Posts Tagged ‘chemicals’

SUSTAINABILITY TRENDS FROM STYROFOAM TO SOLAR PANELS

Posted on: November 9th, 2015 by mark bauer No Comments

SUSTAINABILITY TRENDS

SUSTAINABILITY TRENDS.

A couple of years ago McDonald’s phased out serving coffee in styrofoam cups. I remember decades ago when my Big Mac stopped being served in the pale brown foam clam-shell. What began as “green” actions back then – ditching Styrofoam that didn’t decompose in landfills – has expanded to sustainability initiatives that address energy use, carbon production and the broader implications of living on a healthy planet.

What doesn’t get the media attention of “styrofoam reduction”, and therefore goes unseen by the public at large, are the sincere and serious efforts being made by businesses in the commercial building space for the sake of sustainability. Check out these examples from three incredible companies you’ve likely never heard of.

Prologis. Heard of them?  They operate over 3,100 industrial properties around the world. That amounts to some 670 million square feet of space, providing logistics for better known companies like Amazon, L’Oreal and Wal-Mart.   According to the 2014 Sustainability Report, Prologis has seen major successes like certification of 43 million square feet of sustainable properties and 400 million kilowatt hours of energy savings from energy-efficient lighting and solar panel production. That’s enough energy to power over 40,000 homes.

Hines. Heard of them? An experienced developer of more than 273 million square feet of top-flight commercial office space in 19 countries. Of their 875 properties, half of them have achieved green building certifications such as LEED and Energy Star! This reflects serious commitment to minimal energy use, greenhouse gas reduction and responsible facility maintenance.

Kane Realty. Heard of them? A leader in mixed-use developments blending office, retail and residential in dynamic settings. Take the North Hills development in Raleigh, NC, where Kane Realty initiatives have made an example of making sustainability a priority in practical ways. For example: Emissions-free, electric G.E.M. vehicles to shuttle shoppers, electric vehicle charging stations, solar energy production with nifty online displays and the use of engineered water technologies.

So while well-known companies like McDonald’s receive press for laudable decisions like phasing out non-biodegradable packaging, here’s to recognizing all the companies like Prologis, Hines and Kane who are quietly making huge contributions to sustainability in ways that are seldom recognized.

And so the sustainability trends go.

Celebrating #NoChemicals

Posted on: November 2nd, 2015 by mark bauer No Comments

Hi – my name is Graham. I’m a millennial, and this is my #NoChemicals story. I was raised in the typical American suburban home. Growing up, it was common for my parents to use chemical cleaning products to clean around the house – ok so in reality my mom cleaned up after my Dad using chemical cleaning products. I had never recognized just how dangerous this was until recently when I discovered eWater Advantage®.

It was common for my parents to use cleaning products that contained the chemical Triclosan. This is a common chemical found in most liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soaps that come labeled as “antibacterial”. This is a chemical that I’ve learned causes environmental harm when it’s in dangerous levels in rivers and lakes.

#NoChemicals Cleaning ChemicalsIn multipurpose cleaners, particularly window cleaners, a chemical called 2-butoxyethanol is the key ingredient. The health risks associated with this chemical are abundant. This has been known to cause sore throats when inhaled, though at high levels it can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage.

Perchlorethylene (AKA “Perc”) is found in spot removers, and some carpet and upholstery cleaners. Perc is a nasty little neurotoxin, and the EPA classifies perc as a “possible carcinogen” as well. Some people who live near high usage of Perc have reported dizziness, loss of coordination and other symptoms. The EPA is pushing hard to phase-out Perc in residential buildings by the year 2020, though California is going a step further to eliminate all use of Perc by 2023 because of the major health risks.

I was raised around these chemicals, in the form of cleaning products. The reason I grew up in an environment as dangerous as this is simply because we weren’t educated at that time to the dangers of these chemicals. The knowledge of the dangers of cleaning chemicals is just now coming to light for most of the general public. Now that I’m armed with this knowledge, it’s my goal to create a safer environment for my kids and the generations to come after them.

 

Now that we live in a time where we’re more educated about the dangers of cleaning chemicals, what will your #NoChemicals story be?

 

CLEANING IS ABOUT REMOVING POLLUTION NOT ADDING TO IT

Posted on: September 14th, 2015 by mark bauer No Comments

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Why do we clean? A big part of that answer is  to remove pollution – things that are harmful to people and/or the environment.  More than just because our mothers made us do it, we clean to keep our surroundings healthy. In the words of Green Seal (greenseal.org), “Cleaning should be an environmental enhancement, not a source of unintended pollution. By definition, cleaning is the removal of unwanted matter, contaminants, or pollutants from the environment, or the prevention of soiling; thus, it is—or should be—green. Cleaning is about removing pollution, not adding to it.”

The most common chemicals sold are cleaning chemicals. Your basic ‘spray & wipe’ glass cleaners, floor cleaners, bathroom cleaners, etc. Every building you’ll enter, every place you’ll visit, uses such products in their daily cleaning routine, except for a small but growing group who have made the switch to “green”. That is, green cleaning products, like those certified by Green Seal and other organizations.

According to U.S. Executive Order 13101, building managers should strive to use environmentally preferable products, which are defined as “products that have a lesser or reduced harmful effect on human health and the environment compared with products or services that serve the same purpose”.

Since your company or organization has already made the commitment to “remove pollution” and maintain healthy workspaces – by virtue of the daily cleaning routine – it’s time to recognize that current practices are often working against that commitment. By switching to products and technologies certified as green & sustainable, like products provided by eWater®, you’ll actual begin fulfilling that commitment to a healthy clean and truly begin to effective remove pollution from your surroundings.

 

Hotels & Restaurants – ewater’s the answer to harsh chemicals

Posted on: May 14th, 2012 by eWAteam

ewater eliminates harsh chemicals that cause eye damageLet’s face it — we live in a time of frantic attention being paid to illness outbreaks and the use of hazardous, harsh chemicals. Hotels, cruise ships, restaurants, theme parks — on any given day search for news stories on such topics and you’ll find current examples. Not that paying attention to germs and viruses is bad — we all want to eat and sleep and play safely so we want our restaurants and hotels clean.  But our news media loves to relay the drama and the impact lands squarely on the shoulders of hotel and restaurant managers.

eWater Advantage™ provides electrolyzed water and aqueous ozone technologies than combat the causes of illness outbreak without the use of harsh chemicals.

Learn about ewater cleaning  solutions from eWater Advantage™…

why eWater

Posted on: April 22nd, 2012 by eWAteam

Do you want to provide a safer, healthier workplace for employees and customers? Are you interested in sustainability or “going green”?  Do you want to save money? eWater Advantage™ has the solutions.

Since World War II we have become a chemically dominated society dependent upon chemicals for cleaning and disinfecting. Pesticides (disinfectants) now number some 20,000.  As the marketing machinery has ratcheted up the call for being “cleaner”, the strength of those products have increased to match our appetite for more germ-killing and being “healthier”. The result has been an explosion of cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting products for home and commercial use – and billions of gallons of chemicals flushed down our drains, fumes released into the air we breathe, and residues left on the surfaces we touch. why ewater

What began as a noble effort to be healthier through cleaning with chemicals, has resulted in chemicals that are compromising our health. In reality, the process for cleaning and killing germs has become a balancing act – balancing the removal of harmful germs for the sake of healthy environments, against the harmful impact of the chemicals on our employees, patients, customers, children, facilities and the environment.

Our ewater systems offer a comparable level of cleaning and sanitizing all without harmful chemicals. Learn about where it is being used – and get to know why eWater.