Businesses and commercial facilities are slowly moving from traditional cleaning to green cleaning. Using environment-friendly products is becoming accepted for companies committed to sustainability. For some business owners, however, this could be a difficult and confusing experience.
Due to misconceptions about green cleaning, it is only natural for some to be cautious when making the decision. ServiceMaster Remediation Services discusses some frequently asked questions about green cleaning and how businesses can start transitioning from the traditional.
What is Green Cleaning?
Green cleaning is defined as the usage of environment-safe cleaning products. Further, this type of cleaning uses products, cleaners or substances that contain no additives, artificial fragrances, chlorine or harmful chemicals, as well as use recyclable packaging.
Green Cleaning Vs. Traditional Cleaning
- Green cleaning products are just as effective and cost-efficient as traditional cleaning products while matching their quality.
- Green cleaning products contain no strong or harmful chemicals which have the potential to cause health problems.
- Many green products meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) criteria for use in commercial settings.
- Green products are eco-friendly and have fewer toxic chemicals.
Logos in Green Cleaning Products
The labels on green cleaning products may be unfamiliar and cause confusion. Here are some labels commonly found in green cleaning products and what they mean.
- Cruelty-free – the product has not been tested on animals.
- Eco-friendly – the product has a reduced impact on the environment.
- Green labels – the product is safe for human health and the planet.
- Natural – the product is naturally derived.
- Non-toxic – the product contains substances that don’t result in adverse health effects.
The aforementioned terms are typically found in most cleaning products used today, but these terms are not regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), EPA, or other official government entities and therefore lack the official certifications that may be required by businesses.
It may be hard to verify what these labels claim unless you are an expert in cleaning product ingredients. However, there are official labels regulated by third-party entities:
Label used by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to show how much of a product contains bio-based ingredients.
Used by the USDA to indicate that a product does not use genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or synthetic fertilizers.
A third-party certification used for products with a reduced impact on the environment.
This label is given to products meeting certain sustainability standards. The entire life cycle of the product is assessed and there are strict requirements that a product must meet to be certified. The green cleaning products of ServiceMaster Clean have met these standards and are Green Seal-certified.
Transitioning Your Facility to Green Cleaning
More and more businesses are trying to transition from traditional cleaning to green cleaning. Here are some steps and recommendations that you can follow while transitioning.
- Familiarize yourself with green products and how they can be utilized in various areas of your business. Each industry has specific requirements and would need different cleaning products.
- Talk with your facility managers or internal cleaning team to identify your cleaning needs. Identify the types of surfaces to be cleaned, the types of products suitable, and how often these surfaces should be cleaned to meet regulations.
- Know the appropriate cleaning method for each product. Knowledge of green cleaning products is not enough; you must also know how to use and apply them. Your internal cleaning team must be familiar with the appropriate procedures for a safe and effective clean, as well as the proper dwell time and personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used.
- Create a plan for the transition to meet internal goals for the shift. Set a realistic timeline for when to remove or completely utilize traditional cleaning products and when to use green cleaners to prevent wastage.
- Partner with a green cleaning company. ServiceMaster Clean uses environment-safe products without sacrificing cleaning power. We also have certifications from independent agencies to ensure the effectiveness of our products while committing to a healthier environment.
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