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Fleets urged to be part of ‘Plastic Free July’

vGroup International is urging fleets as well as vehicle servicing outlets to take part in ‘Plastic Free July’ by using a tablet form of vehicle screen wash.

vGroup calculates that UK motorists annually use around 100m plastic bottles of screenwash, which end up incinerated or in landfill sites or make their way into seas

The ‘Plastic free July’ global movement encourages millions of people to be part of the solution to the epidemic of plastic pollution by choosing to refuse to use single-use plastics.

Motor accessory specialist vGroup International has already taken action through the introduction of tablet-form Screenwash Pods through high street retailers, parts distributor Euro Car Parts and via other outlets; in the first six months of 2019, the business has sold 200,000 of the Screenwash Pods in place of a similar number of five-litre plastic containers of screen wash or 500ml of concentrate.

The Screenwash Pods have also already been introduced into the UK franchise dealer workshops of two major vehicle importer brands and are already advocated by BMW and Nissan in Germany and their franchise dealer networks. Additionally, other organisations, including the RAC, are white-labelling the pods.

And the business is now calling on fleets to play their part.

Martyn Nash, vGroup International chairman, said: “Replacing screen wash containers with Screenwash Pods may seem a small change, but if all fleets and company car and commercial vehicle drivers as well as all motorists made the transition collectively it would make a massive difference to the volume of single-use plastics consumed and speed the move to a world without plastic waste.

“Sustainability has fast become critical to organisations as part of their corporate social responsibility programmes. vGroup International’s innovative Screenwash Pods have a key role to play in reducing the use of millions of plastic bottles of screen wash.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.