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We are all aware by now of the massive effort on everyone's part be more environmentally conscious. This social agenda advocates the concept of ecology and sustainability and this movement continues to evolve. This is especially true when it comes to the cleaning industry.

As worldwide efforts continue pushing toward “earth-friendly,” building owners and facility managers are looking for their Cleaning Service Providers to provide them with environmentally preferred cleaning services. And as the demand for greener services continues to grow, many government building, schools, Hospitals, and universities also require a formalized green cleaning and sustainability program be used in their facilities.

How do you know if we truly offer environmentally conscious cleaning services?

In its infancy, it was unclear exactly what it meant to be environmentally conscious. The term “green cleaning” was vague and much of the information associated with it was inaccurate or intentionally disguised.

For years, the label of “green” had gone without challenge, meaning, many manufacturers claimed to offer products and chemicals that were so-called “green” when in reality, they were not. They falsely represented products with misleading labels in order to market to this growing trend. Manufacturers saturated the marketplace with so-called eco-friendly and green products, a practice labeled by the cleaning industry as “greenwashing.”

Today this is all changing. The impact of green cleaning is being felt industry-wide and manufacturers are feeling the pressure to provide us with proof that the products and brands they sell are biodegradable, non-toxic, and produced with recycled and renewable resources.

Now there are third-party organizations that have created a much-needed standard that provide testing, monitoring and certifications. We confidently offer our customers environmentally conscience and certified green products and services, but we still need to stay up to date with the standards and regulations in the cleaning industry.

Following are some of the organizations involved in setting green cleaning standards:

  • Green Seal
  • Ecologo
  • Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN)
  • Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI)
  • Biodegradable Products Institute

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