BLOOMINGTON, IN — Cleaning professionals across the industry are looking for ways to make their businesses more sustainable, and with the following tips, they can, according to a press release
Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group LLC
and Sustainable Tools LLC
, offers some initial first steps that "are as easy and practical to implement as they are environmentally responsible and cost-effective," the release stated.
Among Ashkin''s suggestions are: Reusing packing material and cardboard boxes; making use of double-sided printing whenever possible; using green-certified cleaning products; going digital when it comes to bill payments, vendor ordering, invoicing, banking and any other paperwork in order to become as paperless as possible; and becoming focused on sustainability
, the release noted.
According to the release, adjusting thermostats so that heating and cooling machinery run only when areas are actually being used, purchasing energy efficient equipment and establishing a route-planning schedule are all other first steps toward sustainability.
Ashkin said: "This information helps businesses become aware — often for the first time — of their impact on the environment. Then they can look for and implement more environmentally sustainable business policies and practices, which almost always result in a cost savings as well."
Becoming focused on sustainability may actually be the most important of Ashkin''s suggestions, and doing so typically requires employing technologies that collect data about a facility''s energy and resource use and carbon footprint, the release added.