Start Green Cleaning Today
"Start today with these simple green cleaning steps"
STEP 1: Use of Green Cleaning Chemicals and Products
1) Green Seal's Standard for Industrial and Institutional Cleaners (GS-37) certified chemicals for general purpose, washroom, glass, and carpet cleaning or recommended chemicals for those not covered by standard, but go beyond current industry specifications (e.g., furniture polish, metal cleaner).
2) Hand soaps that do not contain antimicrobial agents (e.g., Triclosan) except where required by law or regulations (i.e., healthcare or food preparation)
3) Micro-fiber dusting cloths and flat mops to collect dust and dirt. These out-perform traditional dusting and mopping materials and can often be used to remove soils without the need for chemical compounds. Also can be reused for minimal waste.
STEP 2: Use of "Green" Paper Products
1.) EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines and Green Seal's Standards for Tissue (GS-1) and Towels (GS-9) for recycled content in janitorial paper products bleached without the use of chlorine or its derivatives.
2.) Products dispensed from large rolls to minimize packaging and waste. Folded paper towels are discouraged.
3.) "Hands-free" paper towel dispensers that reduce the potential for cross-contamination.
4.) High-capacity dispensers that promote waste-reduction by controlling towel usage.
STEP 3: Using the UBM Green Cleaning Program will
1) Reduce health effects to building occupants, such as skin, eye and respiratory irritation or burns; allergies; multiple-chemical sensitivity; headaches; nausea, etc.
2) Increase safety by reducing the likelihood and frequency of fires, explosions, spills and splashes.
3) Reduce environmental impacts, including issues such as air pollution, water pollution. Green Cleaning reduces the amount of toxicity of products and chemicals requiring disposal.
4) Reduce costs to building management, tenants associate with sick leave, health care, productivity loss, and litigation.
5) Increase occupant and worker satisfaction, including improved morale, productivity and efficiency, quality of life, and sense of well-being. This can result from decrease annoyances such as malodor.