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How to Build a Green Cleaning Program Without Boosting CostsFebruary 6, 2014
So you’d like to have a green cleaning program for your Silicon Valley/ Bay Area facility management plan, but you think you can’t afford it? Here are some strategies that are both cost-efficient and sustainable:
- Reusable tools – Are you buying tons of single-use paper towels instead of a few sturdy, washable cloth towels? Getting on the reusable tools bandwagon can help you reduce your waste disposal burden and make a smaller imprint on the environment. Even old containers can be rinsed out and refilled for a variety of future applications.
- Simplified processes – You’ll find that by codifying and streamlining your cleaning processes, you’ll have more control over how much time and money goes into them. Is the cleaning staff using hot water when it could be using lukewarm or cold water instead? Are they switching the lights off behind them when they finish cleaning a room? Implement and enforce the common-sense behaviors as part of your cleaning program. You can even cut costs by simplifying and consolidating the purchasing process — for instance, look for ways to replace several specialized cleansers with a single broad-spectrum cleaning product.
- Electrolyzed water system – Yes, an electrolyzed water system can cost up to $15,000, but if your Bay Area facility goes through lots of cleaning supplies on a regular basis, it could save you a bundle in the long run. These systems zap saline water with electrical current to produce two potent yet eco-friendly cleaning agents, sodium hydroxide and hypochlorous acid — all at a cost of about 2 cents per gallon of water. Even better, you don’t have to worry about buying, transporting, storing and securing large quantities of chemicals.
Want more ideas? Contact IMPEC Group and let’s talk about sustainable solutions for your business!