Environmentalists have been saying that ‘green’ is the new gold. With the general public’s rising awareness of the harmful effects household cleaning materials wreak on our health and environment, it is only natural for consumers to try to protect themselves and their loved ones.
The Truth About Some Green Products
Sadly, there are some janitorial cleaning supplies that take advantage of this new market trend. They mislead the naive consumer with information and boast about being green without actually backing up those claims. Many buyers assume anything that looks green must be green. After all, deciphering all those multisyllabic words on a container is better left to a scientist, right?
A few simple tips are all you need to be able to differentiate the real green cleaners from those pretending to be green.
Knowing the Language
The fastest way for consumers to wise up is to actually learn the language of green products. Remember, every cleaning company can call itself green, eco-friendly, all-natural, or organic on their labels, but they cannot lie on their chemical ingredients, by mandate of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
However, the EPA cannot require the manufacturers to prove the safety of their product, which is the reason why bolder ones tend to exaggerate the health and environmental benefits of their own product. Thus, it is up to consumers to educate themselves on the chemical names that pose harm to health and environment.
If you see either ammonia, triclosan, butyl glycol, ethylene glycol (monobutyl), chlorine bleach, petroleum solvents, surfactants, phosphates, and phthalates in your cleaning product’s ingredient list, then you should eschew that item because it is most likely not green. The chemicals are deemed toxic and harmful by the EPA.
You may also want to check out the EPA’s “Greener Products Guide” website to help you research which products you should buy. A little knowledge can impart a big global effect. Don’t let disingenuous companies take your extra dollars; do your own research and buy only from trusted, green, cleaning product suppliers, like HJS Supply.