As we approach Earth Day 2019, it is a good time to take an inventory of our environmental impact and consider ways to improve it. Whether a cleaning program is run in-house or by a cleaning contractor, implementing on-site generation of ElectroChemically-Activated (ECA) cleaning solutions can help drastically improve environmental impact through reduced waste.
Reduce waste with ECA solutions.
The reduction of waste becomes possible because of the unique way that ECA solutions are generated and used. A PathoSans system combines water, salt, and electricity and dispenses two ready-to-use solutions on-site and on demand. This approach reduces waste in a myriad of ways. This blog will cover all of the ways that switching to PathoSans ECA cleaning solutions can reduce waste and make your cleaning program more environmentally responsible.
Reduce Single-Use Plastics
Due to their proliferation in the world’s oceans, single-use plastics are the focus of many environmental campaigns. These campaigns urge consumers to avoid plastic water bottles, straws, and disposable containers and pack their own reusable alternatives. On-site generation of ECA solutions helps cleaning programs reduce single-use plastics and embrace their reusable alternatives.
ECA solutions help reduce single-use plastics.
With on-site generation, rather than receiving monthly shipments of plastic bottles filled with cleaning chemicals, cleaners refill their spray bottles directly from the source. This eliminates hundreds of plastic bottles (per year and per facility) that would have otherwise gone straight from the maintenance closet to the recycling bin. Instead, plastic spray bottles are used for their entire usable life rather than recycled or, worse, thrown away.
Reduce Fuel Use
Speaking of those monthly chemical shipments, let’s talk about transportation. Transporting cleaning chemicals burns fuel and releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. According to the EPA, transportation was responsible for over a third of all carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere in 2017. Professional cleaners can help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by eliminating the need for ongoing shipments of cleaning chemicals.
Once an on-site generation system is set up, it produces cleaning chemicals right where you need them – no transportation required. If every commercial facility switched to on-site generation, there would be a huge reduction in fuel use and carbon emissions from transporting cleaning solutions. However, even one facility making the switch will make a meaningful change.
On-site generation reduces fuel waste.
Use Fewer Cleaning Solutions
A PathoSans system creates two ECA cleaning solutions, PathoClean, a cleaner/degreaser, and PathoCide, a sanitizer/disinfectant. These two solutions replace a host of different cleaning chemicals designed and marketed for almost every type of surface. With PathoSans, there is no need for that many cleaning solutions. On any surface that can tolerate water, PathoSans ECA solutions can clean and sanitize.
PathoSans can replace a host of cleaning solutions.
Reduce Chemical Waste
For facilities that use conventional cleaning chemicals, another environmental concern is chemical waste. After cleaning the floor or scrubbing the toilet bowl, the spent chemical goes down the drain where it becomes everyone’s problem in municipal water treatment centers. Unlike conventional chemicals, ECA solutions neutralize in the drain, turning into harmless softened water. The switch to ECA solutions can help ease the burden on local water treatment by reducing chemical waste.
Often, switching to more environmentally responsible practices requires an initial investment. A PathoSans on-site generation system is one such investment that will quickly return itself. PathoSans ECA solutions cost only about seven cents a gallon to produce, an enormous savings over conventional chemicals. This will free up capital to reinvest where you want it, maybe in other green projects and programs.
Green is the New Normal
Here at PathoSans, we know that the earth is what we all have in common. We have a responsibility to use our resources wisely and pass a thriving planet on to our children. As more cleaning programs move towards environmentally responsible practices like ECA solutions, everyone reaps the benefits.