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TRF’s Answer to Microplastics

Several millions of metric tonnes of plastic is produced each year, and it’s safe to assume a good percentage of it is disposed of very quickly. The discovery of microplastics in our resources - bodies of water, land and atmosphere during dust storms - is but the result of years of mismanagement and lack in awareness of plastic pollution. As plastic erodes, it breaks down into smaller and smaller particles, which are hard to find and collect, let alone properly recycle. If this trend continues, microplastics may just become another part of our environment. Sand pits may turn into microplastics pits, play pens will be filled with plastic rather than styrofoam and every autumn, your dog will be jumping into piles of microplastics, as opposed to leaves.

What are Microplastics?

‘Microplastics’ are plastic particles adjudged to be less than 5 millimetes in diameter. To put that into perspective, it’s the size of the eraser that sits a top your pencil. But the similarities stop there. As it turns out, microplastics are flooding our environment and are proving to be a extremely hard challenge to try and erase.

Cleaning Supplies & Plastics

The cleaning supplies industry may stand to be one of the most plastic-dependent on the planet. From gloves and bags to equipment, there’s no dearth of plastic to be found in any cleaning supplies kit today. It’s hard to deny the benefits, as the adoption of single use plastics makes manufacturing, production and distribution universally accessible and more efficient, while making for a lighter, hassle-free cleaning experience. But the recent discovery of microplastics indicates a need to reform the industry from the ground up, and take responsibility for introducing better, more sustainable avenues toward health & hygiene in the home, workplace or other life spaces.

TRF & UN’s Sustainability Goals

TRF takes cognizance of the goals of sustainability put forward by the UN, which you can have a look at here, We have taken measures to meet these goals wherever by encouraging sustainable approaches towards production with our affiliate vendors. Here’s a brief overview of how far we’ve come:

  • Saved!
  • Our vendors collectively saved 212,280,900+ Liters of water, by reusing cloth instead of manufacturing new rags and wipers that was sold on the rag factory

  • Recycled!
  • Our vendors recycled 1,632,930+ kilograms of waste to produce new & reliable rag cloths that was sold on the rag factory

  • Sourced!
  • 70% of the plastic requirements for microfibers are sourced through sustainable avenues by our vendor

  • Avoided!
  • Bio-degradable / compostable products sold to stop Polluting oceans and landfills from 900+ of Single-use plastics.

  • Adopted!
  • Our vendors adopted responsible energy acquisition to save 41,730,433 kw/h of electricity required to produce new products

  • Partnered!
  • With 4 sustainability-first vendors to foster growth & innovation in sustainable cleaning.

TRF & Sustainable Cleaning

The Rag Factory is pulling out all the stops to usher in a new era of sustainable, recyclable cleaning equipment, with the help of our affiliate businesses, most notably Ctrl Z and globe commercial products. We look forward to building a conscientious approach toward cleaning supplies manufacturing, by providing awareness and accessibility of sustainable cleaning solutions through our various channels. We urge you to join us in providing a more conducive and encouraging space for manufacturers such as Ctrl Z and globe commercial products to get this right!

How you can help?

If you’re in the cleaning & janitorial staff industry, we urge you to look out for products by our affiliate sustainability-first partners, while ensuring your orders pick greener alternatives, which are all on display at our website. If you’re someone who is interested in sustainable cleaning solutions, get in touch with the janitorial, maintenance or hygiene team at your workplace and encourage them to seek sustainable alternatives to the cleaning products they use. We suggest our website as the perfect start for you to do so!

In Conclusion

Supplies help us clean our homes, but sustainability is what keeps our planet clean. We hope to build a better business environment for manufacturers who keep the Earth’s environment in mind, together with conscientious customers and consumers who help raise awareness on the issues of microplastics pollution.