Many cleaning products present themselves as ecologically safe, selling in bulk to large organisations. However, not all products are as comprehensively eco-friendly as we are lead to believe.
Here at Arrow County, we want to show you what it truly means to go green and the benefits to your staff when you do.
Safe for the Environment and Safe for You?
Organisations use products labelled as eco-friendly sometimes unaware that these products possess some of the same harmful chemicals that are in non-eco-friendly products. Frequent usage, and exposure of such chemicals without personal protective equipment (PPE) can carry health risks over a long period.
True sustainability requires manufacturers to take into consideration the complete production cycle, as well as the products’ ingredients. By considering each stage of production carefully, producers can minimise negative impacts on the environment and risks to those coming into regular contact with these cleaning products.
A significant number of eco-friendly labelled cleaner solution producers, have not considered the impacts that their products have on human wellbeing any more than products not marketed as sustainable. However sincere eco-friendly products are not harmful and protect those using them frequently.
Additionally, over the years, green products have sometimes gained a misplaced understanding that “eco-friendly” means expensive, and less effective. These concepts have become difficult to dismiss making it challenging to buy into going eco-friendly.
So, Should You Go Green?
There are products that meet environmental standards to a high degree in a holistic sense. These products conform to higher industry green standards such as the “Cradle to Cradle” standard which is a great way to look out for genuine green and authentically sustainable products. These products do measure and reduce risks to staff exposure over the long term. Ultimately, going green can be cost appropriate and effective for your organisation.
Understanding the differences in varying eco-friendly standards is a must to making sure you protect the environment and your staff.
We will be highlighting these differences between these emerging industry standards in a future blog in a few weeks’ time.