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what is the green cleaning? | costs vs benefit of 'being green' | improve staff productivity, reduce costs | the 7 dirty little greenwashing sins

Being ‘Green’ is not just about changing the chemicals we use or recycling a few products - it’s a mindset. It is about ‘talking the talk’ and ‘walking the walk’ both at home and our workplace environments. But how many of us actually have that level of commitment or even know where to start? WE DO!

Aside from offering commercial cleaning services, we also have a strong commitment to educating those with an interest in learning how they can implement real eco-friendly practises.

 

what is green cleaning?

GREEN CLEANING (n): A concept, an approach to cleaning that protects health without harming the environment

In his book ‘Green Cleaning for Dummies’, Stephen Ashkin describes Green Cleaning as "...cleaning to protect health without harming the environment.” This definition captures the essence of green in addressing both health and environmental issues. Green cleaning is about more than just protecting our precious resources, its also about human health. This is what’s different about EcoPro – unlike most other commercial cleaning companies – we assume an holistic approach to green cleaning. In our view, it is not enough to just change a few chemicals - cleaning methods and equipment also come into the equation, as does recycling and building maintenance.

 

costs vs. benefits of ‘being green’

Realistically speaking, the key driver in most businesses when it comes to looking for commercial cleaning services will be cost. In fact, most businesses would be pleasantly surprised by the level of sustainable savings they can achieve, when they engage our services.

We can assist you in identifying which areas of your current cleaning process can be improved and, we will help you implement a plan that suits your specific needs. These will help you reduce your carbon footprint and costs. Find out how we've saved costs for Auckland businesses.

 

improve staff productivity, reduce costs

Maximising your staff productivity without increasing your costs is an elusive goal for many businesses.

Office workers spend more than 80% of their time indoors, and most of this time is when we are at work.  Indoor air can be up to 2 - 5 times more polluted than outdoor air* causing diseases like asthma to rise at alarming rates. Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is now recognised as causing a wide range of complaints including general malaise. This leads to employee absenteeism and an overall decrease in productivity.  In the US for example, the economic impact of SBS is staggering – estimated to be billions of dollars in lost productivity every year.

The key cause of this lost productivity is poor building air quality.  And believe it or not, in most cases improving that indoor air quality is quite easy – and you may well be able to achieve this productivity increase with no additional cost to your business!

Studies show that a healthy indoor environment is estimated to increase employee productivity between .05% and 7%.  Most experts agree that 2% increase in productivity is reasonable.

The key to this productivity increase is in how you manage your cleaning processes.  Indeed many traditional cleaning products actually contribute to SBS rather than eliminate it.  It’s about HOW you clean your premises.

Today, sustainable cleaning products and equipment are available along with competent cleaners utilising sustainable cleaning systems. Together, they can eliminate contaminants such as Volatile Organic Compounds found in traditional everyday cleaning products, thereby creating a healthier environment for your staff to work in.

 

the 7 dirty little greenwashing sins - are those eco-claims true?

These are 7 seemingly innocuous sins companies commit, when they make bold unsubstantiated claims about how their products and practices are saving the planet. Yeah right

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