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Green: The Mindset Of Choice

September 19, 2010

The green and sustainable movements continue to gain popularity as they slowly saturate the commercial cleaning market.

Unless you have been trapped underneath a rock for the past several years or recently decided that being a hermit with no access to print or digital media is no longer your milieu, you likely have heard a barrage of green and sustainable rhetoric.

Given the vast amount of verifiable information available at the click of a mouse or by listening to or reading the content of any reputable news organization, it is surprising that some facilities and businesses either refuse to adopt sustainable initiatives or lack the information needed to go green.

If your company or organization is one of the anti-greeners, this month''s cover story, "Making The Case For Green Cleaning," which begins on page 14, offers some insight on how to combat sustainable naysayers.

While the misconceptions about green cleaning are aging and quickly losing validity — if they were ever truly legitimate to begin with — they are still held by a dwindling number of individuals who refuse to view sustainability through a cosmopolitan lens.

According to research performed by the Claire Manufacturing Company, last year, 64 percent of U.S. government buyers were subject to a green purchasing policy of some kind.

Likewise, 57 percent of U.S. companies have either a formal or an informal green purchasing policy in place.

While these numbers are encouraging and will undoubtedly continue to rise, there is a lot of room for improvement in terms of getting the entire cleaning industry to make that turn to — or at least veer in the direction of — the sustainable road.

An all-encompassing greening of the cleaning industry — if the thought is possible or even feasible — will not happen overnight.

Moreover, the ideals of the green and sustainable movements will not gain additional traction unless we all continue to push for environmental preferedness on all fronts.

Kudos to all of you who have made the switch to less caustic cleaning chemicals, recycled paper goods and other sustainable business practices.

To those who have not seen the compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb shine: You have some work to do.

Luckily, the information is out there and the resources are ready and waiting to be tapped.

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