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  • 03 Jan 2011 12:12 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    London, United Kingdom - Valley Industrial Products (http://www.vipclean.co.uk) is promoting its own range of eco friendly cleaning products in a bid to enable its customers to clean their industrial or commercial premises without impacting on the planet. The new range of eco friendly products supplied by Valley is called "Green Valley" and has been based completely on the already successful cleaning products that the company has been supplying for years.

    "We know that our customers put a lot of stock in the efficiency and power of our own brand cleaning products," said a spokes person for Valley Industrial Products. "That's why we have created out Green Valley range. The Green Valley products deliver the exact same cleaning power as before: they've just had harsh, corrosive or otherwise environmentally unsound chemicals replaced by new formulas.
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    The environmental friendly cleaning products produced by Valley Industrial Products are enabling all UK industries and commercial enterprises to look after their premises and equipment in line with new initiatives and regulations concerning environmental impact. Even the heaviest industrial environment can be cleaned with products from the Green Valley range, and the earth benefits with every spray.

    Read More At Source:Pr-USA
     

  • 30 Dec 2010 8:53 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    We all know the New Year gives us a clean slate to work with when it comes to making improvements in our daily lives. Typically we resolve to exercise more, eat better, stick to a budget or pick up that new hobby. For this year I have compiled a list of eco friendly habits that are easy to adopt and stick to:

    1. I resolve to kick the plastic water bottle habit: Plastic water bottles are bad for the environment, no question. Last year Americans consumed over 50 billion of them. This is a serious habit we here in Trinidad and Tobago need to kick and quickly. Bring your own refillable stainless steel bottle filled with water from home whenever you go out. If the water from your tap isn’t to your liking then add a filtration system or get one of those pitchers that sit on the counter. Trust me; bottled water that you have purchased isn’t that much better than water from your tap.

    2. I resolve to bring my own bags with me to the grocery store: This is a no brainer. Most of us by now should have already adopted this habit. Try to take it one step further by bringing your own bags whenever you go shopping for anything in general, not just food.

    3. I resolve to walk or bike whenever possible: This is one that I will admit took me awhile to get used to, as I love the privacy of being in my car alone.

    4. I resolve to make small changes at home: Small changes at home can have a huge impact overall if everybody did them. Start by unplugging appliances when not in use like the toaster, coffee maker or microwave. Turn off the TV if no one is watching it. Also, connect your computer and peripherals to a power strip; that way at the end of the day you can disconnect them with just a flick of the switch (its best to turn off your computer instead of leaving it in hibernate or stand-by mode.) Wash your clothes in cold or the very least warm water and use the shorter cycle. Finally, change out your light bulbs to compact flourescent lights (CFLs).

    5. I resolve to start composting: This is a hard one, I know. I falter with this one myself but I do keep trying to stick with it.

    6. I resolve to use less paper: This one is easy and I have been having great success with it! First, I buy recycled content for everything (home and office). Next, I use both sides of the paper before I put it in a bin. Meaning, if one side is still clean then I put in my printer or fax; also I only print out materials or e-mails if I absolutely must have a hard copy of the item.

    7. I resolve to volunteer for something this year: Even if it’s just one day, give your time to a beach or park clean-up team in your neighbourhood. If you really want to make a big difference then put in sometime in a community garden. If there isn’t a community garden then start one. Find a natural spot that you can easily get to on a somewhat regular area and keep it litter free. All you need is a pair of work gloves, a supply of garbage bags, and a bit of time.

    8. I resolve to use eco-friendly cleaning products at all times and to avoid chlorine. There are so many good and effective green products on the market now, that there is no excuse for this one. You can even do a lot with just baking soda, white vinegar and water!

    9. I resolve to pay attention to where my food comes from: I am tempted to preach “buy local”, but realistically I know that is not always possible. But you can make sure your food (and even clothing) is produced in an ethical and sustainable way. So pay attention to labels such as the USDA organic and Fair Trade.

    10. Write a letter or (two). You don’t need to chain yourself to a tree in order to have your voice heard. Most large environmental organisations have information on their websites for contacting people in various levels of government regarding environmental issues. The pen can be mightier than the sword.

    11. I resolve to lead by example: Pass this article along to your friends and families as we all can use reminders every now and then on how to be eco-friendly this year!

    Happy green new year…

     

    More At Source:Newsday

  • 30 Dec 2010 8:51 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    It started with $1,000, a tiny office space, a few ads in the Pennysaver and half a dozen housekeepers, but Maureen Gray, president and founder of what would become KBM Facility Solutions, wasn't about to let odds get in her way.

    Gray, just 20 years old at the company’s founding in 1981, now has a multimillion-dollar, multi-faceted company with about 500 employees and 450 vendor partners.

    Along with janitorial, the firm has a tenant improvement division, a maintenance division and an array of other functions, and Gray continues to grow her company with additions and acquisitions.

    The company, originally known as KBM Building Services, posted $28.8 million in sales last year and is projecting more than $30 million in sales in 2010.

    "Despite the weak economy and an overall increase in competition, KBM has seen tremendous growth during the past two years, primarily as a result of the focus of our dedicated management team," Gray said. "While our pricing remains highly competitive, we have expanded our list of value-added services to ensure that our clients are receiving the best possible value for their dollar."

    More at source:San Diego Source

  • 30 Dec 2010 8:43 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Now, just in time for the holidays, emerges a Boston Terrier who doesn't just wheel around a pushcart, but s/he apparently takes out (and puts back) cleaning supplies piled up inside the four-wheeler.

    More at Source: Urlesque

  • 27 Dec 2010 6:50 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    UPTON undefined  With nearly 1,200 students, many of whom spend class time in auto body shop, a professional kitchen or manufacturing setting, Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School has a lot of heavy cleaning to do.

    But 18 months ago, the school embarked on an effort to replace its cleaning supplies and processes with environmentally friendly, nontoxic products. It's now one of the few schools in the state to be totally “green.”

    “The school's always strived to be ahead of the curve,” said James Brochu, director of construction and facilities. “With efforts the staff has made in green cleaning, we're maintaining that positive drive forward.”

    School officials knew that switching to green cleaning would be good for the environment and the health of students and staff, but they were skeptical whether green products would clean as well as those with strong chemicals

    More At Source: The Telegram

  • 27 Dec 2010 6:48 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - December 27, 2010) -  When the Metrodome in Minneapolis succumbed to the forces of Mother Nature, the NFL was left with a dilemma, where do they stage the matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants? Most people don't realize there was a second dilemma that came with that decision; this became clear once the NFL decided their solution was to hold the game at Ford Field in Detroit just 24 hours after the Detroit Lions finished up their own home game. Now came the interesting part. It took nearly 1,000 tons of snow to make the Metrodome stadium inadequate to play in. Nearly 240 Jani-King Commercial Cleaning crew members assembled to get another stadium ready to take its place.

    More At Source:Market Wire 

  • 21 Dec 2010 7:54 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    When searching for cleaning services in South Florida, you better be very specific or else you might find yourself getting taken to the cleaners.

    A Miami woman hired to tidy up a house has been arrested after the homeowner claims the woman made herself right at home and stole $200,000 worth of jewelry, electronics and other items.

    Jesenia Lopez-Gavilan, 22, was in court Tuesday and charged with grand theft for her phony maid scam, JustNews.com reports.

    Lopez-Gavilan was advertising her services on Craigslist.com and that's how she pulled in her victims, police said.

    The woman allegedly cased the joint and then came back with an accomplice, Ray Valdez, who was also arrested.

    Chances are this isn't the only time the duo have pulled off such a house cleaning, police said.

    Source: NBC Miami

  • 21 Dec 2010 7:52 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    MIDDLETOWN undefined A school janitor was fired on Dec. 7 for "inappropriate conduct" after an internal investigation into reports on his behavior by several students, district officials said.

    The district is not aware of the janitor engaging in any criminal activity or child endangerment, said Board of Education attorney Christopher Parton, who declined to identify the employee or elaborate on the "inappropriate conduct."

    During a board meeting on Wednesday, several parents criticized the school district's handling of the situation, alleging that the district did not report information to authorities in a timely manner and that it allowed the janitor to remain in contact with students as the internal investigation developed.

    "Children are going to be at risk," said resident Dina Milne, if the district handles future cases in a similar fashion.

    More at Source:App.com

  • 21 Dec 2010 7:50 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    A San Mateo man who worked as a janitor at several Shell service stations on the Peninsula is now accused of robbing them, a prosecutor said.

    Marlon Arbulu, 27, is accused of going on a two-week robbery spree in which he hit the same service station, and same clerk, twice in San Mateo as well stations in San Carlos and San Bruno, said chief deputy district attorney Steve Wagstaffe. The managers at the San Mateo station recognized Arbulu when watching surveillance footage and realized he used to work there as a janitor.

    Arbulu pleaded not guilty Friday in San Mateo County Superior Court to robbery and burglary charges, said Wagstaffe.

    Prosecutors say the robberies started Nov. 28 at a Shell station on Peninsula Avenue in San Mateo. Arbulu is accused of passing the clerk a note that demanded cash and warned there would be trouble if the money wasn't handed over. Authorities say Arbulu got away with about $200. He came back on Dec. 12 and said he didn't get enough money the first time and ordered the clerk, who was behind the counter at the first robbery, to give him more, according to authorities; he escaped with an undetermined amount of money.

    Prosecutors said he robbed a Shell station in San Carlos on Dec. 14 and then held up one in San Bruno on Dec 16. Based on information from his previous employers, police identified Arbulu as a suspect in the crimes. He was arrested in a San Bruno hotel on the same day as the last robbery.

     

    Source: Mercury News

  • 20 Dec 2010 1:19 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Invercargill's Ascot Park Hotel has taken an environmental leap and ditched cleaning chemicals in favour of water and microfibre cloths.

    Executive manager Peter Ridsdale said after months of testing the hotel took the plunge to 100 per cent chemical-free cleaning yesterday.

    The move is expected to save $6000 in chemical costs annually and has helped secure the hotel three "green" conferences – for Apparelmaster, Environment Southland and a yet-to-be-named tourism organisation.

    Other benefits have included less irritation for housekeepers, asthmatic guests raving about the rooms and social media commentator Craig Garner, who travels extensively, said he was blown away by the cleanliness of the room he stayed in.

    Laboratory tests during an eight-week trial in which 10 rooms were cleaned with microfibre cloth and 10 with chemicals showed a massive difference in cleanliness.

    The bacterial count in rooms cleaned chemically was 179, while in the microfibre rooms it was just 11.

    "The only real downside is the room really doesn't smell like anything at all," Mr Ridsdale said.

    The move was part of a four-year journey that began with a sustainability audit, resulting in a huge recycling project and an electrical audit that led to new light bulbs and $1000 a month savings.

    The latest environmental project for the Invercargill Licensing Trust hotel is a plan to spearhead rejuvenation of Dog Island and joining forces with the Department of Conservation and Maritime New Zealand to investigate its historical, ecological and tourism potential.

    The hotel had given $10,000 from one of the hotel's guest washing machines as an initial funding injection. Being a part of the sustainable movement was a huge thrill, Mr Ridsdale said.

    "I'm not a greenie by any stretch of the imagination but I've embarked on a trail that's getting greener and greener.

    "It has a feel-good factor not just for me but everyone else that works here as well," he said.

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