Ecogreen Carpet, Tile & Upholstery Care
How does the company you are nominating exemplify the concept of “reducing”?
We (EcoGreen)reduce our impact on the environment everyday by using nothing but Earth-Friendly cleaning solutions. All of our products are derived from plants and vegetable seeds and are easily bio degradable. There are no volatile organic compounds, phosphates, perfumes or other toxic chemicals in any of our cleaners. Any paper products that we do currently use such as invoices, business cards, and brochures are printed on post-consumer recycled paper stock. We moved all of our scheduling to an online form and are in the process of doing away with paper invoices, instead we will be offering electronic invoices.
How does the company you are nominating exemplify the concept of “reusing”?
We reuse everything that we possible can from scraps of paper, to our cleaning solution containers, to card board boxes. We re-purpose most cardboard that we receive into furniture protectors and once they have been used a time or 2, then they get recycled as well. We order most of our cleaning solutions in 50 gallon containers that get returned to the manufacturer to be refilled time and time again. We also reuse any smaller bottles that we may get by continuing to refill them ourselves.
What is this company’s recycling policy and practice?
Once our reused containers start to lose their labels or become scuffed up and unsightly, we then place them for recycling. The cardboard boxes that we re-purpose into furniture blocks after usually one or 2 uses we recycle them as well as any and all paper that we use. All of our print materials are on post-consumer recycled paper as well.
How is this company engaging and informing consumers and employees about the 3 “Rs” and other sustainable practices?
We encourage our clients to reuse anything that we may leave behind, or to recycle where recycling is available. Because none of the products we use are harmful to our environment, we have had employees reuse our cleaning solution containers once they are no longer useful to use as planters for vegetable and herb gardens.
What else would you like us to know about this company?
Ecogreen Carpet, Tile and Upholstery Care is the only place to call if you want Earth Friendly cleaning for your furniture or flooring in the Tucson area. If it is not Earth Friendly, then we will not stock it on our trucks or in our shop! We lose money every day to our “competitors” who say they are Earth Friendly, yet continue to offer toxic ingredients, such as certain carpet/furniture protectors and tile/grout sealers to their clients. While there are few of these products on the market today that are considered Earth friendly, we have yet to find an effective product for those services that we feel does a good enough job to justify asking our clients to give up their hard earned money. Our integrity and reputation, as well as our health, your health and the health of our planet are more important to us then the up sale that other companies continue to push. We are serious about being green and want to harbor good practices now so that maybe future generations won’t have to suffer any more than they already are going to. When we first started out, there were almost no green cleaning supplies in our industry and we set out to change that! In the past 9 years through trial and some errors we have found a superior combination of cleaning solutions, equipment as well as the knowledge and skills to take care of even the dirtiest of carpet, tile and upholstery without the damaging effects to our environment and our health because of the toxic ingredients in traditional carpet cleaning chemicals that have been used for decades.