Why emphasize sustainable cleaning for the built environment?
Sustainable solutions are not just better for the environment, they are a sound business strategy.
Here are 6 reasons why:
#1 Sustainable approaches are all about extending the life of your building surfaces and fixtures.
If you restore and replace less often, your expenses are lower. Labor costs are reduced. The cost of replacement or restoration occurs less frequently. Sustainable approaches make all this possible.
#2 Risks and liabilities are reduced.
Risk management calls for using safer processes to clean and maintain buildings. Manufacturers have responded with more effective, yet safer formulations and equipment. Many reduce toxicity, others reduce slip/fall risks and yet others require less musculoskeletal demands on the cleaner. In many cases, ergonomics and sustainability go hand-in-hand to produce better working conditions and lowered worker compensation insurance costs.
#3 Employees are more efficient and more effective.
Your staff works more productively using formulations that have fewer unpleasant side-effects and equipment that is less demanding to control. They complete more work with less fatigue, illness and fewer compensation days. Ultimately, this reduces overall payroll.
#4 Water is saved.
Many processes PUR-O-ZONE recommends and educates custodians to perform require less water, which has important benefits to the bottom line:
- Moisture is a time-intensive component in cleaning. Waiting for cleaned carpets, hard flooring, upholstery and surfaces to dry slows down labor and places a drag on productivity. Labor represents 95% of most cleaning budgets.
- Moisture can lead to additional cleaning and restoration required. When moisture leads to mildew or damage to surfaces either being cleaned or nearby, the cost of cleaning can increase greatly. So low- and no-moisture processes are a good investment, even if they add cost on the supply side.
- Water is on its way to becoming a much more expensive resource. While 20th Century generations came to think of clean water as a relatively "cheap" commodity, those times are rapidly approaching a close in the early 21st Century. Scarcity of municipal potable and agricultural-use water will lead to significantly increased future costs. Learning to do with less today will pay big dividends tomorrow.
#5 Improves imagery and is good for business.
Your organization, institution or business is more likely to be seen as sensitive to green issues if you use and promote more sustainable methods in your built environment. A June 18, 2014 Neilson study says North Americans view sustainability so positively that 42 percent are willing to pay more for products and services from companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact. If you sell globally, that commitment increases to 55%.
#6 It is the right thing to do.
The long-term costs of harm to the environment we live in are, in the final analysis, incalculable. Much of what we lose to environmental degradation cannot be replaced. Each business, governmental body, church and institution owe it to current and future generations to attempt to tread more lightly in this unique planet upon which we live.
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