How Green, Sustainable Practices Benefit the JanSan Industry

The green trend of the past few years has actually proven to be a smart move for the JanSan industry. According to Steven Ashkin at DestinationGreen.com:

“If being Greener and more sustainable in today’s economy can help a cleaning contractor, jansan distributor, manufacturer, or other entity cut costs, improve worker productivity, and enhance overall operating efficiency, then most will believe it is worth investigating. Fortunately, we are now learning that operating in a Greener more sustainable manner can generate these savings and benefits.”

What was initially perceived in the industry as a trend has now become a standard business practice. From saving fuel by adjusting delivery routes to changing what they use to clean with, businesses are finding it to be more cost-effective to use green/sustainable methods.

Ashkin goes on to explain how companies can join the movement, stating that “one of the first ways jansan manufacturers, distributors, and contract cleaners can do their part to be sustainable is to find a way to measure the amounts of energy, water, and resources they use to run their businesses. This provides an initial benchmark, and many companies now use online “dashboard” computer systems to collect and analyze this information.”

There are many dashboard systems on the market to choose from, and many businesses are now using them as a guide to greener practices. By knowing where they stand, they have a better idea of how to get where they want to be in terms of sustainability.

Ashkin also offers these useful tips for cleaning contractors:

  • Use Green Cleaning chemicals. These are made of renewable resources and are packaged in recycled and recyclable materials.
  • Develop fair and equitable employment practices. These practices, along with proper training, are the “people” component of sustainablity mentioned earlier. A benefit to contractors is that they help reduce turnover and absenteeism, resulting in a major cost savings.
  • Process all product orders and requests using online services to reduce the need for paper.
  • Update cleaning equipment. Newer equipment is usually more energy and water efficient than are older machines.
  • Employ more interim cleaning methods. This applies mostly to floor and carpet care; properly performed, interim cleaning methods can reduce frequency of floor refinishing/carpet restoration, which helps save energy, water, and chemical.
  • Use low-flow equipment. Many extractors and some floor machines are designed with more advanced low-flow technologies that use less water and chemical compared to older machines.
  • Properly maintain cleaning equipment.
  • Incorporate some type of reporting/measuring system to analyze Green and sustainable business operations. It is true: we cannot manage what we cannot measure.

At RJ Schinner, several of our vendors offer a variety of Green products. This includes utilizing materials found naturally, and replacing traditional plastics, chemicals, and other non-biodegradable products with plant-based materials with a lower environmental impact. For many of our vendors, being green is not just a marketing tool, but a source of pride and a badge of sustainability in an evolving landscape.

For more information on how the industry will benefit from going green, click here to read the entire article.

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