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25 Jul 2018 8:13 AM | Cheryl Jackson
In today's world and in nearly every place on the globe, humans and non-humans share the massively serious problem of environmental contamination due to a daily barrage of largely, man-made toxins. In our effort to create faster, better, more powerful products and services, we often overlook the true cost we pay-- jeopardy to health.  

To fix this mammoth problem, we each have to start somewhere.  Why not in in the places we spend the most time--our homes, our jobs, our communities.  We can each start by deciding to take proactive steps, perhaps to recycle, and/or to be more conscientious about our buying power, and/or to demand that mega companies who produce harmful products take precautions and dedicate themselves to producing less harmful products without the loss of efficacy.  Each effort made toward reducing the impact of toxins in our world helps to create a better world.  

Choosing the right cleaning products and services is a great place to get serious about making the environment healthier.  Although lots of people are becoming aware, many still do not truly realize the toxic impact that traditional cleaning products negatively contribute to our health and that of our families.  Green products, on the other hand, offer superior benefits to people and to the environment.   According to iSustainableEarth's online article called "The Benefits of Green Cleaning Products", "using green products can lessen the negative effects of sanitary practices and cleaning operations to the environment around us. Going green when cleaning can lessen water pollution, air pollution, climate change, and ozone depletion."  (posted Jan 9, 2012 in Green Products by Contributing Writer).

Also, traditional cleaning products often used include chlorine bleach, which can irritate the eyes, skin and lungs, petroleum distillates found in oven cleaning products, and ammonia or ammonia based products which can burn the skin, is extremely irritating to upper respiratory passages and poisonous if ingested. Using these and other products like these on a continuous basis nearly guarantees health problems as well as compounded issues to the world's natural resources.

Going green is one of the easiest, most impactful shifts consumers and cleaning companies can make toward creating healthier surroundings.  Green products and services help lower risks that traditional cleaning products filled with toxins produce.  Another plus for going green is cost.  Lots of green products cost less.  It's a win/win situation!  Traditional vs. Green cleaning; go GREEN and stay healthy!  To find your certified green cleaner visit


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