Is it really green?
Is it really green if you have to use five times as much of a "green" product than a "regular" product just to get a satisfactory clean?
Transportation and travel
It's what we do to conserve gasoline, reduce carbon emissions and lower the number of miles driven.
|Estimate all services via telephone (as opposed to in-home estimates)|
|Use Green Routing - the proper use of zoning and scheduling tools and processes|
|Encourage use of low-emission and fuel-efficient vehicles by employees|
|Encourage all employees to only change oil at manufacturer recommended intervals to reduce waste oil|
|Promote public transportation and carpooling when possible|
|Locate offices centrally within serviced territories|
It's what we do to make sure we are using the best product solutions for our clients, employees and environment (click here for more information).
|Purchase concentrated formulas with reduced packaging|
|Use professional measuring and dilution systems (all concentrates are diluted at MaidPro to reduce water transportation costs and ensure proper proportions)|
|Choose products that clean quickly and effectively to minimize exposure to cleaning solutions|
|Provide thorough training on products that meet all OSHA and EPA regulations|
|Use no aerosol products with the exception of interior oven cleaning|
|Rinse and properly dispose of used/expended solutions and containers|
|Continually test and analyze the best products from the best companies|
|Use client's preferred products if provided in the home (at the discretion of the local franchise)|
It's what we do to invest in the best tools to maximize, reuse and minimize waste.
|Purchase environmentally friendly vacuum cleaners (CRI Green Label Certified with HEPA or Arm & Hammer Filters)|
|Color-code our washable, reusable microfiber cleaning rags to prevent cross-contamination and use damp rags to prevent re-circulation of dust|
|Choose reusable plastic buckets|
|Choose reusable nylon and canvas bags|
|Choose reusable laundry/trash bags with lining|
|Choose reusable spray bottles and dispensers|
|Properly segregate waste and recycling for tools and materials that can't be reused|
It's what we do to make sure employees know what to do and how to do it.
|Conduct extensive initial training on the MaidPro way to clean with a focus on quality, consistency and the proper use of products, tools and practices|
|Offer extensive ongoing training so employees stay up to date|
Communications, marketing and documentation
It's what we do to reduce the amount of paper we use.
|Send schedules and/or invoices via e-mail|
|Use telephone for service reminders and follow-up|
|Store internal records electronically|
|Provide service information via e-mail and website|
|Choose recycled paper for client communication and marketing pieces as available|
|Print documents only when absolutely necessary, double-sided when possible, and then recycle|
|Offer reusable plates, cups and utensils in the office instead of disposables|
It's what we do to reduce the amount of water we use.
|Use filtered public water supply instead of bottled water (transported via truck)|
|Purchase efficient washing machines designed for minimal water use|
|If possible, install low-flow toilets (often at landlord's discretion, but every push helps)|
It's what we do to reduce the amount of electricity we use.
|Use Energy Smart PCs and laptops|
|Purchase high-efficiency washers and dryers|
|Switch to Compact Fluorescent Bulbs in the office|
|Turn items without standby/sleep mode off at night (PCs, printers, lights, etc.)|
It's what we do to make sure our office space is as efficient, safe and as environmentally friendly as possible.
|Request efficient heating and A/C systems (serviced annually)|
|Add power strips to eliminate idle current|
|Properly seal and insulate doors and windows|
|Maintain independent control of lighting and HVAC|
|Don't leave cars running in the parking lot|
|Use recycled furniture if possible (to save trees and reduce transportation emissions)|
|Use solar, hydro or wind power when available|
|Minimize space needed for efficient operations|
|Choose offices with lots of windows and natural light|
|Operate during daytime hours to require less artificial light|
|Choose hardwood flooring (recycled is even better) or natural fiber rugs and carpets for better indoor air quality|