Green is everywhere. The general public walks up and down
consumer store aisles full of products touting green, sustainability or
environmentally friendly. Consumer news stations cover water conservation and
energy issues on a regular basis. Governmental bodies are moving forward with
the production of legislation requiring minimized energy usage and certified
cleaning products and practices. Even our own trade publications put a heavy
emphasis on cleaning green.
But what does this all mean? Has “green” become more about
business and less about the environment or overall health — the reason for its
Green has turned into a business and although the majority
of products are legitimate, there are going to be companies out there trying to
cut corners to make an extra buck on the green trend. To make sure the products
you buy are actually green, look past the fancy verbiage on product labels and
watch for certification logos. Also examine product ingredients and check the
MSDS’s for clarification. If you suspect a product of falsifying green claims,
contact the certifying body for confirmation. Some sites even go so far to list
the names of products and manufacturers falsely claiming green.
these simple steps will guarantee you are cleaning green, bettering the
environment and protecting the health and wellness of the building occupants.
in my business i have nearly eliminated all chemical whether green or not by using microfiber sponges and microfiber rags...I still use green toilet cleaner/disinfectant and green mopping solution
Certifications are certainly helpful but I wonder if they can also stifle creativity and bringing new products to market? I believe Green Seal charges upwards of $10,000 for each product certified and there are ongoing annual charges to keep your product certified. Maybe no big deal for the big boys but what about smaller companies wanting to be innovative with new formulations? Could this be why some manufacturers now have their products certified by an independent third party?
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