EnviroShot is the first in a new range of sustainable products from hygiene product services and equipment supplier Shorrock Trichem, designed to reduce the use of single use plastics and to help to cut down the amount of waste going to landfill.
Like so many of us in the past year, the founder and managing director of Shorrock Trichem, Duncan Fishwick is a keen walker. Whilst enjoying country walks during lockdown he was shocked and saddened by the amount of damage being caused by non-recyclable products and packaging to the countryside surrounding his house.
Over just one weekend in lockdown, it was reported that a huge three tons of waste was collected from Beacon Fell Country Park in Lancashire, one of Duncan’s favourite walking sports. The majority of this was non-recyclable and was sent straight to the landfill. In fact, a special report undertaken during the second lockdown at the end of 2020, claimed that the public was littlering more than usual during lockdown, primarily because they were using more disposable items, from takeaway services for example, as cafes and restaurants were closed and people were eating outdoors more than ever.
Fuelled by his shocking realisation that the UK’s litter and waste problem had actually worsened because of the pandemic, Duncan has since developed a range of dissolvable cleaning capsules called ‘EnviroShot.’ The capsules can be added to a spray bottle or a mop bucket filled with water and used in the same way as most popular household cleaning spays and products. The capsules and their packaging are fully compostable and the sprays bottles are designed to be used time and time again to prevent unnecessary plastic waste. All of the products in the range are 100 per cent vegan and are completely biodegradable.
So how do they work? Each capsule is made of powder wrapped in a soluble coating. The capsule should be dropped into a bucket or bottle filled with hot water, the heat of the water causes the capsule coating to dissolve and the powder is released. Stir or shake it to mix the powder into the water, and you’re ready to clean.
One box of EnviroShot capsules makes 20 trigger sprays and up to 150 mop buckets – thats a heck of a lot of cleaning you can do!
Covering all of your cleaning needs at home, the range of eco-friendly products includes surface sprays for kitchens and bathrooms, floor cleaners, laundry capsules, dishwasher tablets, hard floor and surface degreaser, and stainless steels and glass cleaner.
The capsules are small and packaged effectively so they are easy to store. Once packaged up and stored in larger boxes, EnviroShot is also extremely lightweight, which means that it actually uses up to 95 per cent less fuel in transport, in comparison to liquid products. This means that EnviroShot has a much lower carbon footprint throughout its supply chain – which is definitely something to be celebrated.
Every year, five million tonnes of plastic is used in the UK, nearly half of which is just packaging. The UK is actually one of the biggest producers of plastic waste in the world, secondly only to the US. Because of this, Duncan’s main aim was to source products that didn’t heavily involve single-use plastic, to lower carbon emissions and to store products in environmentally friendly packaging.
All of the products are supplied in moisture resistant cardboard outers that are 100 per cent compostable, and each of the trigger bottles are reusable. One small box of capsules stops 150 x 5 litre containers and 20 large cardboard boxes going into the landfill.
You can read more about the brand, their aim and the range of products on offer, here.