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30 July, 2020 - 11:34 By Tony Quested

Cambs CleanTech company expands into hand sanitiser market

Environmental Science Group sanitiser

A Cambridgeshire CleanTech company is restructuring and expanding the business to offer a range of hygiene products to help protect people against the coronavirus.

Environmental Science Limited (ESL) is moving into the development, manufacture, and distribution of hygiene products. These will include hand sanitisers, sprays, medicated soaps, surface and floor wipes and disinfectants to counter COVID-19.

It will retain its core operations in environmental services: ESL, based in March, was set up in 1994 and has focused primarily on the authoring of Safety Data and Workplace Activity Safety Protection (WASP) Sheets, identifying chemical hazards and providing on-site COSHH monitoring, LEV testing and risk assessment services.

ESL has built and established trusted relationships within the UK chemical industry over the last 25 years so says it is a natural progression for the company to expand into the fresh line of business in the midst of the enduring pandemic.

To facilitate these new product lines, a new business entity is being created – branded Environmental Science Hygiene Ltd – and the existing company is renamed as Environmental Science Group. CEO Sam Awolesi said one factor behind the change of direction for the business was that some products are being very hastily marketed during the pandemic so do not perform as efficiently as may be implied. 

“By contrast, the team at Environmental Science are committed to producing high quality products that are both safe and effective,” says the CEO.

The company also feels it is important to provide complete transparency by supplying the relevant GHS Safety Data Sheets, Product Labels, Product Information Sheets, etc to prove provenance. The company claims its hand sanitiser is unique and different from other current products for a number of reasons.

The alcohol used is naturally sourced and distilled from the sap of palm trees which are not damaged in the extraction process, so the product is both
sustainable and eco-friendly.

Unlike most other sources of Ethanol, by tapping into an existing resource it means that valuable agricultural land can be used for food production instead.

The company adds that the foaming action is preferred by the healthcare sector over gel-based products and that the alcohol content is in excess of 60 per cent, as recommended by the World Health Organization. It also conforms to the European Standard EN1276.

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