Custodial Sustainable Initiatives

Prepared by: Patti Sabrowski, Custodial Manager

Our Intent: To reduce the environmental impacts of cleaning products, disposable janitorial paper products, and trash bags.

Our Plan: To use a cleaning product line for our staff and students that honors the environment, personal health and wellness, and the natural ecological balance.

Custodial Cleaning Products

All of the following products carry these seals of approval  Designed for the Environment, US EPA, Green Seal Certified, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Carpet and Rug Institute CRI), Canada’s Environmental Choice Programs, and U.S. General Services Administration.

  • Bathroom Cleaner & Scale Remover
  • Neutral Floor and Hard Surface Cleaner
  • Containers are 100% Recyclable

Student Use Cleaning Products

The Green Works line made by Clorox is supplied for student use. All products have the EPA’S Design for the Environment US approval except for the Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner.

  • Green Works Natural Glass and Surface Cleaner
  • Green Works Natural Bathroom Cleaner

These products are made of: plant derived cleaning agents, essential lemon oils, corn-based alcohol, earth base minerals, and filtered water. The ingredients are biodegradable and made form renewable resources. Other products we are planning to implement are Eco Concepts Graffiti Remover and High Performance Cleaner and Degreaser. Both of theses products have the EPA’s Design for the Environment Program.

Paper Products

Georgia Pacific Green by Design. Georgia Pacific is committed to delivering products that make a difference for the planet and its customers. Supporting the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, GP is leading the industry in reducing, reusing and recycling for a healthier environment. Products we are using:

  • GP MAX 2000 Unbleached Roll Towel
  • GP Bigfold Folded Paper Towel
  • GP Compact Coreless 2-ply Bath Tissue
  • GP Brawny Industrial Medium Wiper
  • Enmotion Unbleached Roll Towel
  • Angel Soft Toilet Paper

All Products are post consumer based and EPA compliant. To be EPA compliant you must have a minimum of 40% recycled content on roll towels and 20% recycled content on bath tissue. Post consumer fiber is recovered fiber that has been successfully used by a consumer for its intended purpose, has been successfully recovered through a waste collection or recycling program, and is once again being utilized as material used in making a new product. ‘Recycled fiber content' means those materials and by-products that have been recovered by the manufacturer and have never been in the hands of the consumer.

We will continue to research products that are 100% recycled and could require a change in our current dispensing systems which are not reusable.

Hand Soap and Sanitizer

  • Green Certified Foam Hand Soap – Colorless and fragrance free with a 100% recyclable container.
  • Enmotion Foam Soap with Moisturizers – Dye and fragrance free with a 100% recyclable container.
  • Antimicrobial soap – 20% mix of post recycled; California VOC Code Compliant; DEHP free, PVC free, latex free.

Trash/Compost Liners

  • Trash Liners - Liners are manufactured with a minimum of 10% Post-Consumer Recycled materials.  Liners meet EPA recommended recycled content guidelines for plastic trash liners.
  • Natur-Bag Compost Liners – engineered for the toughest organic waste collection jobs.  The liners are printed with certified compostable logos and information.  Liners meet the ASTM D6400 Standard for Compostability, fully compost in 180 days, and are Certified Compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI).

Miscellaneous Products

All products listed meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements.

  • 3M Sky Blue Burnishing Floor Pad
  • 3M Purple Diamond Floor Pad
  • 3M White Floor Pad
  • 3M Red Buffing Pad
  • 3M Brown Stripper Pad
  • 3M Black Stripper Pad
  • Swinger Loop Wet Mop
  • Renown 63 Light Duty Sponge
  • Renown 98 Scouring Pad
  • Microfiber Cloths
  • Microfiber Wand Duster Cover
  • Rubbermaid Laundry Mesh Bag
  • Bobrick Contura Sanitary Napkin Disposal Container
  • Mini Pro 4GL Carpet Extractor Windsor Sensor Vacuums
  • Easy Scrub Tool Flat Mop with Holder
  • Radius Cordless Mini Vacuum