Apart from the more obvious environmental benefits of adopting an eco-friendly cleaning regime, sustainable services can provide a number of other advantages to your organisation as a whole, including reduced expenditure, improvements to staff wellbeing and brand value. These objectives will provide some useful guidance which will help you to increase the sustainability of your cleaning services systems.
- Reduce your transport requirements
It is commonly understood that transporting goods and services has a huge impact upon an organisation’s carbon footprint. A number of variables can be addressed in order to minimise your transport requirements including where you source your products, quantity per carton, and product concentrations.
- Choose the right products
It’s essential that you choose products that are designed for sustainability as well as safety. Make sure you work with suppliers that responsibly manage their manufacturing impacts. Try to favour more concentrated products, where applicable, as you will need less of the product per use. Using innovative chemical-free cleaning products like microfiber technology clothes can help reduce the health impact on both cleaning service workers and other building occupants.
- Streamline your operations
Make sure you service your cleaning equipment regularly, particularly critical items such as dosing pumps for automated machines to ensure the right amounts of the products are dispensed. Provide environmental awareness training for your employees so they are educated on how to reduce their environmental impact. Ensure your staff are following one set of procedures to maximise task efficiency.
- Limit your electricity consumption
Ensure your staff are trained properly to minimise the amount of electricity they need to use when completing cleaning tasks, and make sure electrical resources are only used when truly necessary and cost-effective. If you can, try to provide your cleaning services during daylight hours, as this will mean that the heating and lighting can be switched off overnight.
- Minimise your wider environmental impacts
It’s important that you try to reduce your overall energy consumption, to preserve the world’s natural resources, reduce emissions, and minimise pollution. Try to use environmentally friendly products, lessening the impact on water pollution in rivers and seas. Non-biodegradable chemicals take a long time to break down (if at all); this can cause further harm to wildlife and can eventually get into the human food chain. Try to source recyclable products with zero-to-landfill waste.
With these key objectives in mind, switching your organisation’s cleaning services to a more sustainable system needn’t be a daunting or vexing task. Use these points as a starting platform from which to guide your transition towards a more sustainable cleaning regime, and reap the rewards in the long term.