Why you should go eco-friendly for a green clean in 2017

These days it’s easy to be eco-friendly.

And although once upon a time being environmentally conscious might have seemed like a tree-hugging fad, it’s now regarded an important social responsibility for individuals and businesses alike (as well as providing a nice marketable feature for forward-thinking companies).

But, okay, you already recycle at home. Maybe you’ve gone vegetarian a few days a week. Perhaps you even compost your food waste instead of binning it normally.

Chances are you’re already doing your bit. So why should you care about how your property gets cleaned, as long as it gets cleaned?

Why eco-friendly, ethical cleaning is important

On a global scale, we can all agree that the less waste we produce to impact the environment the better. Not just the plastic packaging that wrecks rivers and oceans, but also the chemical by-products that find their way into the water supply and the soil. It’s our collective responsibility to look after the planet. After all, we only have the one.

Yet, closer to home, the use of potential toxins where we live and work on a daily basis can affect us directly. People have had severe allergic reactions to certain cleaning products, while others may have experienced longer-term health problems like asthma and eczema.

And for those animal lovers out there (and, let’s face it, who isn’t?) you’ll be shocked to know many of these traditional cleaning products continue to be tested on dogs and other animals in laboratories.

Put simply, the traditional chemical products that we have been using all our lives are not really helping anybody. So we all need to be smarter and more eco-friendly with our cleaning.

How to go green with your clean in 2017

It’s not all doom and gloom though! There’s plenty you can do for a more responsible and greener clean in 2017:

1. Find alternative products

We totally get that you probably grew up with certain cleaning products and still swear by them (whether you do the cleaning or not). But you’d be surprised by the number of efficient, environment and animal friendly alternatives available today that will keep your house or office clean and smelling fresh.

At Angel Cleaning Company, Ecover is our cleaning brand of choice (unless alternatives are specifically requested), because of its commitment to providing a superior clean without compromising the health of people, animals, or the planet. Not only does it encompass a rigorous checklist for harmful ingredients, but it is also produced as environmentally friendly factory, as well as using 100% renewable, reusable and recyclable packaging.

But there are many other natural products out there which also have a kinder manufacturing process, such as Method (which actually partnered up with Ecover in 2012) and Earth Friendly Products, which can be bought in a variety of places.

2. Look for handy symbols

Eco-friendly markers, such as the universal recycling symbol , can help identify products that have some degree of environmental friendliness in terms. In this case it demonstrates the reusability of the packaging, plus the logos with numbers inside also tell you how much of the packaging has already been recycled.

Then there’s the European Ecolabel, which promotes environmental excellence across Europe—indicating products that have been produced in such a way as to minimise their impact, from the extraction of the materials through to use and disposal.

And, of course, for those who care about avoiding animal testing, keep an eye out for the Vegan Society symbol (which of course doesn’t mean it’s suitable to eat or drink, but rather that it’s not been produced at the expense of any animals) as well as the ‘Leaping Bunny’ symbol by Cruelty Free International (which can be found in stores like the Co-op and Morrisons).

3. Refill instead of replace

When it comes to minimising your packaging waste, it’s always better to refill rather than replace to avoid adding to those landfills. Again brands like Ecover are leading the way, with refill stations available at a variety of locations for topping up your cleaning products, rather than using and replacing the products you use the most. Or simply opt for larger refill containers to store under the kitchen sink ready to top up manually.

4. Chat to your cleaner!

And finally, if you aren’t the one doing the cleaning, there’s nothing stopping you from speaking to your hired professionals to ask if they can provide you with a more healthy and eco-friendly clean in future. All the good cleaning companies should be only too happy to help.

Want to know a bit more about why we went eco-friendly and how we can provide you with a more healthy home or workplace?

 

Maria Millgate
maria@angelcleaningservices.co.uk