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  • 15 Jan 2018 1:17 PM | Roderick Dunaway

    Like most families going Green was a foreign concept but over the last 20 plus years we have seen the effects to the environment. With cleaning products that are not only harmful to the Environment but also to mankind. But with today`s environment friendly cleaners there is no reason to use such products.

    There are over 10 thousand Green products that are now available and the cost of these products are at or near the cost of the other more harsh cleaners used today I want to make a difference in the safety of my family employees and coworkers and switching to Green products is a great start!

    Find A Green Cleaning Service Here


  • 13 Jan 2018 9:53 AM | Emanuel Johnson

    When someone asks, why go green?  I always make sure to tell them about all the toxic chemicals that are in their everyday cleaning products.  I let them know the effects its having on their different surfaces and to their body.  For example, many people love Windex.  But Windex contains ammonia.  Which is a skin irritant, it can cause headaches, it adds nitrogen to the environment among other things.

    The average American household has about 63 synthetic chemical products.  When you use less harmful products, it cuts down on many human health risks.  There are many things right in many people's cabinet they can use.  For example, vinegar and water can be used to clean windows. One way less toxic than the other but yields the same results. By going green, it benefits the public and environment.

    Go Green Today! Start Here!

     

  • 11 Jan 2018 8:39 AM | Brandon Lee

    Alkanol amines, ammonia, chlorine, chlorophoine, .. And the list goes on. These are just a few of the MANY harmful chemicals found in everyday household cleaners.

    Coming in contact with the toxins of these very harmful chemicals can cause severe problems. They can irritate lungs and eyes, disrupt hormones, be poisonous, cause cancer, and burn skin tissue on contact. Inhaling the fumes of these toxins can cause headaches and dizziness as well as shortness of breath.

    Green cleaning ingredients such as vinegar, borax, washing soda, are all better alternatives to these harmful chemicals in the paragraph above. These green cleaners are all natural and do not cause ANY of the problems that these other conventional cleaning products cause.

    Find Your Green Cleaning Service Here. 



  • 09 Jan 2018 8:26 AM | estrada

    Having a certification allows my company to bring security to our customers about our process and our expertise.

    The knowledge we got from this certification process will help us to better serve our clients and attack each problem that we face with their carpets with the best solution possible. 

    Find A IJCSA Certified Carpet Cleaning Company Here  

  • 05 Jan 2018 12:26 PM | Jovan Markovic

    Green Cleaning Program means combining certified cleaners, tools, equipment, training and cleaning processes to reduce the environmental footprint for a better environment and a much more pleasant work environment. We  understand the implementation of a successful green cleaning program is one that involves a team approach between facility management and Vito Clean. To be successful it takes the cooperation of everyone that cleans, maintains and occupies the building.

    Vito Clean is ready to implement our Green Cleaning Program at your Property.  Whether you are working toward LEED certification or merely want to promote a healthy, green cleaning lifestyle, Vito Clean can deliver the service that meets your needs. Vito Cleans green cleaning procedures are focused on preventative measures. An important goal is to trap and remove dirt and pollutants before they enter the building and prevent cross-contamination. In addition, particles and chemicals in the air are minimized mechanically by capturing dust and dirt, using course spray application process and applying the cleaner to the cloth rather than spraying the surface to be cleaned. A non chemical cleaning system accurately dilutes the product. We focus on touch-points such as doorknobs and fixtures. Restroom disinfectant is applied properly to ensure dwell time, so soil is thoroughly removed and fewer products used.

    Find Us & Other Certified IJCSA Green Cleaning Services Here

  • 03 Jan 2018 12:17 PM | Lartharie Morgan

    Being a Green Cleaning Service Provider means not only are we accountable for the makeup of the products that we use to provide our services , yet the hard tools that are used as well. We are conscious of the use of everyday chemicals such as ammonia, alcohol, aluminum, artificial fragrances and colors.

    As our client we can assure you that the use of these products and others will assist with the overall health and welfare of your business and those who enter into your facilities. Be sure to look for products as we do , that are contained in biodegradable and recyclable container. Always use the original bottle whenever possible and if need be label bottles to ensure proper use.   

    Fresh Start Immaculate Janitorial and Cleaning Company has taken cleaning to another level. We are committed to offering all of our clients the opportunity and providing them with the tools to become environmentally responsible. In addition, we have become educational partners with a number of Green Cleaning Service Providers partnered throughout the US. Further information is available at http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services


  • 31 Dec 2017 11:59 PM | 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 2018!


  • 30 Dec 2017 8:10 PM | Rosana Constantino

    In today's world, we are constantly surrounded by toxic contaminants. The most dangerous are known as Volatile Organic Compounds and Persistent Organic Pollutants. The EPA reports that VOCs are emitted by a wide range of consumer and industrial products, among them, everyday cleaning products.

    These everyday cleaners are meant to facilitate our lives, but are, in fact, harming us. Unfortunately, we the consumers are the reason they are being manufactured. Organic chemicals are inexpensive to produce and are very effective, something very appealing to the mass production process.

    Please note that VOCs are not ingredients themselves, rather, they are gases that are constantly being released from organic chemicals used in the manufacturing process. EPA studies indicate that people who clean using products containing organic chemicals can expose themselves and others to high pollutant levels. Even after you're done cleaning, elevated concentrations can persist in the air for hours.

    The novelty of POPs is that they are highly stable organic compounds often used as disinfectants. POPs are a real problem because they persist in the environment, accumulate in human and animal fatty tissues, and are toxic to most forms of life.

    Most everyday cleaning products contain POPs as their main ingredient and are found in household insecticides and moth repellants. According to the EPA, nearly every person on earth can be shown to have detectable levels of POPs.

    There are also variants such as Persistent, Bio-accumulative, and Toxic pollutants that pose a risk to humans and wildlife ecosystems that make them horribly destructive to our planet and our health.

    Overexposure to VOCs can cause adverse health conditions such as coughing, fever, muscle aches, and allergies. High levels of VOCs and POPs have been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, and even death. The use of products that emit VOCs and POPs is also at least in part responsible for many conditions such as Sick Building Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and Asthma.

    Why then are they still being manufactured and sold to the public? The truth is that there are few regulations of these chemicals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only tests prescription drugs and consumable products. The EPA only investigates after there have been many complaints reported. Basically, if a product ever gets to a point where it warrants an investigation, it's likely too late. Interestingly enough, the EPA already lists most VOCs and POPs as Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS), but unfortunately, chemical production continues largely unregulated.

    To protect ourselves, we need to reduce or eliminate our exposure to these substances. Some of the most toxic are found in everyday products like all-purpose cleaners, oven cleaners, and fabric softeners.

    These environmental poisons need to be replaced with non-toxic and environmentally safe counterparts, if not by the government, then by each and every one of us. For daily cleaning, baking soda and vinegar are wonderful natural alternatives that do a great job keeping things clean.

    For an ongoing green solution, you can seek out a green cleaning service provider at www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services 


    Sources:

    VOC Information: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html

    POP Information: http://www.epa.gov/international/toxics/pop.htm

    PBT Information: http://www.epa.gov/pbt

    Extremely Hazardous Substances: http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/baq/docs/ehsalpha.pdf

    Effects of POPs: http://www.childenvironment.org/position.htm


  • 30 Dec 2017 8:08 PM | Rosana Constantino

    Step 1: Decide to hire a professional environmentally friendly cleaning service provider.

    Step 2: Find you green cleaning service at: IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Directory

    Step 3: Enjoy a healthy, earth-friendly, non-toxic, and wonderfully clean environment all the time!


  • 30 Dec 2017 8:07 PM | Rosana Constantino

    Green cleaning programs benefit both local and global communities by reducing the amount of harmful chemicals in the environment. 

    By cutting back on the use of toxic-based products and considering the carbon footprint of cleaning activities, environmentally friendly programs create a healthier environment for humans, plants, and animals. 


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