Fair warning – this is not another article about “green cleaning.” Is green cleaning related to sustainability? Yes it is a very important aspect, but it is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg with regard to how a cleaning services company can help your company meet its sustainability objectives.
Idealistically, sustainability means that we humans allow biological systems to go on functioning indefinitely, while simultaneously drawing from said systems for our own survival and quality of life. So we strive to minimize our impact on natural and man-made resources by developing processes that use less electricity, less water, less packaging material, and yes that are not toxic to the environment or people in our buildings. We minimize our environmental impact.
You have heard this all before, but sustainability is here to stay primarily for this reason: it makes fiscal sense, it saves money. It has been said that it involves the triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Profit. As we conserve resources, we don’t have to pay for them. So everyone should be committed to sustainability.
How does the company that empties your trash and cleans your restrooms fit into the picture? Ask your provider why using micro-fiber products saves water and chemicals while removing more soil and improving productivity. Ask about activated water and its up and coming place in the cleaning landscape – imagine cleaning products that actually work produced on-site from tap water, salt, and a small amount of electricity. And don’t hesitate to ask about waste reduction and what they are doing to achieve it. A sustainability oriented company will be knowledgeable about these and other hot-button issues that directly impact your company’s initiatives and will likely be able to keep your costs low while maintaining profitability, which translates to survivability.