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Improved Air Quality in School Buildings Starts with Earth-Friendly Cleaners
Friday, January 17, 2014

Improved Air Quality in School Buildings Starts with Earth-Friendly Cleaners

Sustainability in education is a high priority for Ohio administrators, parents and lawmakers as evidenced in Ohio’s status as the state with the most LEED certified educational buildings in the country. Honoring that priority in day-to-day operations at Ohio schools means maintaining the healthiest environment possible for students and administrators.

Air pollution inside a building can be as much as five times higher than outside. This is partially due to the types of cleaners we choose to use in confined spaces. Considering the health of the occupants of a building—in this case, nearly 2 million children in Ohio public schools alone—is of as much importance as how well the product performs.

According to the Healthy Schools Campaign Green Clean Schools web page (link: http://www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/programs/green-clean-schools/), some cleaners contain chemicals that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, trigger asthma and other respiratory illnesses, which in turn can contribute to long-term health problems such as cancer, reproductive disorders, major organ damage and permanent eye damage.

Environmentally friendly cleaners can help students and administrators stay healthy by reducing the hazards that negatively affect indoor air quality and in turn, our health. Custodial staff are particularly vulnerable to exposure to potentially harmful chemicals and can benefit greatly when safer alternatives are chosen.

Additional benefits that schools often report include saving money on custodial supplies, improved attendance records and a pervasive sense of pride in preserving the environment—by staff and students alike.

Although the buckeye state is at the head of the class on this issue, Ohio is not alone in its objective to improve the learning environment of our school children. Healthy and sustainable schools are a high priority for a lot of Americans. Seventy-five percent are supportive of green schools and 90% would like to see improvements to their local schools.

At Mailender, we are proud to offer a wide variety of sustainable cleaners suitable for improving indoor air quality at your educational institution. Contact us to discuss which products are best suited for maintaining your Green School.



 
 

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