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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, Nelson Mandela.
Manufacturers of ecological cleaning products, Delphis Eco, are planting their roots in the educational system. Delphis Eco are not only implementing their EU Ecolabel products into primary, secondary and tertiary institutions but also becoming involved in creating a practical way for pupils to learn about sustainability.
The Eco Turtle Project was borne out of a desire to aid more education around sustainability. By understanding the tangible aspects of sustainability, pupils will be able to see how everyday actions can affect our planet. Pupils sell concentrated cleaning products to their parents: a 30ml dose of concentrate in a bottle is filled up with water at home. Once finished, parents are encouraged to re-use their trigger bottles and refill at school. The Eco Turtle Project therefore creates a steady external income for the school.
Ashley C of E School in Surrey is the first in the UK to pilot this exciting project. Headteacher Richard Dunne explains, “By offering Delphis Eco cleaning products to families of Ashley School, pupils will learn about the environmental benefits of recycling and sustainability. In addition, parents will have access to cost effective environmentally friendly cleaning products while the school generates a much needed revenue stream.”
Delphis Eco is also becoming stronger in the tertiary education sector having won the Non Food nomination for TUCO (The University Caterers Organisation) Purchasing Ltd and NEUPC (North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium) as a preferred supplier of ecological cleaning products to higher education organisations nationwide. Delphis Eco is also collaborating with the National Union of Students (NUS). Student Unions who choose green behaviours are rewarded with points when they sign up to an accreditation scheme called Green Impact. Bristol University was the first tertiary institution in the UK to pilot the Green impact scheme in 2008/2009 and are now exclusively using Delphis Eco in their student union buildings.
Mark Jankovich, Managing Director of Delphis Eco remarked, “Students are the leaders of tomorrow and we are delighted that they are focussing on the environment and recognise the impact non-ecological cleaning chemicals have on our planet.”
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