This year, on April 22, we celebrate the 50th Earth Day – marking the perfect opportunity to evaluate how your facility can adjust its cleaning program to operate more sustainably. Here are a few key questions to ask to ensure an environmentally friendly solution, without sacrificing effectiveness.
How is my cleaning program limiting plastic waste?
One projection showed the oceans could house more plastics than fish by 2050, causing countries worldwide to implement restrictions on plastics production that are bound to intensify in the coming years.
To stay ahead of the curve, facility managers can implement an on-site generation system that creates cleaner and sanitizer inside the facility. This allows employees to reuse the containers holding their solution supply in addition to using refillable spray bottles. This way, bottles, containers and other packaging don’t end up in landfills or recycling facilities prematurely. Employing on-site generation can significantly reduce a cleaning program’s output of plastic waste, an environmentally responsible step.
How is my cleaning program saving water?
Climate change is quickly progressing, challenging our supply of natural resources like water. Already, an estimated 2 billion people live in countries with high water stress, according to the United Nations. For large facilities, locating the specific points of excessive water waste can be challenging. Even with measurement systems in place, there isn’t a perfect way to monitor every individual with access. To cut costs and conserve this resource, the best tactic is to change the way you clean.
A solution that leaves little to no residue on surfaces helps reduce the need to rinse surfaces after cleaning and disinfecting. By avoiding rinsing across a wide variety of surfaces, facilities can reduce the volume of water they use in the cleaning process. Look for electrochemically activated (ECA) solutions that work across multiple surfaces and leave less residue than conventional chemicals.
How is my cleaning program limiting carbon emissions?
Facility managers are constantly keeping an eye on the actions they take in-house, but sometimes fail to look further and consider how certain decisions have unseen implications. This includes the consequences of shipping cleaning chemicals to the facility.
With shipping trucks accounting for a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in the US, implementing an on–site generation system can eliminate the emissions that result from getting cleaning products regularly delivered via carbon-emitting gas-guzzlers.
Facility managers can evaluate and adjust their cleaning programs to be more environmentally responsible. By switching to on-site generation of cleaning solutions, plastic waste, water use and greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced, resulting in more sustainable cleaning programs.