Why is green important?

Simply put going green cleaning is cleaning to protect health without harming the environment.

• Improve indoor air quality. Indoor air pollutants include dirt, dust, and other contaminants people bring in from the outside. This also includes the products used to clean the building.
• Impact on office buildings. The most common impact of cleaning in an office building is to improve or maintain acceptable appearance levels.
• Productivity: Improving indoor environmental quality fights both Building Related Illness (BRI) and Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). Many experts agree that a 2 percent increase in worker productivity is about average when a building implements effective improvements to indoor environment.
• Marketing: Although cleaning has often been looked at as simply an expense, and effective green cleaning program can be used as a powerful tool in this competitive market place.
• Cleaning’s impact on the environment: A well-designed and well-implemented cleaning program addresses improving the quality of our indoor environment while minimizing potential adverse effects on health and the environment as a whole.
• Recycle: An effective recycling program can reduce solid waste disposal volume between 50 to 90 percent, which can have significant impacts on reducing the cost of waste disposal. Encourage two-sided coping as much as possible.

An interesting list of facts:
• Cleaning is a 140 billion dollar business annually.
• 6 billion pounds of chemicals are used a year.
• 4.5 billion pounds of janitorial paper is used yearly that’s 27 million trees a year.
• A recycling program can generate thousands of dollars, creating a new profit center in the facility, possibly a new workshop for our consumers.

• All federal agencies are mandated to green their cleaning programs.
• Many states have begun mandating the use of green cleaning chemicals, paper, and liners in their buildings.
• Various counties and municipalities are also initiating green cleaning requirements for their facilities.
• In the private sector, the U.S. Green Building Council leads the movement for certifying green buildings.
• In the nonprofit advocacy sector are working with building sectors to encourage green cleaning.