Are you turning GREEN at work? If not, you should be!

Everyday new products are being created in order to promote the green movement. We recycle at home and we take reusable bags with us to the grocery store.  But what are we doing at our business? Many business owners and organizations get their blue and green recycle bins for the staff to use and maybe even get a large barrel for bottles and cans only. Unfortunately, though, it seems many business owners are doing this out of a sense of obligation rather than out of concern.

Going green needs to be more of a priority for all of us. In addition to recycling, by using environmentally friendly cleaning products you are making your work environment healthier for your cleaning staff and building occupants. Studies have shown that building occupants, visitors and janitorial staff experience a lot fewer incidents of skin, eye and respiratory irritation, fewer multiple chemical sensitivities, less severe allergies and decreased headaches and nausea when cleaning contractors use green cleaning products. This also leads to higher employee morale, reduced absenteeism, and higher efficiency. Healthier employees are happier employees and productivity increases.

Using recycled paper products in your restrooms also has a tremendous impact on the environment. Did you know that recycling paper uses about 65% less energy than the process of cutting down new trees and manufacturing them into paper pulp? Did you know that the paper industry is one of the largest water and air polluters in the world? The EPA has found that recycling achieves 35% less water pollution and 74% less air pollution!

So whether we are a business owner, a manager, a president, CEO or simply an employee we owe it to ourselves, our fellow workmates, our neighbors, our country and our planet to do our part in creating a safe and healthy environment now for our own well being and for the well being of generations to come.

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