In the near future, the word “sustainability” is going to come up a lot more in the professional cleaning industry. Sustainability in our industry refers to the impact that the actions and operations of jansan distributors, manufacturers, and cleaning contractors have on their clients and employees, as well as on natural resources, the environment, and local communities.
As a contractor, in-house cleaner, or facility manager, chances are good you’re already implementing green practices. The direction our industry has taken in transferring from traditional to environmentally preferable cleaning products over the past 15 years has been nothing less than exceptional. We are leaders in reducing the environmental impact of our products and, in doing so, helping to protect the health of all building users. But now we must take this one step further.
I am asking facility managers, cleaning contractors, and all purchasers of jansan products to encourage distributors (as well as manufacturers, if they are purchasing directly from the manufacturer) to adopt sustainability initiatives. I am doing so for the very same reason that our industry’s transfer to green cleaning products has been so successful. Our customers asked for green products and services, and we delivered. Now we must follow our customers’ example and make the same request of our product distributors. Just as in the case of green cleaning, I am confident jansan distributors will deliver.
In practical terms, if you’re a purchaser, building owner, facility manager, or contract cleaner who has already embarked on your sustainability path, now is the time to update sustainability requests to your product distributors and manufacturers. Be sure to address the following issues: