News about the Circular Economy
with a forward-looking sustainability concept
25. January 2023
The (r)evolution of laundry detergents and softeners: proven skin compatibilityWhen developing laundry detergents and fabric softeners, the focus is usually on cleaning performance and the effect on the fibres and shaping of textiles.
13. October 2022
Clean down textiles to feel goodDown textiles – light as a feather, providing cozy warmth – like duvets, pillows as well as jackets, e.g., of residents in retirement and nursing homes are a real challenge for professional laundry. How can cozy natural products made of real feathers and down stay fresh, clean, and fluffy in the cold season?
27. September 2022
Green and Clean: Sustainable washing powders by Green Care ProfessionalIn in-house laundries with only few wash cycles per day, the question arises as to whether washing powders can meet laundry hygiene requirements. Can this be done without sacrificing optimized energy, water and chemical efficiency? Is the use of washing powders with manual dosing sustainable?
1. August 2022
Green Transformation: The “Go Green” Year at Werner & Mertz ProfessionalFor the Professional Division of Werner & Mertz, 2022 promises to be a thoroughly green year. In the “Go Green“ project, the Mainz specialists for professional cleaning are hard at work, enlarging the product portfolio of their sustainable Green Care Professional brand. In the process, the formulas and packaging of several Tana Professional brand products are being reworked and optimized for a sustainable circular economy and their inclusion in the Green Care Professional portfolio. Thus, the recyclable solutions for professional building cleaning will be significantly expanded again.
20. May 2022
Werner & Mertz Professional at Interclean 2022: Crowds rush toward the circular economyInterest in sustainability and the circular economy is growing by leaps and bounds in the professional building cleaning sector. That’s the take-away for Tana-Chemie, the Professional Divison of Werner & Mertz, from this year’s Interclean trade show in Amsterdam. Several hundred companies presented their latest solutions and concepts for professional cleaning from 10 to 13 May in the Netherlands capital.
8. July 2021
EcoVadis Platinum awarded to Tana-Chemie GmbHFor the past 14 years the respected CSR rating agency EcoVadis has assessed corporate environmental and social practices. The audit takes into account 21 criteria with a special focus on the four topics of Labor and Human Rights, Ethics, Environment, and Sustainable Procurement. The last two in particular received highly positive marks in this year’s assessment of the Werner & Mertz Professional Division, Tana-Chemie GmbH. Recognized as one of the most sustainable companies in the world, Tana-Chemie has earned the Platinum medal and a place in the highest rating class – an exclusive distinction that is awarded in only one percent of all cases. The Mainz-based cleaning products company has made the circular economy the key element in its corporate philosophy for many years. Moreover, Tana-Chemie is well aware of its economic, social and ecological responsibility for its employees, customers, suppliers and the environment.
3. August 2020
Vergabe-Insider: New online trade journal about green public procurementThere’s no doubt that public procurement must and will become more sustainable. The changes present great challenges to purchasing agents because, despite sustainability’s relevance, the issue has thus far been neglected in public procurement. Consequently, the agents lack clarification on one hand and concrete assistance with practical implementation on the other. In order to change that, the Professional Division of the Mainz-based cleaning products manufacturer Werner & Mertz, is working with the Forschungsgruppe für Recht und Management öffentlicher Beschaffung (FoRMöB) at the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich. Together they have founded the VERGABE INSIDER, an online trade journal for everyone who deals with green public procurement. Another important partner in the magazine is NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union).
12. November 2019
Patented stand-up pouch of monomaterial: The ecological all-rounderWithin the scope of its Recyclate Initiative, Werner & Mertz has reached another milestone on the way to a genuine circular economy. The company has brought to market the world’s first completely recyclable pouch of a monomaterial (polyethylene) with removable label, whose development followed Cradle to Cradle® principles. The innovative and patented pouch concept is the result of a four-year joint development project conducted by Werner & Mertz and the global packaging and paper firm Mondi. The concept solves the problem of recycling printed plastic. About 85 percent of the packaging material is not printed and therefore can be recycled with no loss of quality as it is not contaminated by ink. The remaining 15 percent, the printed label, is completely recyclable and, because no adhesives or bonding agents are used, the material can flow back into new applications. Certification recently was conferred by the independent Institut cyclos-HTP and Interseroh, which stated that the stand-up pouch has “very good recyclability that cannot be optimized any further.”
27. October 2019
German Environmental Award 2019 for Reinhard SchneiderFederal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier called on citizens to “make bold decisions today” in environmental and climate protection to trigger “positive interactions for tomorrow”. “The future is not predestined. It’s up to us what we make of it,” he said at the presentation of the German Environmental Award of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) in Mannheim. “The plastic bottle that is recycled today or not even produced will not end up in the oceans tomorrow. It will be back in the raw material cycle the day after tomorrow. The soil, which is protected from erosion today, binds carbon. And it can still be used tomorrow as farmland to feed people.” Steinmeier presented the highest endowed independent environmental award in Europe with a total of 500,000 EUR to the soil scientist Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner from the Technical University of Munich and Werner & Mertz CEO Reinhard Schneider.
10. September 2018
Expansion of the KLIKS System: KLIKS Pouch for Building Cleaning and Kitchen HygieneKliks was the first professional Cradle-to-Cradle® certified assortment launched for machine dishwashing and laundry processes. The highly concentrated products offer compact efficiency and top cleaning performance. Now we have expanded the Kliks System with Kliks-Pouch, a closed dosing system that offers a controlled and precise dose of cleaning products for kitchen hygiene and building cleaning.
25. April 2018
Quick & Easy conversion to 100% rHDPE cartridgesOur popular “Quick & Easy” system offers several advantages. The extensive range of products combines mobile and exact dosing with simple and safe use. On top of that, the system has an innovative packaging design that makes economical dosages possible. In 2020 we made “Quick & Easy” even more sustainable by converting the packaging material for the cartridges from 50% recyclable plastic (rHDPE) to 100% rHDPE. In the interests of a circular economy, the used packaging material can be recycled completely with household waste and the material cycle remains closed. Because the cartridges are produced on the Werner & Mertz premises, we also reduce transportation costs and related emissions.