The Environmental Benefits of Green Cleaners
Whether at home or in the workplace, we all have a strong preference for clean surroundings. Clean environments not only reduce the incidence of illness, but are also thought to contribute to workplace satisfaction, role performance and the overall mental wellbeing of staff.
While there is no refuting the benefits of cleanliness, there are mounting concerns about the materials and chemicals used by some commercial cleaners to achieve the result. Globally, billions of litres of chemicals and supplies are used for cleaning purposes each year. This staggering figure is compounded further by the waste generated by the packaging from these products. Considering the scale of this issue alone, it is not hard to understand the devastating impact these substances and the associated waste are having on our waterways, air, soil and wildlife.
Furthermore, exposure to some chemicals has been shown to be not only detrimental to the environment but also to human health, with some popular traditional cleaning products linked to skin irritation, allergic reactions, asthma and the compromise of air quality within commercial buildings.
The problem is that many of the chemicals used in cleaning products are still yet to be tested for safety, and subsequently the full extent of their impact on both human health and the environment are relatively unknown. However, what is clearly understood, is that the pollutants within these chemical compounds will either take a very a long time to degrade or in some cases, will not break down at all.
As we begin to develop greater awareness of the impact of these traditional cleaning agents, what the industry have dubbed ‘green products’ and ‘green cleaners’ that use only safe, environmentally-friendly cleaning agents are becoming an increasingly popular alternative. There are many reasons why more and more businesses have turned to green cleaning services over the past decade. Here we’ll discuss some of the most commonly sighted reasons.
Benefits of using a greener cleaning solution
1. Better for the health of those living and working in the building One of the main benefits experienced by those who use green cleaners is the impact this has on building occupants. While traditional cleaning products leave strong smells that pollute the air, green cleaning products reduce the presence of chemicals in the air and don’t result in these nasty smells.
… especially children and pets If your work environment often has kids and even pets running around, employing a cleaner who uses green cleaning products is a must. Chemicals and traditional pest control methods can actually be extremely harmful to pets, and naturally, eliminating the potential for a child to come into contact with harmful toxins is a no-brainer. Engaging green cleaners is an easy way to eliminate these risks.
2. Better for the environment – fewer chemicals By engaging green cleaners who use environmentally-friendly cleaning products, you are playing an important role in reducing the negative effects traditional cleaning products can have on our environment. This is an opportunity to not only lessen your carbon footprint, but also to support the sustainability of our waterways and have a positive impact on climate change and air pollution levels.
3.Better for the environment – less packaging waste Due to the dangerous, corrosive chemicals within, many traditional cleaners are packaged in materials which cannot be properly recycled. Conversely, as green cleaning agents aren’t corrosive, they can be packaged using environmentally-friendly materials which are then able to be recycled more readily when disposed of.
4.Better for the people using them Without toxic chemicals involved, cleaning doesn’t have to be a dangerous task. Green cleaning can involve using items from your cupboard like baking soda, olive oil, white vinegar and lemon juice which, when used in the right concentration with one another and water, are just as effective as chemical cleaners. That means there’s no need for your cleaners to worry about inhaling toxic fumes or protecting their skin with thick gloves.
5.Greener doesn’t mean more expensive It all sounds great, but what is it going to cost me? Many people mistakenly assume that green cleaning is a premium service beyond their financial reach, however in reality it is far more cost-effective than most realise. Many green cleaning products are just as, if not more, cost-effective than their traditional counterparts. This, coupled with the public’s increasing appetite for these green services mean that they can be secured at a surprisingly competitive price.
We all want to live and work in a pleasant, clean space, but given what we now know about the impact of yesteryears’ cleaning practices, there is no need to sacrifice the environment to do so. With an increased level of awareness, many individuals and businesses are now turning to healthier, greener solutions to meet their cleaning requirements. In doing so, they are able to not only enjoy a clean environment, but to know they have made a socially responsible decision which will support the sustainability of our planet and the life which inhabits it.