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Ashkin Group announces 2014 plans

January 28, 2014
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Ashkin Group Announces Plans for 2014   

BLOOMINGTON, IN — Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group and recognized as the "father of green cleaning," announces that his writings as well as much of the consulting work provided by his company in 2014 will focus on three key areas, all of which affect the professional cleaning and building industries.
Those three areas are:   

  1. Paper
  2. Plastic
  3. No-chemical or less cleaning.

"The issue with paper, specifically sanitary paper products, is that while recycling has proved successful, recycling alone will not meet the world's paper needs in the 21st century," says Ashkin. "We need to start discussing this issue and explore other strategies."
As for plastic can liners, the Environmental Protection Agencies Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines requires only 10 percent post-consumer recycled content.

But are there other attributes that matter?

Does it matter if the bag is too large for the container, thicker than necessary, or so thin that it requires double-bagging as not to rip or leak?  These common practices waste resources and money.
His third area of focus in 2014 is advocating the use of cleaning methods that require little or no chemical such as electrolyzed  cleaning systems. According to Ashkin, these devices appear to be effective in many situations, safe, Green, and increasingly a cost-effective way to perform a number of cleaning tasks.
"This technology has existed for more than 40 years, and we know it can be used for cleaning surfaces," says Ashkin. "The big change is that these systems are becoming easier to use and more cost effective. That should increase their chances of being viewed as viable Green Cleaning alternatives in the near future."
While these three topics will be Ashkin's primary areas of interest in 2014, he adds that Green Cleaning will still be a central theme in his writings and his company's focus.
"Green Cleaning is ever evolving, and we need to keep educating people about these changes and how our end customers can operate their facilities in a Greener and more sustainable manner."

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Steve Ashkin is available for interviews, presentations, and commentary on Green Cleaning-related issues, sustainable buildings, industry trends, and facility management. He may be reached by calling (812) 332-7950.
About Stephen Ashkin and The Ashkin Group
Stephen P. Ashkin is president of The Ashkin Group, a consulting firm specializing in Greening the cleaning industry, and CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools, which offers a cloud-based dashboard that allows organizations to measure, report and improve their sustainability efforts. He is also
coauthor of both The Business of Green Cleaning and Green Cleaning for Dummies.     
Ashkin has worked in the cleaning industry since 1981 and has held senior management positions in leading consumer and commercial product companies. He began his work on Green Cleaning in 1990 and today is thought of as the "father of Green cleaning". For more information, visit

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