As concerns about the global climate accelerate, more and more businesses are seeking ways to minimize their negative impact on the environment. Establishing a green commercial cleaning program is one way to work toward this goal. Still, some companies might be skeptical about the efficacy and cost of going green in this way. As it turns out, though, switching to green cleaning products and methods may benefit your bottom line rather than harm it. Let’s go over some of the key benefits of implementing and maintaining a green cleaning program.
Virtually all industries directly or indirectly produce greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere and contribute to environmental changes. Curtailing these adverse effects requires a joint effort by industries and nations to seek more energy-efficient ways to operate. Green cleaning is a small piece of this puzzle, but switching to greener products can make a difference over time, especially as more businesses adopt these programs. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), cleaning products that are biodegradable, low in toxicity and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), reduced packaging, etc., can minimize water and air pollution, reduce packaging waste, and decrease the amount of energy it takes to transport these products. All in all, these benefits amount to a smaller carbon footprint, helping you do your part to protect the environment.
Businesses might shrink away from green cleaning products if they happen to cost more than standard cleaning items. While some green products do cost more than your standard fare, going green in this way can actually save your business money in the long run. For one thing, the decreased toxicity of these products lowers the risk of workplace injury and liability costs. Also, some of these products are more efficient than their non-green counterparts -- when you save time, you save money. The reduced energy output required to manufacture and transport these products also translates to cost savings for the buyer. And lastly, purchasing green cleaners can reduce costs associated with proper disposal (i.e. green waste removal). So, even if a green cleaning program costs you more in the short term, it can yield a positive return on your investment.
Employee safety is any business’s top priority, and going green with your cleaning protocols helps keep your people safe. Green cleaning products pose virtually no threat to your janitorial services, cleaning staff, landscape workers, building occupants, and so on. Additionally, these products help improve the air quality inside your facility. Conversely, toxic cleaning products can burn skin, irritate eyes, cause sickness when ingested, reduce indoor air quality, and more.
When your people are healthy and safe, they’ll be happier and work harder. By turning your traditional office cleaning services into green office cleaning services, your workforce will likely take fewer sick days and work more efficiently, in part thanks to the increased efficacy of green cleaning products. Many employees also enjoy knowing that their work benefits the business and the surrounding environment.
Going green is also good for your brand reputation. Simply put, the world is moving toward more sustainable, environmentally-conscious practices. Businesses that aren’t on board with this positive shift may get left behind or, at the very least, struggle to save face as they cling to old ways. Conversely, when your customers and partners take notice of your green janitorial services, they will think even more highly of you and perhaps make efforts to improve their environmental efforts as well.
How Can The Budd Group’s Green Cleaning Services Benefit Your Business?
The Budd Group is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). As such, we are dedicated to managing both our business and your facilities in an environmentally-responsible manner. Let us help you reduce your impact on the environment through our family of green programs, which exceed LEED standards and meet CIMS-GB standards. We also provide environmentally-friendly solutions for customers who are currently pursuing LEED certification to help them reach compliance.
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