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‘Very Few’ Building Service Contractors Asked to Clean Green

As green cleaning’s popularity continues to grow, a new poll questions if using environmentally preferable cleaning products is of greater interest to manufacturers and distributors than to the customers of building service contractors.

Participants were asked how many of their customers have asked to switch from conventional to green cleaning products.

Sixty percent responded “very few”; 20 percent indicated more than half; and 20 percent reported that a “quarter to about half” of their customers request environmentally preferable cleaning products be used in their facilities.

“It almost makes you wonder if green cleaning is of greater interest in the boardrooms of manufacturers and distributors than in the millions of facilities cleaned every day,” says Jim Hlavin, head of Tornado’s Business Development division. 

The Tornado e-Poll also asked BSCs if their customers were aware of certifying organizations, such as EcoLogoM and Green Seal or the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label and Seal of Approval Programs.

The results are as follows: Almost all: 20 percent; Quite a few: 20 percent; Very few: 40 percent; None: 20 percent.

Similarly, when asked if their clients were seeking LEED certification, the cleaning professionals answered: Yes: 20 percent; No: 40 percent; Do not know: 20 percent.

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