There has been a steady rise in public concern about the environment with many organisations moving to eco friendly cleaning products, but do they deliver spotless cleaning results?
In 2014, the Guardian reported that Eco-friendly cleaning is trending in the commercial sector and this has proved to be the case with more and more cleaning companies advertising eco-friendly cleaning services 1.
What does eco-friendly really mean? In cleaning products, there are several standards that are claimed to represent true eco-friendly cleaning but these differing endorsements can be confusing and mean very different things in terms of eco standards. Most eco-friendly cleaning solutions contain chemicals, but are still very environmentally friendly as the solutions are made up of natural resources and they address the way the whole product is manufactured, rather than just the solution within.
Cradle to cradle eco-friendly cleaning products
The most rigorous standard for measuring the environmental impact of products is called cradle to cradle.
Quality is defined by five criteria categories:-
Product ingredients are inventoried throughout the supply chain and evaluated for impact on human and environmental health. The criteria at each level build towards the expectation of eliminating all toxic and unidentified chemicals and becoming nutrients for a safe, continuous cycle.
Products are designed either to biodegrade safely as a biological nutrient or to be recycled into new products as a technical nutrient. At each level continued progress must be made towards increasing the recovery of materials and keeping them in continuous cycles.
Renewable Energy and Carbon Management
The criteria at each level build towards the expectation of carbon neutrality and powering all operations with 100% renewable energy.
Processes are designed to regard water as a precious resource for all living things. At each level, progress is made towards cleaning up effluent to drinking water standards.
Social Fairness and Biodiversity
Company operations are designed to celebrate all people and natural systems and progress is made towards having a wholly beneficial impact on the people and the planet.
A true eco-friendly commercial cleaning product
So, what we are looking for is safe, green, powerful, practical, cost effective eco-friendly commercial cleaning products that are as effective as anything we use today. Cradle to cradle ensures these products exist and are readily available today such as the Quick and Easy range of eco-friendly cleaning solutions. Quick & Easy, complies to the new standard of environmental sustainability – Cradle to Cradle certification. All of Quick & Easy’s ingredients are safe for people and nature, containing ingredients from plant origin with proven high biodegradability and manufactured with 100% renewable energy.
The products are proven to be just as powerful as any traditional chemical cleaners.