Champion of the Cleaner Home

As you may imagine, as Champion of the Cleaner Home I have my principles, which my colleagues and I always adhere to.
We do not, for example, test any of our products on animals.
All our new cleaning products are biodegradable, non-toxic and – in many cases – fragranced with naturally occurring essential oils. Wherever possible, we always use natural ingredients derived from renewable sources.
There are no chemicals in our Microfibre cleaning cloths, yet they clean all surfaces thoroughly, without the use of detergents or other cleaning agents.
We work hand-in-glove with all our suppliers, to be sure we always offer the highest quality products with the best cleaning results.
We’re just as careful about our packaging materials. For many years we’ve been using recyclable plastic for our bottles. Now we are using 100% recycled plastic for all our containers.
Even the card and paper we use in our production processes is recycled. And the general waste from our business is collected for recycling and used again and again.
As a company, we are constantly aware of our obligations under the latest REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) guidelines and the GHS (Globally Harmonized System) legislation and, at all times, work hard to fulfil the object of these directives. We also work within the principles of the BRC (British Retail Consortium) standards of sustainable behaviour.

A few Top Tips for a greener life

As you can see, we’re doing our bit to try to save the planet. You can do yours, too, if you follow my green advice.

Saving Energy
My first green Tip is quite simple: turn down your thermostat! Just one degree will reduce your carbon emissions and cut your fuel bills.
It’s also a good idea to use energy-saving light bulbs, and equipment such as fridges, freezers and washing machines with good energy ratings.
Finally, insulate your loft and have your walls cavity filled. Keeping the warmth indoors is better than heating the atmosphere!

Saving Water
You could save gallons of water by installing products such as low volume toilets, water-efficient showerheads and those clever taps with aerating heads.
Fixing dripping taps and fitting ‘hippos’ in lavatory cisterns are both very cheap ways of saving water.
And watering your garden with rainwater collected in a butt is much kinder to your plants – and the planet!

Getting Around
Once again I have a simple green Tip: walk wherever you can!
Almost every form of motorised transport is bad for the environment in one way or another. So, if you must use a car, try to keep the trips to a minimum and, if you do have to fly, do so as little as possible.
Every step we take will make a difference. And it keeps you fit!

Recycling Waste
Where recycling is concerned, I have one simple rule of thumb: recycle or re-use everything you can.
Every time we recycle something we’re helping to cut down on the raw materials used in making paper, metal, glass and much else.
And every time we re-use or repair something we’re reducing waste by not throwing out things that are still useful.
Much of the waste we produce – particularly food – finds its way into landfill sites where it produces methane, a greenhouse gas that adds more to global warming than carbon dioxide.
That cannot be good for the planet!

Greener Shopping
These days there many things you can do to become a green shopper.
My Top Tip is to take your own bag wherever you go. Every new plastic bag adds another to the millions the planet already finds hard to deal with.
Look for – and use – products from producers who rely on sustainable sources with a low impact on the environment. You’ll usually find the information you need on the products’ labels.
It’s also a good idea to avoid products that have unnecessary packaging. If nothing else, it will just be another thing you have to throw away. And that’s not a green thing to do!

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Mr Town Talk’s Gleaming Polished World was established in Lancashire in 1895, to supply the finest Polishes, Cleaners and Accessories for Silver, Gold and Precious Metal Jewellery, Cutlery and Cutlery Storage. More recently, Mr Town Talk’s range of unparalleled products has been expanded to include Household Cleaners and Laundry Requisites.