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Serving Up Green

July 29, 2011
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Sustainability might have started out as a catchphrase for the practice of doing things that were advantageous to the environment, but with time, it has become something much more.

Gone are the days when companies, products and services can simply attempt to be considered green and sustainable.

Consumers demand the best from each service provider, and that best is no longer held to the cleaning products that are used in a building.

Consumers are moving towards sustainability in all aspects of their facilities.

As a result, service providers that are able to identify the sustainability needs of the companies they serve can see an increase in that all-important bottom line.

Not to mention the impact each service provider could have on the environment.

It’s true what they say: Every little bit counts.

Changing For Green’s Sake

Many service providers look forward to a day when phrases such as green and sustainable become the norm and not just buzzwords.

“Producing green and sustainable products is becoming a good business practice that we and other companies are finding to be very profitable for our operations and our customers,” said John Kalafut, vice president of sales for Carlisle Sanitary Maintenance Products.

“Over the last two years, we have launched hundreds of products that are either directly sustainable themselves or help support sustainability programs.”

Oftentimes, facilities want to become green or sustainable but don’t know where to start.

Service providers that can offer clients a multitude of sustainable options are likely to be seen as knowing what sustainability really is and how to implement green practices throughout a facility.

Service providers like Carlisle FoodService Products are known for their comprehensive suite of high-quality solutions for the foodservice, health care, hospitality, education, correctional and sanitation markets.

Rather than focus on one market in particular, Carlisle is able to be a one-stop shop for their consumers by providing a wide variety of products, each of which help a facility become green or maintain their sustainable goals.

The days of being “in or out” of the sustainable game are over.

“Best practices in planning, building, operations, manufacturing, distribution and packaging are all designed to help conserve — and preserve — our valuable resources and to help our customers do the same,” Kalafut expanded.

Facilities of all shapes and sizes are looking for well-rounded programs that will help them to first achieve such sustainable and green standards such as ISSA’s Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) or the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications.

It’s not necessarily something facilities can handle on their own, simply because being sustainable encompasses so much more than it did even five years ago.

“It makes good business sense because there is a beneficial return on investment that can no longer be ignored,” said Kalafut. “Today, our customers are looking for products and programs that limit the impact on our environment.”

Be the service provider that can offer the most to facilities and clients won’t have the need to look elsewhere for each individual component of their sustainable goals.

Get ahead of the game.

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