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“Going Green” doesn't have to be a difficult task that means sweeping life changes.  Simple things can make a difference.  What is Arizona Cleaning doing to minimize the impact on the environment and what can I do to help?

The biggest task for Arizona Cleaning is to bring the healthiest and best quality cleaning services inside your home to create a healthy environment where you can breathe cleaner air. For that you need to know the following:

  1. What is a Green Cleaning Product?
    A sustainable cleaning product is one that performs and has a reduced effect on environmental and human health when compared with competing cleaning products that serve the same purpose.

  2. What is EPA DFE?
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment (DfE) program seeks to promote the use of institutional cleaners and maintenance products with improved environmental and human health characteristics.

  3. Cleaning product that Work Effectively without Ingredients That Are:

    Harmful to humans such as:

    • Carcinogens
    • Nervous System Toxins
    • Endocrine Disrupters
    • Reproductive Toxins

    Harmful to the environment, such as:
    • Phosphates
    • Petroleum Distillates
    • Heavy Metals
    • Aquatic Toxins

And then you ask what Arizona Cleaning is doing to help just read the following to find out:

 

Transportation, travel and scheduling to reduce carbon emissions and conserve gasoline:

  • Most estimates of services are done over the phone opposed to in home estimates
  • Schedules are done according to zones and every customer is reminded for their cleaning service one day before the service date to avoid last minute cancellations, lock outs and gas wasted.
  • Promote public transportation and carpooling when possible

Product and equipment:

  • Use of concentrated formulas and economical to use
  • Use of environmentally preferred products that performs and has a reduced effect on environmental and human health when compared with competing cleaning products that serve the same purpose. Products that are strict adherence to regulatory requirements - EPA, OSHA, and industry standards.
  • Use of cleaning solutions that are cold water effective or energy saving, these cleaning solutions are formulated to operate effectively with cold water instead warm water.
  • Rinse and properly of used/expended solutions and containers according to the ecological and disposal considerations described on the MSDS sheets of every product.
  • We use HEPA vacuums that capture 99% of particles and pollutants you breathe.
  • We prefer reusable buckets and  reusable spray bottles and properly labeled to meet OSHA regulations

Training of employees:

  • Provides thorough training on usage of products and equipment that meet all EPA and OSHA regulation.
  •  Extensive initial training with focus on quality, consistency, proper use of products, equipment, and safety regulations.
  • We offer extensive on going training to keep up quality of service.
  • We put recyclable items in your blue recycle can; we do not bag recyclable items.

At the Office                                                                                  

  • Use of phone for service reminders and follow up
  • Store internal information electronically
  • Print documents only when necessary
  • Offers reusable plates, cups and utensils instead of disposables.
  • Reminders of service to avoid unnecessary traveling

Something comes to your mind and you say to your self:  What can I do to help?

 

The contents of this list might not be new, but they keep repeating. Sometimes it takes a few reminders for things take root at Home, just enjoy the ideas and put them or some of them in practice.

 

AT HOME YOU CAN:

  1. Unplug vampire appliances
    A surprisingly large number of electrical products — from air conditioners to VCR's — cannot be switched off completely without being unplugged. These products draw power 24 hours a day. Standby power, also called vampire power, refers to the electric power consumed by these appliances while they are switched off or in a standby mode. According to a Cornell University energy expert, these so-called vampire appliances cost consumers an estimated $3 billion a year — or about $200 per household. Worldwide, standby power consumes an average of 7 percent of a home’s total electricity bill. Invest in a few smart power strips.

  2. Dress for the occasion
    Depending on the climate you live in, up to 80% of your bill may be to pay for heating and cooling costs: match your clothing to the temperature and not the other way around! Wearing a cozy sweater or long sleeve shirt allows you to lower your homes temperature by a few degrees. Putting more blankets on the bed will keep you warm throughout the night while you are sleeping. Additionally, a smart thermostat automatically keeps you from heating or cooling an empty house by letting the temperature go higher or lower when nobody’s home, for a savings of up to 30%.

  3. Use less water
    First of all, make sure there are no leaks in your house. A dripping faucet or fixture can waste 3 gallons a day…… total pf 1,095 gallons a year. Close your faucets tightly when you’re done using them. Take military showers (that’s when you turn off the water while lathering instead of letting it run). Avoid letting the water run when brushing your teeth.

  4. Generate less waste
    Drink tap water instead of bottled water. Not only is it less expensive, but only half of the billions of bottle of water produced every year get to be recycled. Visit privacyrights.org to find ways to dramatically reduce the amount of junk mail you receive; this will cut down your risk of identify theft.

  5. Recycle Glass:
    Recycled glass reduces related air pollution by 20 percent and related water pollution by 50 percent. If it isn't recycled it can take a million years to decompose.

  6. Hang dry
    Get a clothesline or rack to dry your clothes by the air. Your wardrobe will maintain color and fit, and you'll save money. Your favorite piece of clothing will last longer too.

  7. Use one or less paper napkin
    During an average year, an American uses approximately 2,200 napkins—around six each day. If everyone in the U.S. used one less napkin a day, more than a billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills each year.

  8. Rethink bottled water
    Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, instead taking thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health. The EPA's standards for tap water are more stringent than the FDA's standards for bottled water.

  9. Brush without running
    You've heard this one before, but maybe you still do it. You'll conserve up to five gallons per day if you stop. Daily savings in the U.S. alone could add up to 1.5 billion gallons--more water than folks use in the Big Apple.

  10. Give it away
    Before you throw something away; think about if someone else might need it. You can donate to a charitable organization.

  11. Plastic bags suck
    Each year the U.S. uses 84 billion plastic bags, a significant portion of the 500 billion used worldwide. They are not biodegradable, and are making their way into our oceans, and subsequently, the food chain. Stronger, reusable bags are an inexpensive and readily available option.

  12. Fly with an E-ticket
    The cost of processing a paper ticket is approximately $10, while processing an e-ticket costs only $1. In the near future, e-tickets will be the only option, saving the airline industry $3 billion a year. In addition to financial savings, the sheer amount of paper eliminated by this process is commendable.

  13. Download your software
    Most software comes on a compact disc, and more than thirty billion compact discs of all types are sold annually. That's a huge amount of waste, not to mention the associated packaging. Another bonus to downloading your software is that it's often available for download at a later date when you upgrade to a new computer or are attempting to recover from a crash.

  14. Use rechargeable batteries
    Each year 15 billion batteries produced and sold and most of them are disposable alkaline batteries. Only a fraction of those are recycled. Buy a charger and a few sets of rechargeable batteries. Although it requires an up front investment, it is one that should pay off in no time. And on Christmas morning when all the stores are closed? You'll be fully stocked.

    By some estimates, if all households in the U.S. paid their bills online and received electronic statements instead of paper, we'd save 18.5 million trees every year, 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste.

  15. Stop paper bank statements
    Some banks will pay you a dollar or donate money on your behalf when you cancel the monthly paper statements you get in the mail. If every household took advantage of online bank statements, the money saved could send more than seventeen thousand recent high school graduates to a public university for a year.

AT WORK:

  1. Put your computer to sleep
    A small tweak in your computer’s settings can put it to sleep after it’s been idle for, say, 5 minutes. And of course, once your day’s work is done, turn it off. Same thing for the lights, the last person to leave the office turns off the lights.

  2. Get a glass or bottle
    Get yourself a bottle or glass to use at the water cooler instead of using several plastic cups over the day.

  3. Re-use and recycle
    They actually did this in a bank I used to work in: as a cost-cutting measure, daily reports (that were typically used only for the first couple of hours of the day) were printed on “recycled paper”. Recycled paper was whatever paper that wasn't’t printed on both sides… Other ideas: empty ink cartridges can be refilled; old cell phones can be refurbished instead of thrown out.

  4. Make use of teleconferencing
    Too many executives fly for just one appointment or meeting. With the widespread availability of broadband, teleconferencing has come a long way and the equipment pays for itself on the first use when you consider the cost of having all the participants fly in.

  5. Print documents only when necessary
    Save documents in a digital format that enables you to read them electronically when necessary. You can also send files to your clients in this manner and request documents be sent to you this way. Print only documents that require an action that cannot be done electronically (non-digital signatures or requiring hand-written completion).

  6. Usage of reusable plates, cups and utensils instead of disposables
    In addition to using reusable supplies, wash them without the water running at times it is not needed.