Renewability and sustainability have been growing focuses for the entirety of the 21st century. Consumers as well as companies have grown, on the whole, more aware of the impact they are having on the environment. While often used interchangeably, renewability and sustainability are not exactly the same thing. A renewable resource is one that will regenerate on its own or can at least be regenerated. For example, trees are renewable resources. When left alone, trees obviously will reproduce. Also, companies can plant trees to offset the trees they fell. However, there are also sustainability concerns. Sustainability refers to the ability of a practice to continue in perpetuity. For example, trees might be renewable but if a company strips forests with no consideration of good practices, that will not be sustainable. The trees will not regenerate fast enough to offset the damage done. The same is true of cleaning chemicals.
Green Cleaning Chemicals
Many housekeepers and housekeeping companies are switching to green cleaning chemicals for several reasons. In many cases, it’s simple economics. Green chemicals are sometimes less expensive because they are less processed. Sometimes, it is a matter of practicality; some house cleaners are sensitive to the harsh chemicals used in cleaning solutions. Lastly, some are choosing green chemicals because that’s what they would like their company to represent.
What Are Green Chemicals?
Green cleaning chemicals have several characteristics. Some of them are focused on the chemicals themselves; those would be solutions that are made from renewable resources that are harvested sustainably. For example, many oven cleaners contain fossil fuels. That’s part of the reason they’re so caustic. Those are obviously not sustainable or renewable. You would replace that fossil fuel oven cleaner with a renewable resource. Acids derived from fruits are very common; when refined properly, a natural acid or base can cut through the toughest grease.
Other chemicals are focused on the manufacturing or shipping involved. They will be focused on how the chemical is produced and shipped. For example, if you have an all-natural cleaning solution that uses inefficient machines and is shipped halfway around the world with fossil fuels, it could easily negate the cleaning chemical benefits. That’s why many housekeepers are also focused on locally-sourced chemicals. The closer to its final destination a product is created, the less fuel is consumed in its transport.
Housekeepers are on the cutting edge of which products work and which don’t. That’s why you can trust their choices for cleaning chemicals.