We don’t just clean buildings for aesthetic reasons. We clean buildings to protect human health. How can anyone claim to be protecting human health if they are using chemicals known to be hazardous? Safe products are commercially available at little to no additional cost. They work just as effectively as the other products. Why would anyone use anything else?”
- Scot Case, formerly with UL Environment, EcoLogo Program
According to the Western Sustainability & Pollution Prevention Network, nearly one-third of all janitorial cleaning products have ingredients that can cause harm. The highest risk cleaning products are associated with cancer, reproductive disorders, poisonous ingredients, skin and eye irritation, or respiratory ailments. These products, when used, can also pollute local water resources, harming fish, plants and wildlife.
Janitorial cleaning products with reduced health, safety, and environmental impacts are readily available and have been successfully used around the country in both public and private settings. Many facility managers view switching to “green” cleaning products as a necessity to reduce worker complaints, health and safety issues, and their associated costs.
This guide is intended to provide strategies and resources to help government agencies, schools, businesses and other organizations make the transition to environmentally preferrable cleaning products for the health of both their people and the planet.