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Take a green approach to school cleaning

Cleaning products are necessary to keep your school free of germs and dirt. But using the wrong products could have a negative effect on the environment and the health of your students, teachers and staff.

Buildings where green cleaning products are used experience lower costs and reduced chemical use. These products are safer and deliver high-quality results with minimal environmental impact.

Going green in your school can also educate workers and students alike so that environmentally conscious decisions will continue beyond the campus and contribute to a cleaner, healthier world for everyone.

Here are a few tips for making sure the products used in your school are safe for students, staff and the environment:

1. Look at the label

If you see a Safer Choice, Green Seal or EcoLogo label on a cleaning product, you can feel better about using it in classrooms and schools. Products with these labels have been reviewed by reputable third parties and are considered effective and safer for the environment and human health.

2. Rethink paper and liners

Massive amounts of towel and tissue waste end up in landfills, and their production and processing have a huge environmental impact. To reduce it, consider following the Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for bathroom tissue (20%-60% postconsumer fiber) and paper towels (40%-60% postconsumer fiber).

Also, look for can liners containing recycled and postconsumer content. These small steps can go a long way in lessening the environmental strain of these products.

3. Choose the right equipment

In addition to the cleaners you use, pay close attention to the equipment used in the school.

Microfiber dusters not only clean more effectively than other products by capturing dust rather than pushing it around, but they also promote green cleaning (and reduce cost) because they don’t require constant replacement.

Also, energy-efficient vacuums and floor-cleaning machines that use HEPA filters can improve indoor air quality, which could lead to increased productivity and reduced absenteeism.

4. Go green, not only to clean

Going green doesn’t need to stop with cleaning products. Look for Safer Choice or other eco-friendly labels on products such as athletic field paints, odor removers, graffiti removers and hand soaps used in your school.


Not sure where to start? Click this link and browse product options that meet the Safer Choice standard.

Follow these tips and start doing your part to ensure a healthy planet for years to come and a healthy learning environment for your students, teachers and staff.

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The Compass Network

As a member of Compass Group North America, a $16 billion food and support services organization, SSC has an incredible array of resources at our fingertips, and we put those resources to work for our partners. Compass Group has existing relationships with institutions in all 50 states through its diverse family of business lines including Chartwells, Bon Appetit, FLIK, and Canteen.

Compass group brings unshakable financial stability to support our growth, allowing SSC to invest in innovations for our partners. This support also brings peace of mind to our partnerships by allowing us to take more risk and guarantee outcomes. We can even offer up-front capital investments for facility infrastructure improvements, leading to immediate and long-term financial payoff for your campus.