all know that the world has to change directions if we
are going to reverse the trend towards ecological damage
and deterioration of human health.
We also know in many small ways we ourselves have been
contributing. But whenever we have new and better
choices, like reducing waste, reusing materials, and
recycling, we are happy to get on board.
Now there is a significant new opportunity to shift
course again, and this shift is particularly valuable to
facility managers and home owners. The bar has been
raised for carpet cleaners. Your customers need you to
meet this challenge. The result is cleaner indoor
air, lower health risks for building occupants and
staff, fewer liabilities, and far less environmental
impact for aquatic life.
Environmental Choice: PRC-097
December 2001, Environment Canada's Environmental Choice
Program introduced a new certification criteria entitled "".
PRC-097 recognizes the need to reduce pollution from
cleaning surfactants that enter our aquatic environment.
Specifically, it requires that cleaners certified under
this criteria must avoid ingredients that are derived
from or manufactured from ethylene oxide, a known
carcinogen. It also requires that there be no
phosphates, NTA, EDTA, APEO's, bio-accumulants and other
carcinogens. PRC-097 also acknowledges in concrete terms
the need to produce cleaners that are acceptable for use
by hyper-sensitive individuals.
In short, PRC-097 is an ideal cleaning criteria to
specify for use in your facilities. It is part of our
transition to a better way of running the world. Don't
miss the turn - make it part of your standard
ECOgent Carpet Cleaner has been tested by the largest carpet mills and
meets their required standards for cleanability and
ECOgent "U.S. Pat. No.6,432,395" for Cleaning
Composition Containing Naturally-Derived Components.
The New Route: Sustainable Surfactants
Most commercial and residential cleaning products are
still using non-ionic surfactants derived from or
problem with non-ionic surfactants is that some of them
can adversely affect the reproductive systems of fish
and other aquatic wildlife. And while many such
surfactants are biodegradable, they often do not
biodegrade readily under the anaerobic conditions found
in some parts of our waterways.
It's not the kind of thing that we can get away with
forever. Fortunately, there are now new-generation
surfactants which are more sustainable - they are
produced from renewable resources and the biodegrade
readily without toxic effects or by-products.