White Gloves Green Cleaning Policy
White Gloves Green Cleaning Policy is one of the most complete, forthright, and specifically stated policies in the industry.
Though there is no real standard or definition of green cleaning, it is generally considered to be the use of a combination of products, practices, and equipment to clean effectively while protecting both the environment and the health of people in that environment. Of course this is achieved while maintaining a satisfactory standard of disinfection and cleanliness.
Any cleaning service or janitorial company that says it uses only natural or non-chemical cleaning substances is not being truthful. Such deceit is known as “green washing,” which means making untrue statements in order to create a pro-environmental image or to sell a product.
Unless a cleaning solution is strictly a pure natural substance, such as a lemon, it likely is a chemical or compound of some type. Though a claim may be made that a company uses only natural or plant-based cleaners, chemical compounds are still being used. Those compounds may be the same that are derived from other sources, such as petroleum, but they have the same chemical structure. A chemical compound that is toxic is harmful whether its origin is natural or man-made!
White Glove continuously and thoroughly monitors issues concerning the health and environmental impact of cleaning materials and their ingredients. Our goal is to provide the “greenest” service we can give without compromising our standards of cleanliness and protection against harmful bacteria and other microorganisms.
We definitely agree that certain categories of chemical groups are worthy of avoiding. There is a general consensus among groups, organizations, scientists, and governmental agencies as to which chemical categories are dangerous.
But, these “toxic” chemicals are not found in most common cleaners used by home cleaning companies such as White Glove. They may, however, be used by consumers and found throughout a typical home. They may also be found in specialized materials used by some janitorial and other companies providing mostly commercial services that require “industrial strength.”
Anyone can learn the basics of the debate regarding chemicals, health, and the environment. Even if you don’t know a great deal about the science of chemistry, there are many good sources that summarize knowledge and research, including a great deal of information provided by the Environmental Protection Agency.
An informed person who extensively studies material touted by environmental and health pundits likely will conclude that much of what is said or written is done either from a basic lack of knowledge, or a desire to sell something therefore lying and/or distorting the facts.
We ask our customers to be aware of unscrupulous efforts made by alarmists who are uninformed, and peddlers who simply will stop at nothing to make a sale. We are committed to helping you to get information and intelligently weigh the facts so you can make informed decisions. Our Web site provides information to help, including our CLEAN-o-pedia and White Glove Cleaning Academy’s Consumer Resource Center.
Study the facts, and credible research then make logical and informed conclusions. That’s what White Glove has done in devising its realistic and responsible Green Cleaning Policy:
.White Glove Green Cleaning Policy
We will not use any product that when used properly and responsibly poses a health or environmental threat.
White Glove will never use a substance—natural or chemical—in its pure form if it is considered unsafe for people or the environment. For example, we do not use:
corrosives including lye and acids; and
If we do use an agent that contains a chemical or compound as an ingredient:
it will not be on popular lists of chemicals or groups of chemicals (published by the U.S. EPA, NFPA, HMIS, Greenpeace, etc.) to avoid;
it will not be a proven or suspected carcinogen;
it will not be ozone-depleting;
it must not exceed prescribed safe levels; and
it will be safely used only as directed.
NFPA rating must not exceed zero (normal) in regard to the degree of hazard associated with a particular chemical or material.
HMIS rating must not exceed one (1) meaning “irritation or minor reversible injury is possible” (generally if not used responsibly); the preferred rating is zero (0) meaning “no significant risk to health.”
We do not use chemicals that even when used at safe levels are bioaccumulative meaning they are stored in the body and can build up over time creating high concentrations that may be potentially harmful.
The NFPA rating of any product we use must not exceed zero (0) meaning “normal in regard to the degree of hazard associated with a particular chemical or material.
The HMIS rating of any product we use must not exceed one (1) meaning “irritation or minor reversible injury is possible” (generally if not used responsibly); the preferred rating is zero (0) meaning “no significant risk to health.”
We research available products and those that we use.
For every product we use, we verify manufacturers’ claims by studying Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and other research data as presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or other credible government and industry research.
We will not use any product that has prohibited ingredients as stated by the EPA; we give priority to products registered and approved by the EPA’s Design for the Environment Program and Green Seal.
We do not use a product that cannot claim reduced or no skin irritants.
We do not use any product that cannot claim reduced or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
We use only products that contain reduced or no added dyes, except when added for safety purposes.
We seek materials that can be purchased in highly concentrated form to reduce packaging and the adverse environmental effects of transporting the product from its place of manufacture.
We give priority to products that are responsibly manufactured and distributed, and can be disposed of with minimal environmental effect.
We seek reduced packaging or recyclable packaging and recycled-content in packaging.
We use trigger spray whenever possible over aerosol.
All equipment used is environmentally responsible.
We are moving to significant use of microfiber cloths, rather than cotton for steam mopping, and dusting. We do not use paper. Microfiber provides maximum effectiveness for safety and thoroughly removing dust and contaminants.
We efficient vacuum cleaners—always well maintained—with quality HEPA filters.
Additionally, White Glove has established “green” policies incorporating recycling, efficient and environmentally sound practices in our off-site operations and office.
We practice “precylcing” which means we consider less packaging waste in our purchases.
We practice “hypermiling” which means conscious decisions made to ensure the best gas mileage. These decisions include driving the speed limit, keeping tires properly inflated, breaking and accelerating gently, and other gas-saving measures.