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2017 Tips to Ensure Earth Day is Celebrated Every Day

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year, and this year marks the 47th anniversary!

Across the globe, this special day is celebrated with festivals, rallies, celebrity support, and more. Here at Mister Kleen, we enjoy celebrating this special day by helping our clients in their continual efforts to enhance building sustainability.

While we certainly enjoy celebrating Earth Day each year, we do want Earth Day to be celebrated every day. Here are some 2017 tips for you to make every day an Earth Day:

Switch from plastic (and paper) to reusable shopping bags

Reusable shopping bag

Did you know that plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1,000 years to decompose, and only one (1) percent of plastic bags are recycled in the United States? Also, it takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce an estimated 100 billion plastic bags used in the U.S. each year, and about one (1) million birds, thousands of turtles and other sea animals perish each year from ingesting discarded plastic bags.

Using reusable shopping bags is one of the easiest every day tactics you can use to reduce the impactful harm that plastic bags have on our environment.

Switch from bottled to filtered water 

filtered Water

Did you know that plastic (when not recycled) takes about 450 years to decompose? Americans purchase over half a billion bottles of water each week, and there are no real benefits to consuming it. In fact, most bottled water is deemed to be overpriced tap water, which ends up contributing to over 1.5 million tons of plastic in our landfills each year.

Switching from bottled water to filtrated water is one of the fastest, easiest, and smartest actions you can take to reduce this plastic material from ending up in our landfills. You can also save a substantial amount of money each year. Check out this cost comparison of bottled water versus filtered water here.

The environmental impact of filtered water is much lower than bottled water.

Save waste by switching from regular batteries to rechargeable batteries

Rechargeable Batteries

There are many batteries, and the most common and readily available ones come in sizes such as A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9-Volt, or NiMH. Most people do not realize the impact regular single-use batteries have on our environment. Corrosive materials, heavy metals, and many other chemicals result in bad news for our environment when improperly disposed of. Rechargeable batteries on the other hand have a much less impact on our environment. Also, rechargeable batteries can be used over and over, and they consume up to 23 times less non-renewable natural resources than your standard single-use batteries. This results in you saving money, conserving resources, and better protecting our environment.

Shop at a local farmers market

Farmer's Market

Shopping at a local farmer’s market reduces pollution since small, local growers tend to use more sustainable practices, which includes fewer greenhouse gas emissions associated with transporting food from long distances.

Not sure where to find the nearest farmers market? Just type in the phrase, “Where to find the nearest farmers market near me” on Google and the search results will show you what is available nearby.

If you are interested in taking this one step further, then why not consider joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) co-op, where you can pay ahead of time for several months’ worth of food, and in return, you can get a box of fresh vegetables every week. You can find a local CSA at www.localharvest.org.

Use reusable microfiber cleaning cloths

Microfiber cleaning cloths

Why waste money on paper towels when you can use reusable microfiber cleaning cloths? These nifty cleaning costs not only save you money when buying paper products, but they are also an excellent multi-purpose cleaning tool to remove dirt and debris from your desk, computer, sunglasses, phone, car, and so much more.

Turn off lights every time you leave the room to save energy

Light switch

Did you know that 44% of electricity use in office buildings comes from light alone? When you exit the room, please be sure to turn off your lights.

Some lights have timers that will automatically shut off. These might be a cost effective measure to implement. Also, keep an eye out for Energy Star labels on light bulbs. Switching to these light bulbs will save money on electricity and reduce your carbon footprint by two-thirds.

LED

Speaking of lightbulbs, have you considered purchasing LED bulbs? Your typical light bulb will use 60 watts whereas a LED only uses 10. LED light bulbs have dropped in price over the years as well, and they can last up to 25 times longer than your traditional light bulb. Not only does this save you money (in some cases in excess of $100 or more), but it will also help cut down on wasteful electricity use.

Use a coffee cup instead of disposable cups

Reusable coffee mug

You can save a lot of money by having your building occupants use reusable coffee cups versus disposable cups. Encourage your building occupants to bring their own cups from home, and maybe even have a contest to celebrate the individual who has the most memorable coffee cup. Perhaps this can be a regular contest to encourage people to bring in their favorite cups but to also help reduce the use of disposable cups.

Mister Kleen is a leading provider of contract cleaning services to Commercial and High Security facilities since 1976. Our primary service area is the DC Metro region. We also provide a variety of interior and exterior specialty services.

Earth Day 2016

Today is the 46th anniversary of Earth Day! The very first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 in the U.S., and was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson.As a certified GS-42 Green Kleening company, Earth Day is a special day for us at Mister Kleen. We are extremely passionate about sustainability, especially within the facilities we Kleen (clean).

To carry out our annual tradition and celebration at Mister Kleen, we are featuring some interesting facts below that may help you generate some ideas to be more sustainable this 2016:

 

Recycling one aluminum can save enough electricity to run a TV for 3 hours

 

Recycling one glass bottle or jar saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours

 

Recycling one ton of plastic saves the equivalent of 1,000–2,000 gallons of gasoline

 

More than 30 million trees are cut down to produce a year’s supply of newspapers

 

A ton of paper made from recycled paper saves:

 

    • 7,000 gallons of water
    • Between 17 and 31 trees
    • 60 pounds of air pollutants

 

Recycling a pound of steel saves enough energy to light a 60-watt light bulb for 26 hours

 

Americans recycle only 5% of all the plastics produced in this country

 

Americans use 100 million steel cans and 200 million aluminum beverage cans every day

 

One drip per second from a faucet wastes 540 gallons of water a year

 

It takes between 400 and 500 years for a Styrofoam cup to decompose. It takes an orange peel six months to decompose

Today, almost 22% of the glass produced in the United States is recycled

 

Happy Earth Day!!

 

Mister Kleen is a leading provider of contract cleaning services to Commercial and High Security facilities since 1976. Our primary service area is the DC Metro region. We also provide a variety of interior and exterior specialty services.

Sustainable Tips Just in Time for Earth Day

With Earth Day 2015 now here, we’re all thinking about our environmental footprint. While it’s important that we all do our best to stay green in our daily lives, the organizations that we are a part of can be much more impactful just by making a few easy adjustments.

In conjunction with our tips from last year, below are more helpful suggestions that can turn your environment into a green sustainability machine!

Flip the Light Switch

Flip the Light Switch

Did you know that 44% of electricity use in office buildings comes from light alone? Turning off a light when you leave the room just might be the easiest and most effective thing that you can do.

Some lights have timers that will automatically shut them off, and these might be a cost-effective measure to implement. Also, keep an eye out for Energy Star labels on lightbulbs. If you aren’t using these, switching to them will save money on electricity and reduce your footprint by two thirds.

Posting reminders next to switches can be helpful too; remember that it’s a group effort!

Buy LED Light Bulbs

Buy LED Light Bulbs

Why use 60 watts for your everyday light bulb when the LED bulb only uses 10 to produce the same amount of light? LED bulbs have dropped in price over the years and can last up to 25 times longer than your traditional light bulbs. Also, LED bulbs can save you money (in some cases in excess of $100 or more) over their lifetime.

Be Smart At the Printer

Be Smart at the Printer

Save the trees by printing on both sides of the paper, and make sure to recycle all of your old ink cartridges. Ask yourself what could be stored online or shared in an email rather than a print out.

Recycle

Recycle

If your office break room doesn’t have a recycling bin, consider getting one. Recycling paper, glass, and metal is great for the environment, and easy to do.

Reduce & Reuse

Reduce and Reuse

Why waste money on paper towels when you can use reusable products, like a microfiber cleaning cloth? Not only do these nifty cleaning cloths save you money, they’re also an excellent multi-purpose cleaning tool to remove dirt & debris from your desk, computer, phone, sunglasses, inside your car, and more.

Buy a New Toilet That Uses 1.28 Gallons Per Flush Or Less

New Toilet

You can save a lot of gallons of clean drinking water per day just by switching from a toilet that uses 1.6 to 1.28 gallons per flush. Look for models with a Water Sense label as these are not only efficient, they also meet a variety of flushing performance requirements.

Avoid Pouring Anything Down Storm Drains

Avoid Storm Drains

Storm drains lead to the bay, and most sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants do not remove poisonous cleaners, which can make their way to our ocean putting animals in harm’s way. Click here for more information provided by the EPA on hazardous waste disposal tips.

Take Your Devices Off Their Chargers Once Fully Charged

Device Charger

Portable electronics such as wireless phones, headsets, cordless mice and keyboards that recharge should be taken off their charger when they are fully charged to save electricity and heat. While it may not amount to much in savings of electricity per device, this can add up if everyone partakes in this simple step.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the importance of things like recycling and turning off the lights, but it’s important that everybody pitches in. We hope you find this year’s tips beneficial to use at work, home, in school, and share them with your friends!

 Mister Kleen is a leading provider of contract cleaning services to Commercial and High Security facilities since 1976. Our primary service area is the DC Metro region. We also provide a variety of interior and exterior specialty services.

10 Earth Day Tips to Practice Each Day

Earth Day is a special day as millions of people celebrate and promote sustainable best practices for a healthier planet.

Each year Mister Kleen participates in Earth Day events. At these events we’re able to educate occupants inside commercial and high security facilities of our sustainable cleaning practices and the impact on their overall health and well-being.

 

Though Earth Day only takes place once per year it can serve as a starting point for many people to make better choices in protecting our planet. After all, it’s the simple everyday changes that can result in healthier habits.

Below are ten tips you can incorporate each day to promote a healthier planet earth:

1) Take reusable bags to the grocery store or mall. If you happen to live near a Wegmans then stop by one of their locations on Saturday, April 26th from 11 am to 3 pm to exchange your plastic bag(s) for a free reusable bag they are giving away (first 300 customers).

 

2) Use a coffee mug instead of disposable cups. Places like Starbucks offer discounts when you bring in your own reusable mug.

 

3) Green your workout by going for a run, walk or bike ride on local trails and paths versus indoor equipment that uses a ton of power. Check out www.traillink.com to find local trails.

 

4) Use refillable plastic or aluminum water bottles to reduce your cost and toxic contribution to the local landfill.

 

5) Place living plants throughout your home and office to enhance the indoor air quality. Many plants act as a natural air scrubber. In 24 hours some plants can remove up to 87% of toxic indoor air.

 

6) Use water efficiently. While the earth appears to have an abundance of water only one percent of that water is available for human consumption.

Don’t run the dishwasher until it’s full, run a full laundry cycle, purchase water efficient fixtures and products, and fix those leaks!

 

7) Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Use products that reduce the number of chemicals being used, find ways to reuse products before throwing them away, and whatever you do recycle products that are recyclable!

 

8) Compost food scraps and kitchen waste. These items will decompose and return to the soil naturally, and it will also save you money on fertilizers.

 

9) Don’t top off your gas tank when refueling during hot weather. Wait until the early morning or evening when the weather is cooler to avoid any fuel spills that evaporate and add to air pollution.

 

10) Use public transportation, carpool, walk, or bike whenever possible to reduce air pollution and save on fuel costs. If you are able to work from home versus commuting to an office then by all means do so as this will help reduce your carbon footprint.

 

While there are many more tips to share, this can be a good start to begin practicing a more sustainable lifestyle in 2014.

Happy Earth Day!

Mister Kleen is a leading provider of contract cleaning services to Commercial and High Security facilities since 1976. Our primary service area is the DC Metro region. We also provide a variety of interior and exterior specialty services.