Sustainability, janitorial cleaning industry

Sustainability in the janitorial cleaning industry involves implementing practices that reduce the environmental impact of cleaning products and equipment, as well as minimizing waste and energy usage. Here are some ways the industry can work towards sustainability:

  1. Green cleaning products: Use of eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning products that are free from harmful chemicals and are biodegradable.
  2. Efficient cleaning practices: Implementing cleaning practices that use fewer resources, such as using microfiber cloths, which require less water and chemicals, or using spray bottles instead of buckets.
  3. Energy-efficient equipment: Utilizing energy-efficient cleaning equipment like vacuums with HEPA filters or auto scrubbers that use less water.
  4. Waste reduction: Implementing recycling programs for used cleaning products like bottles and other materials used in the cleaning process.
  5. Staff training: Training janitorial staff on how to use cleaning products and equipment more efficiently and encouraging them to adopt sustainable practices.
  6. Green certifications: Seeking out and obtaining green cleaning certifications such as Green Seal, which recognizes the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products and practices.
  7. Sanitizing and disinfecting is key to eliminating the potential for contamination and the spread of illness. This is an area where Green cleaning products in most cases will not perform as required. Use of a single approved EPA listed solutions, and CDC approved cleaning process should be implemented in high traffic areas such as bathrooms, showers and kitchens.

Implementing these sustainability practices in the janitorial cleaning industry not only helps protect the environment but also benefits the health and well-being of workers, building occupants, and communities at large.