TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT — the long-needed overhaul
Like all things out of Washington, it’s what happens now that matters. After years of talk about the need to overhaul the TSCA, it’s looking like something might actually happen. While many of us moan about ever-increasing regulations and government interference (with good reason), the TSCA is one of those examples where some regulating and “interference” is badly needed.
Agreement has finally been reached on how to overhaul the 40-year-old law that governs US chemicals policy after several false starts. Key Democrats and Republicans arrived at a compromise measure that was unveiled yesterday. The proposal is expected to pass both chambers of Congress imminently, and head to President Obama’s desk for signing before the end of the month.
This legislation to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which originally passed the House by near unanimous consent in June 2015 and cleared the Senate in December 2015, is the product of three years of intense negotiations between a key group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Read more of the story here…
Why is this important, you ask? It’s pretty basic:
- Americans assume that chemicals used to make products like toys and food containers sold in the U.S. are regulated and tested for safety — while some substances are (you know of BPA in plastics probably) — the vast majority are not
- When passed into law, TSCA grand-fathered in more than 60,000 chemicals that were in existence prior to 1976; only 200 of the original 60,000 chemicals have been tested for safety; some uses of only 5 of these toxic substances have been restricted
- Over 80,000 chemicals have been on the market and available for use since the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted in 1976. EPA has required very few of these to be tested for their impacts on human health and the environment.
- TSCA allows chemical manufacturers to keep the ingredients in some chemicals secret — nearly 20 percent of the 80,000 chemicals are secret, according to EPA.
- Read more about it…
So, yes, this is big news. HOW big will become clear down the road. We appreciate the chemical industry and the incredible world of chemistry — it has made modern life possible. But based on the knowledge we now have about the reality of harsh chemicals, it only makes sense to overhaul the act.
eWater cleans the TPC Clubs!
Hey golf fans! This past weekend saw The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Florida, and in our own backyard here in Raleigh, The REX Hospital Open (part of the Web.com Tour) at TPC Wakefield Plantation. What do these two clubs have in common (other than being part of TPC)? Both clubs are using The eWater® System instead of conventional chemicals for cleaning. Two beautiful clubhouses that have replaced chemicals with something better and safer for people, property and the planet.
At TPC Wakefield (part of The McConnell Group), Chief Engineer, Jason Howell said, “”I find the aqueous ozone to be as effective as the chemicals it has replaced — maybe even a little more effective due to the decreased concern of bleaching clothes or carpets.” When asked about the reaction of his staff and cleaning with ozone ewater, he answered, “The reaction from the staff has been very positive, even though it takes some getting used to because at first it feels like you’re just cleaning with plain water. It’s great to be reducing the amount of potentially harmful and expensive chemicals, and to have a seemingly endless supply of cleaner on hand.”
Two premier clubs that are part of a growing network of golf and recreational clubs that are turning to the safe and effective cleaning power of ozone for their facility maintenance. Customers include North Ridge CC, Sedgefield CC, Old North State CC, CC of Asheville, Treyburn CC, Carolina CC and Forsythe CC.
Steve Ashkin at Carolina’s CMAA Spring Event
Our thanks go out to Steve Ashkin, The Ashkin Group, for visiting us in Raleigh this week. Steve came to town with the support of Tersano, to speak at the Spring Education Event for the Carolina’s chapter of the CMAA (Club Manager’s Association of America). Known as “the father of green cleaning”, Steve’s presentation focused the audience on the importance of developing green cleaning programs and provided practical steps for getting there.
The main points of his advice to club managers included:
- Understand your power as a purchaser — every purchase creates an opportunity to support better, healthier ways of delivering cleaning — voting with your dollars as it were
- Instead of focusing on being clean, focus on health and safety — if you do, the appearance factor of cleaning will take care of itself
- Reduce the overall volume of consumption (paper towels, chemicals, energy) by learning to be more efficient, and by choosing more efficient products or materials
- Have a written policy to make clear your commitment to better practices for a safer workplace and healthier planet
- Engage your stakeholders – don’t go it alone — implement a “green team”, with members from each department, that becomes the driver for better practices
- Equip the staff with education — since labor is 60-70% of costs your team needs to know how to do their jobs effectively and efficiently
- Measure what you do — have a way of tracking your processes and improvements
- Embrace continuous improvement — recognize that innovation happens in the cleaning industry as well — new technologies are changing the face of cleaning
Thanks again to Steve, Tersano and the great folks at Carolina’s CMAA.
aqueous ozone on gym floors
Aqueous ozone on gym floors? Yes! It really works.
Visiting with our friends at Enloe High School yesterday. After several months of proving the value of the aqueous ozone throughout the school it was time to test in on the gym floor. Understandably the athletic folks at the school wanted to ensure that the ewater wouldn’t hurt the finish, but they said, “ok, test it” after seeing how well it worked on other surfaces.
So KC, the head custodian, loaded up fresh aqueous ozone into the auto-scrubber and tested a small section. The dirty water that came out (after just a five-minute test) was proof that the “clean” floor really needed the gentle power of the aqueous ozone ewater!
Conclusion? The coaches tested the improved traction, noted the visible improvement and said, “when can you do the entire floor?” Success, KC… way to go! That’s what happens when you put aqueous ozone on gym floors!
Water RICH Water POOR
Water rich water poor … something to think about.
Everything we can do to stop wasting and polluting the water we have is not only the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing to do. Replacing cleaning chemicals with safe, non-impacting engineered water technologies is a great step in that direction.
And that’s just the beginning. Check out some of the ways being water rich or water poor impacts daily life.
Water scarcity is the lack of sufficient available water resources to meet water needs within a region. It affects every continent and around 2.8 billion people around the world at least one month out of every year. More than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water.
Water scarcity involves water stress, water shortage or deficits, and water crisis. While the concept of water stress is relatively new, it is the difficulty of obtaining sources of fresh water for use during a period of time and may result in further depletion and deterioration of available water resources. Water shortages may be caused by climate change, such as altered weather patterns including droughts or floods, increased pollution, and increased human demand and overuse of water. A water crisis is a situation where the available potable, unpolluted water within a region is less than that region’s demand. Water scarcity is being driven by two converging phenomena: growing freshwater use and depletion of usable freshwater resources.
Introduction to Aqueous Ozone
An introduction to the function and value of aqueous ozone. Without a doubt, these engineered water technologies are the future of cleaning.
Aqueous ozone (or as we call it, ozone ewater) is a versatile cleaning product that cleans, deodorizes and sanitizes – all at the same time. The product is effective due to the presence of ozone in the water – and nothing else. That is, no chemicals, which means no residue, no risk to personnel, no harm to the environment. Nothing is “greener” than aqueous ozone!
Aqueous ozone and Carolina Country Club
Decisions to “go green” (or, “more green” for those who have been making the effort) are happening everyday in all categories of business. Take the world of golf, for example. Surrounded by literal green and greens, the golf industry has a strong recent history of trying to minimize their impact on the environment, considering the importance of nature to their mission.
To that end, eWater Advantage is please to recognize and congratulate Carolina Country Club for their latest commitment to human & environmental health. When presented with the benefits of The eWater System, Carolina Country Club saw an important opportunity to further enhance their efforts towards sustainability and personnel & member health.
Using The eWater System allows Carolina Country Club to maintain a clean and healthy facility without the use of potentially harsh chemicals products. The potential harm of cleaning chemicals is well documented, but viable alternatives have not been easy to come by. While there are effective and truly “green chemistry” cleaners, overall, compared to conventional chemicals, green products are regarded as either less effective, or too expensive — or both. The ozone ewater produced by the technology of The eWater System, changes all that. Not only does The eWater System replace glass cleaners, detergents, floor cleaners, carpet shampoos, all-purpose cleaners and more, producing the product on-site means far less packaging waste ends up in landfills, and the carbon impact of transporting packaged products is eliminated.
Carolina Country Club was established in 1910 and has remained at its original location since inception. The Club, as one of the nation’s best private clubs, has been recognized as a five-star Platinum Club by a respected industry survey of peer club managers and presidents and recently earned the designation of a distinguished Emerald Club of the World by Boardroom Magazine. The membership enjoys first class facilities in all areas including golf, tennis, wellness, youth, pool, food and beverage service, with each area led by an experienced and talented group of managers and professionals.
Safe cleaning products – a custodian’s story.
Safe cleaning products matter.
Here’s a great testimonial about the value and real importance of safer cleaning technologies from someone who knows — a professional custodian. Aqueous ozone technologies make a bigger difference than just how they clean.
Safe cleaning products start with on-site systems producing water-based cleaners like aqueous ozone.
Kudos to The Angus Barn
eWater Advantage would like to recognize The Angus Barn, of Raleigh, NC, for their leadership in sustainability. The Angus Barn, which demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainability in other ways, saw an important opportunity to further enhance the experience they offer by utilizing engineered water.
Knowing the importance of a healthy environment for employees and guests, The Angus Barn has been using engineered water for two years to assist in maintaining a clean and healthy dining environment. The iconic restaurant adopted eWater technology in order to minimize the use of chemical cleaners, having become aware of the health risks posed by conventional chemicals in general. The potential of skin or throat irritations for employees can be eliminated or greatly reduced by using ewater products.
Likewise, the impact on the environment is important to The Angus Barn. Using eWater technologies that produce these safe cleaning products on-site, means the elimination of packaging waste and empty containers constantly going into landfills. Add to that eliminating the transport requirements of an annual supply of packaged chemicals, and the move to on-site generation provides a big impact as a carbon off-set.
The Angus Barn (founded in 1960) is a North Carolina institution known for its steaks, local support and strong commitment to the environment. Devoted to recycling, composting and energy conservation, this 700-seat, high-end restaurant added the use engineered water for its environmental and personnel value.
Petco Park cleans with aqueous ozone
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.
Better, safer for people, property and profit.