Petco Park, San Diego, CA, is using engineered water technology – in the form of aqueous ozone – to maintain a cleaner and healthy ballpark. That sounds great to us.
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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.
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.
In 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?
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.
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.