Green cleaning refers to using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedures which are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality. Green cleaning techniques and products avoid the use of products which contain toxic chemicals, some of which emit volatile organic compounds causing respiratory, dermatological and other conditions. -Wikipedia
Most of us know that green cleaning products are better for the environment, but is it really? Which products are safe to use, which ones are not? Is it really cost effective to use these products and do they really help to lower the pollution caused by chemicals? This article will explain all of this.
If, during the manufacturing process, the chemicals are biodegradable then it is termed Eco friendly. One of the most popular brands is the U.S Green Cleaning Council. Also known as USGBC. Their logo is on the side of the products purchased at many janitorial suppliers and retail outlets around the world.
According to USGBC.org, the intent of the U.S. Green Building Council is:
To reduce the exposure of building occupants and maintenance personnel to potentially hazardous chemical, biological and particulate contaminants, which adversely affect air quality, human health, building finishes, building systems and the environment.
and To reduce the environmental impacts of cleaning products, disposable janitorial paper products and trash bags.
But is this financially the way to go? Can janitorial companies remain competitive in the market while pushing the green initiative?
The answer is yes. Currently Enviro USA offers options on using ecofriendly products in your facility. Are they more expensive, yes, but many of our customers feel that paying a bit more for these products to help keep our environment safe is worth the extra dollars spent at the end of the year.
Many businesses work very hard to become ecofriendly, spending thousands or even tens of thousands to be sure they are a sustainable company. This is our home and we need to take care of it for future generations.