For many organizations, becoming more eco-friendly and energy efficient is just a natural part of doing business these days. As someone with a small cleaning business, however, you may feel like you don’t have the resources to implement the most environmentally friendly machinery or processes. The fact is, there are many different ways you can have a more positive effect on the environment, and in turn, on your customers. This can help you carve out a niche for yourself in the market.

Why is being green so important?

Because there are so many SMEs in Canada, the total amount of their pollution and waste outputs has a significant effect on the environment.

Making your cleaning business “green” is a way to be more environmentally responsible and to help ensure the health of your customers. It also gives you a ready-made target audience of environmentally aware people who want to hire a cleaning service that supports those same views. They may be willing to pay a bit more for these services, which will help keep you competitive in the marketplace.

How do you create a greener business?

There are many low-cost, environmentally sound techniques and strategies that you could put into practice in your everyday operations to reduce your impact on the environment. For example, you could:

  • Reduce the amount of energy, water, and materials you use
  • Reduce the waste you produce
  • Use natural, bio-degradable, non-toxic products

Environmental regulations

Keep in mind that even if you do not make a conscious effort to keep your business green, you still need to obey certain laws and regulations in your area that protect the air, water, and land. These include rules about the proper handling, use and disposal of cleaning products.

Product labeling

Materials that are hazardous to our health (e.g. poisonous, corrosive) are often included on product labels. However, other dangers like long-term harmful effects of the exposure to certain materials won’t always be included on labels. Keep this in mind when you are doing research and purchasing supplies for your business. Give yourself time to plan and budget for what works best for you.

Programs, incentives and rebates

There are a number of government and private sector programs that promote the use of alternative energy, energy-efficiency, and energy conservation, and the implementation of innovative, sustainable development measures. These incentives can save you money, improve your efficiency, and help the environment at the same time.

See our Cleaning business start-up checklist to review the steps required to implement a prosperous cleaning business. Keeping the environment in mind will set you on a greener path to success.