Microbeads will be banned in cosmetic products by the end of 2017

Cosmetic microbeads image by Steve Cordory (via Shutterstock).
Microbeads, as seen in cosmetic items like toothpaste and shampoo. Image by Steve Cordory (via Shutterstock).

For some time, microbeads have appeared in our cleaning products, plus cosmetic products including toothpaste, shower gels, and shampoo. Due to their effects on the environment, there has been continued calls to withdraw their use. They cause problems to our food chain, particularly affecting marine wildlife.

On its journey downstream, from the plughole to the sea, maritime creatures ingest the particles that 5mm in diameter. This video below tells you why.

Microbeads are made of plastic and, owing to their economy, have a longer shelf life. Hence their popularity as an exfoliant.

Now, thanks to Michael Gove’s speech on the 21 July, the game’s up for microbeads in cosmetic products. Instead, salt, sugar, or coffee would become its more biodegradable successors. Last year, Gove’s predecessor, Andrea Leadsom, announced a consultation period for their ban. In 2015, Barack Obama’s government issued a similar ban throughout the United States of America.

Michael Gove’s speech confirmed Andrea Leadsom’s plan to ban the microscopic particles. Louisa Casson, on behalf of Greenpeace UK said on The Independent website: “The UK Government has just proposed the strongest ban on microbeads in the world to date. This is great news for our environment and a positive sign of Britain’s global leadership on ocean plastics.

“It’s crucial that ministers have left the door open to broadening the ban in future. To achieve a fully comprehensive ban covering all products that go down the drain, we need companies to be much more transparent about when their products contain harmful microbeads.

Since 1950, humans have produced a staggering 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic. In its wake, this has created 6.3 billion metric tons of waste. There are 300 billion microbeads in the Arctic Ocean alone.

Clean Hire, 28 July 2018.

Why the Tennant Company has considered moving its Head Office to the Golden Valley manufacturing plant

The T5, one of Tennant Company’s best known industrial cleaners, available to hire from Cleanhire.

Regular readers of our blog, and longstanding Cleanhire customers, may have come across the Tennant Company’s range of industrial cleaners. The multinational company, which shares its name with the tenth Doctor Who, has considered moving its head offices. At present, the Tennant Company’s head offices is on 1111 Douglas Drive North, which is only a short distance from its manufacturing plant.

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A clean sweep for Blackbrook JFC, thanks to Cleanhire’s support for grassroots sport

Blackbrook JFC treble winning side
Treble Winners: the victorious Blackbrook Junior Football Club.

In 1948, 1999, 2001, and 2017, what do Glasgow Rangers, Manchester United, Stalybridge Celtic, and Blackbrook JFC have in common? In their respective leagues, they have won trebles. Rangers with the Scottish First Division, Scottish Cup, and the Scottish League Cup. Stalybridge Celtic did with the Northern Premier League title, Cheshire Senior Cup, and the NPL President’s Cup. Continue reading “Blackbrook JFC’s Treble Success”

Industrial cleaner in labour gives birth, wearing a Chewbacca the Wookie mask

Chewbacca the Wookie. Image by M. Mckinney Photography (via Shutterstock).
As worn by Aimee Smith in mask form: Chewbacca the Wookie. Image by M. Mckinney Photography (via Shutterstock).

From a maternity ward far far away, Barrow-in-Furness mother Aimee Smith (26), gave birth to her child in a way most unusual to many people. The industrial cleaner smuggled a Chewbacca the Wookie mask into the maternity ward. At Furness General Hospital, Aimee’s mask gave the midwives a laugh.

Mid way through her contractions, she mimicked the growling of the hairy character seen in The Return of the Jedi. With Albie planned as her third and last child, the industrial cleaner wanted to mark this event in style. Her sister-in-law suggested wearing the Chewbacca mask whilst in labour.

As well as having it captured for posterity by her boyfriend Michael Ogden, they have suggested saving a DVD copy for her newborn child. The aforementioned clip was posted on the Daily Mirror’s website.

May the Forceps Be With You

The late great John Sullivan of Only Fools and Horses fame would have appreciated a story along these lines. You would too. Last but not least, from Clean Hire, may The Fourth Be With You this summer.

Clean Hire, 04 July 2017.

Two cleaning positions advertised on The Royal Household website, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Windsor Castle

HM The Queen Cleaning Jobcentre Card
By Royal Appointment: two cleaning positions at HM, The Queen’s desirable residences.

Fed up with your present position? Sick of the same superstore shelves ad infinitum? Fancy a change of scenery? The Royal Household is asking for two cleaners; one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and the other one at Windsor Castle. As advertised on The Royal Household’s website, cleaning positions are available on a full time or a part time basis.

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