Purchasing environmentally-friendly cleaning products does not necessarily equate to a green policy, your staff needs to be properly trained as well.
Some cleaning agents are better for the environment than others, reducing the impact on local ecosystems and the health concerns of your staff.
A green cleaning policy can help your business reduce its environmental impact and allow your team to develop safer, more effective ways of working.
By reducing the number of toxic chemicals from your purchasing list, you can create a healthier environment, both internally and externally, reducing pollution and health risks for the staff.
However, buying environmentally-friendly cleaning products doesn’t necessarily equate to a green policy — you must also train your staff to carry out cleaning jobs effectively, minimizing wastage and misuse and ensuring that environmental benefits occur in the longer term.
The Benefits Of Using Green Products
Some conventional cleaning products can include volatile agents which may be damaging when released into the atmosphere or rinsed down the drain into water systems.
Less hazardous cleaning products have positive environmental attributes in terms of their biodegradability, toxicity, low volatile organic compound (VOC) content and packaging requirements.
This improves indoor air quality, reduces water and air pollution and ensures the effectiveness of cleaning in removing contaminants from the building’s interior.
Some cleaning ingredients can also cause skin and respiratory irritation or chemical burns if not handled with care.
By developing environmentally-friendly processes and purchasing strategies, you can ensure that the products you use are environmentally friendly and will not negatively impact the health of your staff.
Less Environmentally Friendly Ingredients
When buying cleaning products, check the bottle ingredients and try to reduce the use of the following compounds and use more environmentally-friendly alternatives, where possible:
- Alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) are added to some laundry detergents, disinfectants and citrus cleaners/degreasers; these compounds can be difficult to break down and can harm the reproductive processes of fish and other water species.
- “Danger,” “Poison” and “Corrosive” cleaners should be minimized as they are likely to be poor for the environment and can cause health problems if mismanaged.
- Ozone-depleting compounds as listed in the Clean Air Act regulations or regulated hazardous materials.
- Petroleum-based cleaning products can increase our dependence on imported oil. However, a non-toxic petroleum degreaser is better for the environment than a toxic and polluting phosphate detergent, for example.
Scott Harris is the director of Click Cleaning, providers of cleaning supplies. Click Cleaning supplies a number of environmentally friendly cleaning products and a range of equipment for commercial and domestic use. Some of Click Cleaning’s most popular products include Jeyes Fluid and Numatic vacuum cleaners among environmental products such as Ecover. Please contact Click Cleaning at (845) 680-1955 or CustomerCare@ClickCleaning.com for more information.