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Cleaning

A real issue for those in food processing and the manufacturing sector is the high quantities of water and detergent use associated with cleaning equipment.

bacteria--black_19-127465You can review the chemicals and detergents that are used and where possible use those with less harsh ingredients for the environment.

Also make an effort to explore alternative water delivery to ensure efficient water use.

Find out more in Australia by referring to specific accreditation schemes, consultants and training agencies that can give you a hand. Try some of the groups below
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)
Cleaning products certified against GECA’s CPv2.2-2012 standard have been independently tested and:

  • do not contain chemicals that cause cancer, genetic mutations, or reproductive damage – including formaldehyde and perchloroethylene.
  • are low in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which contribute to air pollution as well as conditions such as asthma, allergies and headaches.
  • use either Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified palm oil, or offset palm oil use via GreenPalm. This limits the destruction of habitat for endangered species and protects peatlands, which are reservoirs for large amounts of CO2.
  • are readily biodegradable, reducing their persistence and impact on the environment.
  • contain no phosphorus and low levels of sodium, which contribute to environmental problems such as algal blooms and salinity.
  • only use enzymes and microorganisms which meet stringent health and safety requirements.
  • use minimal packaging, made of environmentally preferable materials.
  • do not make unsubstantiated claims, or ‘greenwash’.
  • are manufactured with minimised resource consumption and waste production.

Click here for more information about cleaning products standard,  CPv2.2-2012 .

All cleaning products certified against GECA’s 17-2007* standard have been independently tested, and:

  • are free from environmentally toxic chemicals including APEOs, triclosan, benzalkonium chloride, butoxyethanol and EDTA– many of which are also dubious in terms of human safety.
  • do not use chemicals known to cause cancer.
  • use only biodegradable surfactants, which quickly break down in the environment.
  • are low in phosphorus, which contributes to algal blooms and decreases water quality.
  • are low in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which contribute to air pollution as well as conditions such as asthma, allergies and headaches.
  • use recyclable plastic packaging, or recycled cardboard packaging.

Click here for more information about this standard and the products certified under it.

*This standard has been superseded by GECA 17-2012 Cleaning Products and is closed to further applications.

Find other certified GECA products here
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