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"When sustainability is viewed as
being a matter of survival for your
business, I believe you can create
-- Cameron Sinclair
It is no secret that sustainability and green cleaning are constant 'buzz words' in business,
and not just within the cleaning industry; it's across the board. However, our industry is
speciﬁcally targeted for the use of cleaning chemicals that affect indoor air quality, as well
as water and energy usage.
However, the term ‘green cleaning’ isn’t an innovative concept; it is now an everyday
term used within the cleaning industry – in fact, many of today’s tenders include a
sustainability or green cleaning aspect to which contractors must prove they can adhere.
And as our planet’s resources are not inﬁnite, it’s only going to increase.
So if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon, or at least looked into the matter, you
probably should. Some may say the ‘threat’ that sustainability can dictate the survival or
demise of your business is an inﬂated exaggeration, but all you have to do is look at the world
around you. It’s changing, and our industry – and your business – needs to change with it.
The biggest barrier for BSCs or facility managers, as stated by Bridget Gardner (page
22), is when the investment in a sustainable green cleaning program fails. But this can be
avoided by implementing the correct products and systems that are reinforced with the
appropriate training. Once again, it seems training and education – or lack of it – is at the
core of our industry’s problems.
From an outsiders view, I see green cleaning as black and white. There doesn’t seem
to be a grey area where you can dabble with microﬁbre, and yet not have an adequate
laundering system to enable your cleaners to utilise the true sustainable beneﬁts of the
product. It requires full commitment because it is just that – an investment – of which the
return will be self-evident over time.
So, are you in or out? It seems the answer has already been decided for you; as green
cleaning is the starting point for a sustainable future for the success of the cleaning
industry and the planet.
Perhaps implementing a sustainable operations model within your business is a good
place to start? Imbue your business and its people with a sustainable culture, which in turn
will make dealing with clients’ demands for green services, systems and products a much
November/December INCLEAN magazine
Focuses: • Retail • Hospitality
Cleaning retail sites is a demanding job for BSCs, in particular hard floor and
washroom maintenance, and the hygienic cleaning of food service areas.
INCLEAN re-visits the important responsibility of floor slip testing as well as
the vital role of cleaning in maintaining food hygiene -- and the repercussions
if it's not done properly. In addition, we cover the litigious issues involved with
compensation claims against cleaning contractors.
We also look at the latest technologies, systems and processes utilised by hotel
cleaning staff in the executive housekeepers' realm.
Published: 5th November
Editorial deadline: 18th September
Advertising booking deadline: 1st October
Advertising material deadline: 9th October
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