An article in April 2012’s Cleaning Hygiene Today highlighted the all-important, currently very relevant issue of natural cleaning; what this term actually means, and the benefits of making the change to this from your regular cleaning products and practices.
At Newlife Cleaning Systems, we are committed to making greener, more environmentally-friendly options in everything that we do. In emphasis of this, we have attained an ISO 1400:2001, which shows that we are attempting to conduct all our work in a way that consistently shows thought and consideration to the environment. This is something that our team have have noticed is increasingly becoming a requirement for our clients.
As a result of this, we thought we would discuss some of the reasons why the decision to go green could be advantageous to other contract cleaning organisations, as well as their valued customers.
The article highlighted that a green has come at a very poignant time, as the tax in landfill has increased, making it particularly difficult for businesses to get rid of their waste in a cost-effective way. Minimising your waste, and reducing your organisation’s carbon footprint, could be the best decision you make.
To combat the raise in land fill tax, and to avoid unnecessary uses of resources, you can dispose of your waste by recycling. Simply putting recycling bins into offices and other workplaces, as a means to dispose of waste paper, can make a big difference over an organisation.
As a contract cleaning company, when we execute deep-cleans of properties or industrial sites, we often have to remove various types of waste from the venue. If, instead of throwing all waste out together, we divide it up and retain the items that can be recycled, we can make a big difference of every job we undertake.
Another essential part of cleaning in an environmentally-friendly way, is the use of all-natural cleaning products. This could be as simple as using lemon juice and vinegar to apply a shine to items, rather than synthetic cleaning products filled with chemicals. This is much easier done in the home, and can undoubtedly pose more challenges if a contract cleaning company attempted to do it.
There are still many products on the market which contain natural, non-harmful components that cleaning companies can use. In addition to the liquid products, the article drew attention to even newer technological advances, which can be utilised more readily by cleaning organisations. There are now cloths containing microfibres and also steamers, which only require water in order to conduct the clean. This, whilst helping to make operatives’ tasks easier, also removes the necessity for the use of harsh chemicals being released into the environment, which could cause damage.
The article also discusses the life cycle of the products you use, and how evaluating them could be a big part in your environmental management system. LCA- Life Cycle Analysis-includes how the product is manufactured, transported, sorted and disposed of, whist you are working. By selecting products which have a more green LCA, you are supporting this, and helping these to take precident.
One of the focuses on the article, is that from the beginning to the end of the cleaning process, you remain environmentally friendly the whole way through. This is something we strongly agree with here at Newlife, and is in-keeping with the ISO 1400:2001.
Changing the products, as previously discussed, is something which you can begin with. Smaller changes can also be made, such as how you transport them. If you buy your products in large bottles and quantities, and refill smaller bottles each time your team begin work, this can be done very easily. You do not create as much waste and lower the carbon emissions which are produced when your vehicles transport them to site.
Transport can also be modified in reference to your staff too, as transporting them to and from site could increase the overall fuel consumption of your company, and increase CO2 emissions overall. The article suggests that encouraging car shares, or the use of public transport, in reference to your team could also help.
Another of the points that was discussed, was the amount of energy that is used whilst operatives are conducting their work, including heating on a cold night and lighting in a building. This is something that might not occur to you because it’s part of your work, but can make a big difference. If, in larger buildings, staff only clean one room at a time, this could prevent the lights from the building being on, and wasting unnecessary energy. This provides an added benefit to your client, as not only does it lower their energy usage, but it lessens their bills too.
If you can make these, and any other similar changes, you will be able to guarantee to your clients, and yourselves, are doing their best for the environment.
To discuss how Newlife Cleaning Systems show consideration to your environment, you are welcome to contact us and speak to one of our team.