Commercial cleaning and sustainability are two phrases frequently uttered together these days. Companies are having to take more and more responsibility for the environment and its preservation for future generations. The cleaning industry is not exempt from responsibility, which is why commercial cleaning and sustainability have become hot topics over the past few years.
Clients are demanding more sustainable practices from their commercial cleaning providers to ensure that they are wasting less, reusing more and reducing pollution. Commercial cleaning and sustainability not just about using less toxic chemicals or reusable cleaning materials. It also includes recycling and reducing a business’ carbon footprint and reducing water consumption.
Life Cycle Analysis
Facilities Managers have to think about products & process, waste management and the life cycle of cleaning. Commercial cleaning and sustainability is therefore a primary consideration when looking at the entire cleaning process from start to finish. This includes reviewing the products being used, how they are packaged and transported and how they will be recycled.
The best way to make a an informed decision about purchasing ecological cleaning products is to carry out a life cycle analysis. This analysis evaluates the environmental impact of a product’s life cycle and takes into account the raw materials used, packaging, energy and water consumption at all stages of the manufacture and use of a product.
An important factor for commercial cleaning and sustainability is the amount of energy consumed while performing the service. Lighting accounts for on about 16% of the UK’s total energy usage. Commercial properties account for 43% of this usage and is one of the reasons why commercial buildings have such a large carbon footprint. Implementing steps to reduce energy usage at these buildings is key in helping to reduce that footprint and save costs.
Recycling is the most obvious component in the context of commercial cleaning and sustainability. Every EU citizen produces approximately 520kg of waste each year. Therefore, it is important to set up sufficient waste management systems to ensure that individuals and occupants of business premises are encouraged to recycle the waste that they create.
Commercial cleaning and sustainability also extends to the staff who are carrying out the cleaning. Recruiting staff who live within close proximity of the commercial premises they clean reduces both carbon emissions and associated travel costs.
Often staff will only work a few hours at a time, meaning constant travel between work and home. Compressing their working hours into one or two days instead of being spread over a week will help with reducing the amount of travel, manage their time better and even consider taking on more work or a second job.
Cleaning is an essential element of business operations. Making commercial cleaning and sustainability central to a company’s environmental & sustainability policy is a crucial step in the right direction to reducing its environmental impact and leaving an eco-friendly legacy for future generations.
If you have any questions about commercial cleaning and sustainability, give the team at The Organised Cleaning Company a call on 020 74584433 and they’d be happy to help!