Environmental

Professional Clean, Environmental & Energy Efficient

Distinctive’s enzyme content is activated at cool wash temperatures of just 30/40 degrees. As a fully built enzyme formula, Distinctive achieves a deep down gentle clean, using less water and heating than a non-bio would require, with a similarly stained load. This keeps energy costs down. Did you know that up to 90% of the energy usage associated with washing clothes, is from heating water? Meaning that any reduction in temperature is going to play its part in your overall energy usage.

All surfactants are 100% biodegradable

Being Distinctive, we want superb professional wash results with amazing fragrance experiences. Our customers and fragrance houses around the world, seem to agree with us, Distinctive scents are truly amazing and our masculine scent was benchmarked the one to beat in laundry in 2014.

However, being truly green, means a home environment devoid of personal products that have any fragrance at all, and there are no exceptions. So if you want to be as green as can be? please look for products without any fragrances and check your labeling carefully. If being green wherever possible is important to you, then Distinctive makes for a really good option. You can be assured you are using a professional quality washing formula, that has been scientifically well thought out. We will not use anything unnecessary in our formulas. Our enzyme content has been derived to ensure that less water and heating is required, for a truly outstanding wash.

In-built cationic softening

In terms of the environment and fabric care, a softener is a really bad choice! That’s why we use inbuilt cationic softening as part of our formula. Click here if you want to know more about softeners. The fatty lipids in a softener are really not great on fabric. They cause a build up on the wicking properties of cotton, and other more specialist fabrics too. As you can imagine, fatty lipid content as effluence down our waste pipes is also not great. It is also one of the biggest problems when it comes to mouldy deposits running through the tubes of a washing machine and eventually making them stink. Never using a fabric softener in a new machine saves the issue of mouldy tubes and keeps the washing detergent drawer clean and clear.

Laundry regulations

In June 2015, laundry regulations stated that all washing formulas must be biodegradable.  Levels are assessed and companies are only allowed to market themselves as biodegradable if they are on the higher echelon. All in all, the industry has come a long way in recent years. Government and HSE policies are all designed to protect the consumer. Detergents on public sale are mostly phosphate free these days, another great result! Plus, all formulas in new packaging, or entering the market will have been labeled under the unified Global system. This doesn’t just apply to detergents but to cosmetics, cleaning products and so on. Meaning that consumers all around the world can understand what is in a product and the cautions that apply. Have a look at the back of the pack. 

Packaging and the environment

Taking care of the environment is important to us in our personal as well as working lives. Whilst being gutted that we need to use any plastic at all our film packs represent a huge packaging reduction and the film is accepted across the USA and much of Europe as recyclable material. We subscribe to Landbell.de in Germany and pay for the dual recycling scheme which covers the most sophisticated recycling return programme, where manufacturers basically have to take accountability for their products packaging disposal.

With pressure mounting in other countries, we are sure that it won’t be long until a similar scheme is operating in the UK and USA.

The latest changes we made to our bag style pack material makes it even easier for recycling plants to separate the layers of film for re-use. You can just fold up the bag to the size of tissue and pop it in the recycling.

To be as environmental as possible please consider purchasing our larger Kraft paper 10kg packs and glass Kilner jars. Once you have decanted our product into the jar at home our fragrances will stay fresh indefinitely.

We are always assessing our packaging and have been testing new compostable plastic alternatives made from the Eucalyptus plant.

We regularly ask customers for their thoughts so please tell us if you have other ideas.

Our choice of stationery, Revive, is 100% recycled and everything we print is via a carbon neutral print group.