Green Seal, a non-profit environmental certification organization, has released a list of green and sustainable resolutions for 2013. We’ve added a few of our own, to make a list of things that everyone can do to work toward more sustainable and healthy cleaning:
Use rechargeable batteries instead of conventional ones. They save money and help the environment by reducing waste.
Use cold water to clean when possible (from washing clothes to cleaning carpets).
Select products that meet well-established health and safety criteria of recognized third-party certification programs (Green Seal, Eco-Logo, etc.).
Reduce water consumption.
Unplug energy-wasting appliances and electronics when not in use.
Repair things that are broken, don’t buy something new.
Donate or recycle old electronics.
Do not use ammonia-based window cleaners; instead you can try mixing 4 tbsp. lemon juice with half a gallon (8 cups) of water.
Use a solution of 1 cup vinegar and 1 gallon of warm water to mop floors.
Recycle – it’s a classic tip, but it’s still important!
Don’t use air fresheners, as many contain phthalates (hormone-disrupting chemicals).
Sunshine has one objective when it comes to green cleaning: to enhance environmental health and workplace safety. We use only the best-in-class green cleaners, to make every building under our care healthier and more environmentally friendly.
>>Our commitment to green cleaning products, strategies, and practices is outlinedhere.