Why green cleaning makes business senseApril 28th, 2015 Category: Commercial
A growing number of British firms are starting to recognise the importance of sustainability.
This has been reflected in almost every aspect of commercial operations, such as IT, energy, and product development.
However, one forgotten area for many firms, when it comes to the environment, is cleaning.
This is because a number of organisations fail to understand the commercial advantages of green cleaning.
However, the fact is that taking an eco-friendly approach to the maintenance of your organisation can contribute to a happier, healthier working environment, and ultimately a much healthier bottom line.
We explain some of the main benefits of green cleaning below.
Healthier work environment
Selecting a cleaning company that places a high value on sustainability limits the number of chemicals and substances that your colleagues and staff members will be exposed to.
Ultimately, it means that you are less likely to be inhaling some of the harsher cleaners lingering in the air.
Previous studies have associated the high incidents of asthma and other respiratory problems to common industrial cleaners.
Nowadays a growing number of consumers are starting to become concerned about their impact on the environment and as a result, are selecting companies that share their concerns.
The more that your organisation can do to limit waste and boost sustainability, the more it is likely to be trusted by clients.
Taking a holistic green-centred approach to the everyday maintenance and upkeep of your business is not only good for the environment, it also boosts your green credentials and ultimately your bottom line as well.
There is nothing more unpleasant than coming into work in the morning only to be greeted by the strong stench of chemical odours and industrial products.
The truth is that we still know relatively little about the impact this is having on the air quality within buildings.
However, last month, a study published by the European Respiratory Journal identified the most common pollutants that had a negative impact on air quality within a building.
What it found was that airbourne toxins from cleaning products, disinfectants, furniture and building materials, had a serious impact on human health and air quality.
Well-functioning and robust ventilation systems are needed to help to improve the quality of air – however even these did not always prove to be reliable.
While it is impossible to avoid certain substances and chemicals all the time, what is clear is that the exposure to many of these toxins can be substantially reduced by adopting more eco-friendly practices.
Health and safety
Ultimately, reducing the amount of harsh chemicals will also help to promote greater safety within a building and reduce the chances of occupants developing associated allergies or health conditions.
It is apparent therefore that sustainable cleaning has very clear benefits, for both businesses and those who work within them.
In addition to boosting the green credentials of an organisation, it also helps to promote a happier healthier workforce who are less likely to fall sick as a result.
Although no hard and fast figures exist to demonstrate whether sustainable cleaning can help to reduce absence rates or boost productivity for example, it can only be beneficial, particularly when previous studies have already highlighted the health problems associated with poor air quality caused by toxic cleaning products and other chemicals.
Of course, most businesses do not have an in-house team responsible for cleaning, but one way in which they can ensure that sustainability remains at the heart of it is to select a firm, such as Nviro, which places a very high priority on environmentally-friendly cleaning standards.