Incorporating green practices in cleaning means making use of cleaning supplies and materials that are environmentally-friendly. It also means making use of cleaning methods that produce as small a carbon footprint as possible. There are a number of ways by which you and other Tucson firms can “go green” with your cleaning programs.
Familiarize yourself with green products
The easiest and most basic way of starting your green cleaning process is to know what chemicals and cleaning solutions are environmentally safe. It can be quite tempting to just get the first cleaning solution that has a “100% biodegradable” tag, but the best way to go would be to check out the ingredients, or the Materials Safety Data Sheet, of the cleaning solutions that you use and compare them with what the National Institute of Health’s database has to say. If your janitorial supplies come with toxic ingredients, look for better alternatives.
Look for alternatives to conventional products
Many common conventional janitorial supplies have greener alternatives. A good alternative to a dust rag, for example, is a microfiber cloth. These cloths are more eco-friendly because they don’t require cleaning chemicals to do an effective job.
Need to change your light bulbs? Use CFL or LED lights instead of your usual fluorescent and incandescent. While CFL and LED lights tend to be priced higher, they can save you more in the long run since they have a longer life and would cost less in terms of your monthly electric bill.
10 Ways to Green Your Business and Save Money, Forbes.com
Cleaning up safety, safetyandhealthmagazine.com