Environmentally responsible or 'green' products are of particular interest to many of our customers today. We have responded to this need by creating Kemsol Green products, a subsidiary specialist green cleaning & hygiene brand, manufactured in NZ. Born in 2006, the brand satisfied the need for differentiating a select group of new environmentally responsible, criteria-based formulations, as well as creating a sensible home for products acquiring Environmental Choice Licensing.* Kemsol Green simply represents a safer approach to commercial and institutional cleaning, with products made to the very highest environmentally responsible standards in NZ.
Put simply "green cleaning" refers to “cleaning to protect health without harming the environment”. Kemsol Green products embody not just the chemical products, but equipment, procedures, policies and training. As part of our progressive Green policies, all parts of the manufacturing process are sustainable, from raw materials and formulations, all the way to packaging.
For a full explanation of our environmental standards, please ask us for a copy of “Kemsol Green Environmental Criteria”.
For additional endorsement of Kemsol Green, we are proud to partner with Environmental Choice New Zealand (ECNZ), a trusted, independent third-party Green licensing programme, that assesses and rates various aspects of a business, or specific products on sustainability, environmental safety and performance. Creating products that are ECNZ licensed means that you can breathe easy, knowing that you’re using verified guilt-free, quality and compliant Green products.
For more information on Environmental Choice licensing, head to the ECNZ website to find out more.
As demand and production of “greener” raw materials increases, price should correspondingly fall. This trend is already occuring although generally pricing is still higher than some traditionally sourced raw materials.
Big steps have been made in recent times to analyse and document standards of biodegradability and in-use safety levels.
Always ask for which safety or biodegradable standards are being referred to with any manufacturer or distributor claims. Remember, it is not just the product that needs to be considered; Safety and inuse education for the user are vital to ensure low cost-per-clean are maintained, are undertaken in a safe, waste minimised and effective manner.
This is a pattern of development that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment - or, producing so that needs can be met on an ongoing basis - not at the cost of the resource base available. Petrochemically sourced raw materials, for example, are not currently considered sustainable.
The key here is to make sure that sustainable sources (such as palm oil) are not promoted at the expense or the detriment of other environmental aspects, such as wildlife, natural flora and fauna, and the general livelihood of the local population.
Always look for published and transparent standards.
It is not enough for business to produce a friendly looking logo; they must produce clearly stated standards, measures and references.
These all have obvious benefits and should always be considered with the cleaning program - as long as their introduction does not limit or increase environmental impact or unduly increase staff input or reduce staff safety, as a consequence.
Green cleaning is a path, not a destination. Start taking the journey.