The mission of Earth Day is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide so the Earth can be protected for future generations. With Earth Day quickly approaching, now is a good time to evaluate the supplies you use daily. Even in an office setting, there are many supplies that can perform the duties you need while also being safe for Earth. Below we have picked some of our favorite office, cleaning, breakroom and janitorial supplies that are eco-friendly and safe to use in the office space.
This liquid soap is made with renewable plant-based and mineral materials. It can cut through tough messes and grease for a spot-free and sparkling clean result. It contains 0 percent fragrance, dyes and chlorine.
These cutlery kits are made from 100 percent recycled materials. They are break resistant and can accommodate hot temperature foods as well. This package contains 250 kits which include a fork, knife, spoon and soup spoon.
This stand-alone calendar is perfect for limited desk space and can complement any office space or environment. It’s made entirely from 100 percent recycled materials and wirebound at the top to ensure easy access to different pages.
This color safe bleach is made with 95 percent naturally derived ingredients. It doesn’t contain phosphorous, chlorine or bleach so it can clean and remove tough laundry stains without the use of harsh chemicals.
Made with recyclable materials, this durable binder with slant rings is ideal for frequent referencing. It is tear resistant and features a linen pattern for a high-quality look and feel. The two interior pockets make it easy to organize and secure papers in one place.
These hot cups are leak proof due to their interior lining. The smooth rolled rim makes it comfortable to drink from. They are made from 24 percent recycled materials so they are better for the earth and contain green benefits as well. They come in either a 50 or 20 pack.
This Deluxe Message Center provides a tiered back for easy access to writing instruments. They keep any envelopes or sticky notes readily available and have small compartments for clips, pins and more.
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Our Favorite Spring Cleaning Supplies
For many of us the Spring season brings blooming flowers, April showers and the dreaded task of spring cleaning. Has the cleanliness of your office been neglected this past Winter? No need to worry. Below we have pulled some of our must have spring cleaning products that provide a fast and easy solution to freshening up your office space.
Clorox bleach kills the leading viruses that cause the common cold and flu, MRSA, salmonella and much more. It’s suitable for food contact surfaces and ergonomically enhanced so it’s easy to handle and pour.
Clorox bleach pens removes tough stains like mold and mildew and its narrow point allows you to disinfect hard to reach places. It’s dual tipped so you will be able to distribute bleach without the risk of splashing or over spraying.
Being clean and going green go hand in hand when talking about effective facility maintenance. Reducing your carbon footprint starts with reducing the amount of waste you produce, the use of cleaning products with harmful chemicals, and amount of cleaning supplies and resources used in general. Implementing a facility maintenance plan that incorporates eco-friendly cleaning supplies and aims at efficiently utilizing products and resources to reduce waste, can help your company improve cleanliness, while reducing your carbon footprint. We outline the best facility maintenance practices as well as green janitorial supplies to keep in your inventory.
Facility Maintenance Best Practices
Use Commercial Entrance Mats
Commercial entrance matting can help reduce the amount of dust, dirt, and grime that is dragged into your facility. These sustainable products can help reduce the amount of time taken and cleaning products used to maintain your facility. Not only do these products help facility maintenance, but they can safeguard employees and staff members from slip and fall accidents.
Train Your Janitorial Staff
Having your facility maintenance staff fully aware of eco-friendly practices and products will help enhance the program. Also, it is important to emphasize simple, yet effective behavioral adjustments, such as turning off lights in rooms when they are not needed as well as powering off equipment, like fans and vacuums when they are not in use.
Make Recycling as Accessible as Possible
A major goal of any effective facility maintenance program is to dispose of waste as environmentally conscious as possible. Make recycling bins easily accessible to your staff and customers. Encourage employees to recycle plastic, paper, and more to reduce the carbon footprint of your building.
Incorporate Janitorial Cleaning During Normal Business Hours
According to a report by BOMA International, janitorial practices equate to approximately 25% of a facility’s weekly lighting expense. Janitorial teams traditionally work night shifts, draining the facility’s natural resources such as natural gas and oil far beyond the normal business hours. To reduce the amount of resources being used, try having your facility maintenance team work during the normal business hours; consequently, lighting and other resources can be saved during the nighttime hours, furthermore, reducing your operating costs.
This environmentally friendly, Green Seal certified hand wash is perfect for the restrooms of your facility. This soap is also certified by EcoLogo, a compliance standard for green products. Green Seal certified products are safe for employees and customers to use, made with a miniscule amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCS) and they are also biodegradable.
These recycled can liners from Earth Sense are linear and low density for your commercial needs. Make your waste disposal as eco-friendly as possible by using these liners that are made of 60% recycled content. These bags apply toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits.
Use these general purpose, Boardwalk Green paper towel on metals, ceramics, glass, and more. This Green Seal Certified product also can help your business earn LEED credits. The hardbound, roll of paper towels is made of recycled materials and features an embossed design.
The HYGEN Disposable Microfiber Cleaning Cloths remove 99.9% of bacteria and have built-in scrubbing fibers to remove tough stains. Use these cloths on mirrors and glass for a streak-free shine and don’t worry about smearing surfaces. These cloths are intended for use with the Rubbermaid HYGEN charging system, which is sold separately.
The Green Option Floor Sealer from Franklin Cleaning Technology helps to reduce the environmental impact of harmful compounds. The essential mix can help lengthen the life and aesthetics of your flooring. This sealer is ideal for use with low maintenance or high-speed floor cleaning systems. This product is truly eco-friendly with a Green Seal certification.
Make SourceOne Office Products your number one source for green facility maintenance supplies. We can help your business get on a regular delivery schedule of essential supplies. Contact us today for more information.
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One of the most important rooms in the office tends to get overlooked – the breakroom. Did you know it could impact your employees both physically and mentally? Physically because sitting over a desk can take a toll on your lower back if you don’t use the proper ergonomic furniture and mentally by affecting productivity. Having a happy and inviting breakroom where employees unwind can go a long way toward increasing your employee’s morale.
Tips for Creating a Functional Breakroom
Make it convenient. By having all the necessary amenities in your breakroom for workers to use, you are allowing them to enjoy themselves without the headaches of wondering where to heat up food or store it. You don’t need to break the bank either – start with a mini refrigerator, a coffee pot, and a microwave. If your budget allows get a full size fridge, complimentary coffee, and vending machines.
Make it fun. A simple way to make your breakroom more inviting is to splash its walls in a bright color. Offer magazines or newspapers so employees can detach themselves from the Internet and give their eyes a rest. Don’t forget about brain games like crosswords to keep minds stimulated. Also try offering coloring books and crayons because they have been proven to relieve an adult’s stress.
Make it edible. Complimentary coffee is one way to show employees that you care about them. Encourage a healthier workspace by having healthy snacks on hand. Just by stocking your breakroom with free snacks and drinks, you are encouraging employees to enjoy their break time and go back to work refreshed.
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Most people avoid touching obviously dirty things: garbage cans, toilets, etc. But what about things you touch everyday like a phone or computer? Do you think about who used it before you or before them? Here are nine things that you may not think are dirty but may just be grimier than the floor.
Your Breakroom’s Water Cooler
The spout that workers use to get hot/cold water from is rarely ever cleaned, I mean when is the last time you saw someone clean it? Once a week try disinfecting the spout in a bleach and water mixture.
A study showed that keyboards are actually dirtier than toilet seats — mental picture, right? During the experiment, scientists found traces of E. coli and staph.
Think about how many people touch one filing cabinet in one day to access files. When cleaning the office, don’t forget to wipe down the handles.
In today’s office, we are on and off our phones constantly. At the end of your work day, give your phone and headset a quick wipe down to keep germs at bay.
Water Fountain Buttons
Did you know that 62,000 to 2.7 million traces of bacteria per square have been found on water fountains?
If you work on a computer, you touch your mouse thousands of times in a day. We absent-mindedly touch our nose or a file and then go right back to the mouse. Keep hand sanitizer handy for those in between times.
Your Office Desk
Recently the notable Dr. Charles P. Gerba and The Clorox Company did a test that showed an office desk is 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat. The reason being is that most of us eat lunch at our desk two to three times a week and around 25 percent don’t wash our hands before.
Most coffee machines are cleaned but not cleaned thoroughly enough. Bacteria can grow quickly in moist, dark places like the water reservoir.
Pens get passed around in an office quite often. Most people don’t even realize they’re sharing their germs. When cleaning, don’t forget about those office supplies that you love.
Keep your Southern California office fully stocked with janitorial supplies that can disinfect and help keep germs away.
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When ordering office supplies, chances are the last thing you order are your janitorial and facility supplies. There are lots of choices out there and sometimes it is hard to choose which ones are right for your office. SourceOne has gathered this list of five breakthrough janitorial supplies that can help you make the right choice.
Rubbermaid® Commercial Slim Jim Waste Container, Rectangular, Plastic, 23gal, Gray
Plastic construction is rustproof
Small size to fit in small places
Won’t break under the highest pressure
3M LED Advanced Light Bulbs
Energy efficient designed to last 50,000 hours
Five year warranty
Dimmable bulb that uses 12 watts vs traditional 75 watt
Georgia Pacific® Professional High- Capacity Centerpull Bathroom Tissue Dispenser
Dispenses one sheet at a time
Helps to reduce cost and carbon footprint
Can stack multiple ones together
3M Ready- To- Use Glass Cleaner with Scotchgard
Makes glass easier to clean each time you use it
Works on glass, aluminum, steel and granite
Pleasant apple smell
GOJO® LTX- 12 Dispenser
Designed for high capacity use
Runs on batteries that if used correctly may never need to be changed