Smarter Business: Greening Advisor

 

Less-toxic cleaning and maintenance products

Almost all commonly used cleaning and maintenance products contain chemicals that can cause serious health effects, including respiratory ailments, skin irritation, neurological disorders, and even cancer.

Consider consulting with your local public health officials and product suppliers to determine the potential hazards of the cleaning and maintenance products your company buys, and inquire about alternatives. Where possible, consider purchasing products that have been certified by Green Seal. Another resource for information on product specifications and contract language is EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Database .

You may also wish to consider phasing out the use of antibacterial soap in restrooms. Antibiotics in soap are unnecessary and may cause more harm than good, helping to create antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the environment.

Product Specifications

Cleaning and maintenance products may contain chemical compounds that can adversely impact the health of employees and building occupants. The following resources contain information to help you find out which cleaning products are right for your business.

Sample Letter to Current Suppliers

Dear _______,

Our company has initiated an effort to improve its environmental performance in all aspects of its operations. Because you are our supplier of cleaning and maintenance products, we would like to meet with you to discuss this objective in more detail. We would also like to discuss ways to cost-effectively switch to products that are less harmful within the next few years.

Many common cleaning and maintenance products contain chemical compounds that are harmful to both public health and the environment. We would like to reduce as much as possible the harmful effects associated with our operations, and we would like to speak with you about less dangerous alternatives to the products that we are currently using.

We look forward to discussing this with you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Additional Resources

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Almost all commonly used cleaning and maintenance products contain chemicals that can cause serious health effects, including respiratory ailments, skin irritation, neurological disorders, and even cancer.
 

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