are concerned that your sustainability efforts will be at the expense of your site’s finances, it is important to note that many environmental initiatives are accompanied by financial incentives. For example, Klipspringer is currently running a Scales Trade-In Scheme that allows you to upgrade your scales and balances, all whilst saving money and taking a step closer to your sustainability targets.

KS1 Scales

£50 Trade-In Voucher

Gladiator Washdown Scales

£100 Trade-In Voucher

There are two models included in the trade-in scheme: the KS1 scales and the Gladiator Washdown scales. If you have either of these models at your site, this could be a great opportunity for you to hand over responsibility for the disposal of your old scales. Instead of a complicated process or an unsustainable outcome, we will take care of the process, operating in compliance with The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE Directive).

4. Switching from paper to digital systems

If your site relies heavily on paper checklists and records, you could also consider switching to a cloud-based quality management system. This will not only help you to become a more sustainable organisation – dramatically cutting your paper usage – but it also has the potential to save your site time and money, increase visibility, improve the accuracy of your data, and help your team to prepare for audits. If you find it difficult to push through sustainability measures at your site, a solution that offers a variety of benefits is often the best way to secure the support of different departments and senior management.

5. Reducing waste throughout your process

Finally, if your site is considering the introduction of new equipment, you should be on the look out for opportunities to reduce waste. Often, this will be in the form of instrumentation that provides more accurate results than the equipment it is replacing. For instance, highly accurate thermometers, pH meters, or pocket meters are all examples of equipment that will help operatives to monitor your product – reducing the risk of a compromised batch that has to be abandoned.

With cooking oil one of the biggest areas of waste for commercial kitchens, Food Oil Monitors could also prove beneficial to sites that are aiming to reduce waste. Many sites rely on guesswork, leaving it up to individual operatives to decide when the oil needs to be replaced, with this decision often based on subjective factors like colour.

The Food Oil Monitor takes the guesswork out of these quality checks. Instead, it extends the lifespan of the oil – allowing sites to cut oil use by up to 52%, without compromising on the quality of the finished product.

So that brings us to the end of our guide to moving your site in a more sustainable direction. As you evaluate – and potentially enhance – your equipment, processes, and approach to waste management, the Klipspringer team would be happy to provide support. You can contact us on 01473 461800 or sales@klipspringer.com. Alternatively, you can use the form below to arrange a free consultation.  

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