Many ideas and theories behind "Green Cleaning" are great. I truly believe most people's and even company's hearts are in the the right place. But, just because you put the word "Green" on the label and throw up a picture of a leaf (don't look at our logo) doesn't mean it's environmentally friendly.
I believe our best plan for minimizing our carbon footprint, from the cleaning side, is to use common sense more and cleaning products less.
Here are 6 ideas to help accomplish this goal:
- Use the least amount of cleaning product possible
Most green cleaning products have the "green" title because the chemicals they use or don't use are supposed to be biodegradable and/or less harmful if they find their way into the ground. I'm sure that is true, but our goal shouldn't be to find the most ecological product, it should be to use as little cleaning product as possible.
Recommendation: Buy only concentrated cleaning products in the largest size you can or make your own.
- Be more concerned about the plastic bottle than the chemical inside
The negative environmental impact of the plastic bottle, even if you recycle it, may be far greater than the chemicals inside. The bottles needs to be made, stored, shipped and recycled. Each one of these steps require energy and fossil fuels.
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