At Zep Inc., we created our GreenLink® Program to help bring clarity to green cleaning. For many, green cleaning simply means to switch out conventional cleaning and maintenance products to green cleaning products. While this can be a great first step, there is much more that needs to be done to maximize the benefits of green cleaning. The primary goal should be to pick-up, remove, and properly dispose of surface soils with the mindset to clean for health without harming the environment. The GreenLink Program not only brings together the right chemicals, tools, equipment, but adds standard operating procedures to help customers maximize the benefits of green cleaning.
At the heart of the GreenLink Program is our GreenLink brand cleaning and maintenance chemicals, which have all been designed to meet our rigid environmental, health, and safety criteria. To provide our customers further assurances, Zep has earned leading third party certifications on several GreenLink products, including:
- Green Seal
- U.S. EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE)
- USDA’s BioPreferred
- Mobilize the cleaning team for change.
- Drive green cleaning specifications to improve cleaning quality and consistency.
- Align cleaning operations to LEED® green building certification requirements.
- Promote awareness, occupant participation and visibility to indoor environments.
There are differences between conventional cleaning practices and green cleaning practices. Most prevalent differences include:
- Use of toilet tissue, facial tissue and paper towels that meet the EPA’s comprehensive procurement guidelines for post-consumer recovered fiber.
- Use of high-quality microfiber cleaning tools for dusting, dust mopping, and damp mopping to pick up and retain soil more efficiently and effectively.
- Use of cleaning chemicals, tools and processes certified and/or aligned with leading third-party programs, such as:
- Leading chemical certifications mentioned above
- U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification requirements.
- The Seal of Approval Program from the Carpet and Rug Institute for vacuum cleaners and carpet extractors.
- The use of appropriate floor matting systems at primary entryways to minimize soil, debris, moisture and other contaminants from being transferred to building interiors.