Our Green Blogger joins us this month to discuss green cleaning products in your life
Window Panes and Dirty Drains: Integrating Non-toxic Chemicals Into Your Cleaning
Would it ever make sense to use mud to clean a bunch of food that fell on a kitchen floor? Did you ever see somebody wash her face and hands with dirt? Did you ever see a carwash that uses grime to clean your car? Hopefully, the answer to all these questions should be “No.” That’s because cleaning items with items that are dirty doesn’t make any sense. But, that is exactly what happens everyday in restaurants, homes, and businesses across the world.
We use chemicals in our daily life that are often toxic, even carcinogenic… in order to “clean” a mess. We are using “dirty” chemicals to “clean” our lives. But, what if we came to the conclusion that just as it doesn’t make sense to wash our faces with dirt… it also doesn’t make sense for us to use “dirty” chemicals to “clean” our restaurants?
If we came to that conclusion, then we’d have to find “clean” alternatives that truly clean without “dirty” health and environmental effects. One of the Green Restaurant Association’s seven environmental categories is Chemical and Pollution Reduction.
It is an important focus for what makes a restaurant on the path towards sustainability. In that category, there are scores of doable environmental steps that can be taken. The following is an example of 6 Green Steps that Certified Green Restaurants® can take to use cleaner and safer chemicals:
|Green General Purpose Cleaners||7.75|
|Green Pest Control||8.25|
|Zero VOC Paints||2.5|
|Unbleached Pastry Bags||1.25|
|Nontoxic warming gel||2.5|
|Green Hand soaps||1.5|
One interesting example is Active ion’s ionator EXP, which literally takes water, adds a small electric charge, and turns that water into general-purpose cleaner and general sanitizer. Reusable bottles, no chemicals being trucked across the country, no bottle to throw away. Another example is Ecologic Solutions, a company based in NYC that provides turnkey green cleaning solutions for restaurants. Another example of a green cleaner is Sanolite’s Bio Floor Cleaner. These cleaning options are being used in real Certified Green Restaurants®, and in addition to them having a much better environmental impact, they also work. See example below of the Chemical and Pollution Reduction Steps of Souplantion and Sweet Tomato’s One Hundred and Twenty 2 Star Certified Green Restaurants®
|Souplantions’s Chemical and Pollution Reduction Steps|
|Green Cleaning Products|
|Green Hand Soap|
|Building Located ¼ Mile from Bus Line|
|Warewashing Products-Reduced Packaging|
|Low Mercury Linear Fluorescent Bulbs|
|Covered Outdoor Lights (Minimize Light Pollution)|
|No HCFC-based refrigerants|
Just as we have Certified Green Restaurants® across the country that are recycling everything and composting everything, making them Near-Zero Waste™ restaurants, it is also possible to eliminate the need for dangerous and toxic chemicals from cleaners, chafing fuel, linen cleaning, dish soap, etc.
It’s being done successfully in many restaurants across the U.S. It can become commonplace in every restaurant.
Courtesy of Michael Oshman, CEO of Green Restaurant Association (GRA)
For more information visit www.dinegreen.com.
About the GRA:
The Green Restaurant Association was founded in 1990. Since the beginning, the GRA has worked to provide convenient and cost-effective tools to help the restaurant industry reduce its harmful impact on the environment. The GRA founded the green restaurant movement and is one of the pioneering founders of the green business movement as well.