Building sustainability in food manufacturing: Part 2

Adapt your hygiene routine to reduce resource consumption without compromising on safety standards. Ozo’s powerful cleaner and disinfectant, eloclear™, delivers a range of benefits that combine to help food manufacturers achieve their sustainability goals. In the first part of our blog, we highlighted key changes in consumer priorities and the impact on food manufacturers. Today, we’re talking you through how building sustainability into your hygiene routine can reduce costs, improve safety and drive productivity.

A more sustainable approach to hygiene

According to DEFRA (2020), the food industry accounts for about 14% of energy consumption by UK businesses. The food manufacturing process uses 50% of the world’s land, 30% of its power and 70% of available fresh water. With current food production levels set to double by 2050, building sustainability into everyday practices has never been more important.

The hygiene process accounts for between 8-12% of manufacturing cost in food processing. From energy usage and water consumption, to transportation and packaging for chemicals, there are multiple elements in the hygiene process. These all have a cost associated with them; both financially and in terms of the environmental impact. Consumers continue to put pressure on retailers around the safety of the food products they stock, and retailers are implementing stricter checks on their suppliers. As a result, the food manufacturing industry is expected to demonstrate a move towards more sustainable processes that prioritise consumer safety.

Introducing eloclear™ to your cleaning process will not only deliver cost savings, but also help you reduce your carbon footprint.  Here are some of the key sustainability benefits eloclear™ enables:

Reduced energy usage

eloclear™ is effective at an ambient temperature, removing the need for hot water cleaning and requiring less energy to produce.  For chilled environments, the replacement of hot water means no more condensation or re-chilling after cleaning, further reducing energy costs.

Less harmful chemicals

With combined cleaning and disinfecting capabilities, eloclear™ replaces the need for two separate products. It’s made from water and salt using the process of electrolysis, so it’s completely sustainable. What’s more, as a non-hazardous chemical, it means a safer working environment for employees and reduced risk of chemical residues.

A more sustainable supply chain

eloclear™ is manufactured in-situ at your facility, using our elocube™ or elosystem™, at the ready-to-use concentration. This means a significant reduction in the need for transportation, decreasing associated pollution and transport costs. On top of that, in-situ production also means no more single-use plastic from caustic chemical products.

Reduced water consumption

As a combined cleaning and disinfectant solution, eloclear™ enables a simplified hygiene process. It reduces the traditional five-step night-time cleaning regime down to two steps, reducing water consumption and saving time. With just one rinse required, the amount of wastewater that needs to be processed is also significantly decreased.

Reduced water consumption

Traditional five-step cleaning process vs. Ozo two-step cleaning with eloclear™

Find out what eloclear™ can do for you

If you’re ready to take the next step towards achieving your sustainability goals, we’re here to help. Get in touch to ask our team about trialling eloclear™ in your hygiene process.

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How Ozo is supporting sustainability development goals (SDGs)

As part of #Envision2030 – the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development – a set of 17 sustainability goals have been established. Ozo positively supports the delivery of four of these SDGs, and indirectly impacts a further six goals. Ozo aims to support these four goals by helping to:

Goal 2: Zero hunger

– Ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

– Substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and water pollution and contamination

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

– Improve water quality by reducing pollution, minimising release of hazardous chemicals and materials, and increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
– Substantially increase water-use efficiency in food manufacturing

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

– Achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resource
– Halve global food waste and reduce food losses along production and supply chains
– Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices and integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle

Sustainability development goals

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