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Green Cleaning

Many people talk about it, but may not know what green cleaning actually is and how to transform their businesses to conform. Green cleaning is defined as "using cleaning methods with environmentally-friendly ingredients and chemicals to preserve human health and environmental quality."

Green cleaning is a comprehensive approach to cleaning that is a function of a number of different things, but primarily related to ingredients (what) and processes and equipment (how). As an example, green cleaning chemicals are made from more environmentally-friendly ingredients, yet perform equally as well. Paper products are made from recycled materials and are usually cheaper in price than virgin materials. Trash liners are made from recycled plastics and many are made to biodegrade in a landfill to save landfill space. Many cities are beginning to ban foam containers and cups. Best Buy Chemical has environmentally approved equivalents in all areas.

The goal is to move in an environmentally friendly direction to protect both people and the environment. Best Buy Chemical offers a wide variety of green products to assist you in achieving this goal.

Many consumers want to support businesses that have "gone green." This is yet another way to separate yourself from your competitors and it doesn't need to cost more. It's the perfect time to transform your organization to go "green" in at least some aspect. We can help you.

Green Cleaning Guidelines

A number of third-party organizations, both non-profit and government, are responsible for setting the most widely accepted green guidelines. When appropriate, products and vendors can carry seals and certifications from these organizations.

 

Green Seal The Original Green Seal Of Approval since 1989 is an independent nonprofit with over 20 years experience in certifying products and services that are greener and healthier. Green Seal standards provide criteria and guidelines for manufacturers, service providers, and companies to work toward sustainability and Green Seal certification. Green Seal has 31 issued standards that cover over 180 product and service categories.
   

   
EcoLogo Founded in 1988 by the Government of Canada, but now recognized worldwide, EcoLogoTM is North America's largest, most respected environmental standard and certification mark. EcoLogo provides customers – public, corporate and consumer – with assurance that the products and services bearing the logo meet stringent standards of environmental leadership. With THOUSANDS of EcoLogo Certified products, EcoLogo certifies environmental leaders covering a large variety of categories, helping you find and trust the world's most sustainable products. The EcoLogo Program is one of two such programs in North America that has been successfully audited by the Global EcoLabelling Network (GEN) as meeting ISO 14024 standards for eco-labeling.
   

   
Green Guard The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute aims to protect human health and improve quality of life by enhancing indoor air quality and reducing people's exposure to chemicals and other pollutants. GREENGUARD Certification is broadly recognized and accepted by sustainable building programs and building codes worldwide.
   

   
Carpet and Rug Institute Today, indoor air quality (IAQ) is an important environmental consideration, especially since we spend approximately 90 percent of our time indoors. In 1992, the Carpet and Rug Institute launched its Green Label program to test carpet, cushions and adhesives to help specifiers identify products with very low emissions of VOCs. CRI has recently launched its next series of improvements called Green Label Plus for carpet and adhesives.
   

   
EPA Seal United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (www.epa.gov/cpg) The Comprehensive Procurement Guideline (CPG) program is part of EPA's continuing effort to promote the use of materials recovered from solid waste. Buying recycled-content products ensures that the materials collected in recycling programs will be used again in the manufacture of new products. The Comprehensive Procurement Guideline (CPG) program is part of EPA's continuing effort to promote the use of materials recovered from solid waste. Buying recycled-content products ensures that the materials collected in recycling programs will be used again in the manufacture of new products.
   

   
Design for the Environment EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) works in partnership with industry, environmental groups, and academia to reduce risk to people and the environment by finding ways to prevent pollution.
   

   
US Green Building Council The US Green Building Council is a non-profit community of leaders working to make cost and energy efficient (green) buildings available to everyone within a generation.
   

   
LEED The US Green Building Council developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System which provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
   

   
Scientific Certification Systems Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) is a global leader in independent certification and verification of environmental, sustainability, stewardship, food quality, food safety and food purity claims.
   

   
Practice Greenhealth Practice Greenhealth is the nation's leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices.
   

   
Healthy Schools Campaign The Healthy Schools Campaign mission is to advocate for policies and practices that allow all students, teachers and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment.
   

   
Forest Stewardship Council The Forest Stewardship Council standards represent the world's strongest system for guiding forest management toward sustainable outcomes.