benefits of ewater vs traditional chemicals

The benefits of ewater (engineered water) are numerous compared to the requirements and challenges of traditional chemical cleaners & sanitizers – and even green chemicals.

Conventional chemical products are widely regarded as harmful to people and planet. Their use has resulted in an unintended trade-off — cleaning for the sake of our health, against the potential harm the very same chemicals present to human health and the health of the environment.

Green cleaning chemicals that have earned certifications like Green Seal or Ecologo are typically excellent products and are far safer than conventional chemicals. (Beware of “green” chemicals that do not carry responsible certifications.) However, if your organization is truly focused on “big picture” sustainability, eWater systems present substantial advantages over even the best green cleaning products. Consider the first several rows below when comparing ewater technology to green chemical products.

ENGINEERED WATER SOLUTIONS PACKAGED CHEMICAL PRODUCTS
Made on-site – no carbon footprint from over-the-road transport Manufactured, shipped  – major carbon footprint impact
No storage, minimal product waste – make only as needed Bulk production, storage requirements, handling, product waste
No packaging waste Packaging waste disposal – landfill impact
No container disposal – reuse, refill Results in millions of disposed plastic containers
Efficient energy-saving production – using cold water Energy demands of mass production
No agricultural or petroleum-based ingredients Environmental impact of raw materials required for chemical formulations
No residues in drain water – no environmental impact Environmental harm from chemical residues  washed down drains into water systems
Stable monthly costs, minimal fluctuation Many market factors that impact costs
Unlimited quantities made on-demand, minimal storage issues Constant purchase from third-party suppliers, storage and handling
Ready-to-use – no concentrates to dilute Concentrates particularly hazardous – require mixing and dilution – heightened risks
Non-toxic, non-corrosive, non-hazardous Potentially corrosive, toxic, hazardous
No VOCs (volatile organic compounds) Substantial concern over VOCs for most products
Antimicrobial activity without caustics Heightened health risks with chemical antimicrobials
One or two products for standard cleaning Typically 5-7 products in use for standard cleaning
Speeds up custodial productivity Productivity slowed by multiple products, required procedures
No chemical residue – surfaces stay cleaner longer Chemical residues build up on surfaces, in carpets  – capture dirt which results in more frequent cleaning
No residue protects surfaces and finishes Chemical residues degrade finishes over time
No dyes, no added fragrances Typically full of artificial dyes & fragrances
Minimal training for use and safety Training complexity impacted by multiple products and incompatible products
Minimal to no worker PPE requirements Typically strict PPE requirements
Approved for use in foodservice settings and for food wash Multiple products required for same – only specialized products approved for food
Minimal duplication of tools (buckets, mops) Separate tools to ensure no mixing of incompatible products
No risk if ewater fluids combine Hazardous outcomes if incompatible products mixed
No risk of chemical burns to fabrics, surfaces Replacement costs due to chemical burns, etc.
Minimal corrosion factors Corrosion, bleaching challenges & risks
Qualifies for LEED points – compatible with Green Cleaning policies Minimal potential for LEED points
Eliminates or reduces worker comp claims due to chemicals Chemicals result in frequent worker comp claims – produce insurance concerns
 Positive marketing message Negative message
Safer = happier, more satisfied employees Hazardous = unhappy, dissatisfied employees

 

ewater vs chemicals

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