Delphis Eco, British manufacturer of ecological chemicals, has teamed up with Eco-Schools, an international award programme with 17,000 member schools in England, and 3663, one of the UK’s leading foodservice wholesale distributors, on an exclusive deal to help schools across the country enhance their green credentials. The partnership aims to reduce water pollution across the UK by encouraging schools to re-evaluate the way they use chemicals and make a switch to ecological cleaning products.
Eco-Schools is an internationally recognised award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life. In England, the programme is operated by Keep Britain Tidy and over 17,000 schools take part, making Eco-Schools England the largest sustainable schools programme in the world.
The partnership will leverage 3663’s nationwide distribution network, expert advice and support from non-food specialists to distribute Delphis Eco’s EU Ecolabel accredited chemicals to ecologically-minded schools. Using Delphis Eco products will count towards Eco-Schools’ Green Flag and Silver Award accreditation.
Mark Jankovich, CEO, Delphis Eco, said: “We are very proud to be part of this partnership, which will not only help schools improve their Eco-Schools status but also work with the Eco-Schools programme to educate pupils about sustainability and protecting the environment. Using ecological chemical products is a critical element but just one aspect of how a school can be more sustainable and Delphis Eco is delighted to be the partner of choice.”
Phil Barton, CEO, Keep Britain Tidy, said: “With schools increasingly being tasked with becoming more sustainable and more environmentally-friendly, the cleaning chemicals used are an often overlooked area, particularly in catering facilities. We want to encourage schools to start using ecological cleaning chemicals as part of their continued drive to minimise the negative impact on the environment, most notably the water cycle as this will constitute an increasingly important factor in our annual reviews and awards.”
Tony Ball, director of 3663, said: “Having introduced the range to nearly 500 schools across Hertfordshire, offering a product rationalisation from 12 to seven, we were able to offer considerable cost savings to our customers. Following this successful trial, we’re delighted to partner with Delphis Eco on a national basis to offer its eco-friendly range to all of our customers. 3663 has an extremely strong background in sustainability and it is a natural fit for us to offer schools a range of products that will help them achieve their own sustainability goals.”