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Sustainable Cleaning at the 3M Carlton Science Center

Many of our customers want to reduce waste and overall, be more sustainable. Our cleaning programs and systems are developed with that principle in mind. But when we visited the 3M Carlton Science Center in Minnesota, we realized that the possibilities are endless. There is a lot that we can do to incorporate new methods that will improve our systems tremendously.

 

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How to Reduce Waste at Your Company's Facility

On Monday, people around the world celebrated Earth Day, a day that honors environmental protection. The state of our environment has become a major concern on everyone's mind in recent years. So much so that many are creating innovative ways to dispose of waste, reuse recyclable materials and lessen their carbon footprint.

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Four Reasons Green Cleaning is a Laggard

When the concept of green cleaning was first introduced we had not even seen the first hybrid vehicle. There were no Prius or plug-in electric vehicles of any kind. Very few communities had individual trash cans to separate waste. Green cleaning was outside the box. Now green cleaning is a powerful marketing tool cemented in deception and ignorance.

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Certification Requirements for Commercial Green Cleaning Products

Green cleaning - we’ve all heard the term but what does it really mean? What is the process for a product to be certified as "green"? I've wondered about this so I took some time out to do a little research and, boy, was I surprised. What I found is that there are three main players involved in green product certification: Green Seal, the EPA’s Designed for the Environment (DfE) program and the Canadian governments offspring EcoLogo.  All three agencies certify green cleaning products but each goes about it a little differently.

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Greening Cleaning: Lowering Exposure to Chemicals to Improve Health

Our world has become complex beyond our wildest imagination. Only a hundred and fifty years ago, most Americans were farming and working to produce what they needed for everyday survival. Fast forward less than two short centuries and everything has changed. The vast majority of people are far removed from the ingredients and methods that go into producing the items they use on a daily basis: food, personal care products, cleaning agents, you name it. This ignorance has become particularly worrisome when it comes to the increasing quantities of toxins people are exposed to on a daily basis and the rise in the occurrences of serious illnesses, such as cancer.

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