Did you know? The average person spends 90% of their time indoors.
And inside air is 2 to 5 times more polluted than outside air.
What’s more, there’s a growing body of research showing that environmentally friendly cleaning products can actually improve air quality in work environments.
Green cleaning means much more than simply using “green” products, however. The real objective to implementing a green cleaning program is to achieve a cleaner and healthier building while also having the smallest possible impact on the environment.
More and more businesses say they want to go green, but are hesitant to do so. Often that’s because they believe green cleaning will be expensive and complicated. Studies show, however, that businesses that implement green practices incur no additional costs, but actually reduce their energy, water and waste consumption. They also report other major benefits, especially where employees are concerned: lower absenteeism, higher morale, improved productivity and easier recruiting.
It’s important to remember that green cleaning should take all cleaning processes into account. This includes the products that are selected and how they are used. For example, an environmentally friendly cleaning product should ideally be used with paper towels made from 100% post-consumer recycled fibre – and in reasonable quantities (or even better, with strong reusable microfiber cloths that have a long lifespan). Reducing consumption is a big part of green cleaning and will allow businesses to meet their green cleaning goals.
Contrary to popular belief, some green cleaning processes and products are just as effective as conventional products and can even be more profitable over the long run.
Whenever possible, look for locally manufactured products that degrade rapidly in the environment and that are sold in recycled, recyclable or bulk containers. It will allow you to do yet another good deed for the environment!
In short, a good green initiative should focus first and foremost on measurable results, rather than solely on products. Look at the methods being used and their impacts on individuals, the building and the environment.