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									Environmental
and human health
impacts of cleaning products

Pierre Bee, VP / pierre@orbeco.net

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Environmental and human health impacts of cleaning products


• What is Green?

    – Recycling?
    – Energy conservation? (fluorescent light bulbs instead of standard0
    – Water conservation? (new shower head and reuse linen program
      in hotels)
    – Waste program?
    – Chemicals?

    Green = health

• Where to start?

    Chemicals used by janitors/housekeepers for
    8 hours a day, at least 5 days a week
       ….= potential physical injuries/damageInc.
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Environmental and human health impacts of cleaning products




1. Impact on Human Health
2. Impact on Indoor Air Quality
3. A market ready for a transition to ―Green‖
   cleaning products
4. Why choose ―Green‖ cleaning products?
5. Certifications/Accreditations
6. Who is Orbeco, Inc?
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Environmental and human health impacts of cleaning products

1. Impact on Human Health

  127 janitors died in the US between 1993 and 2001 as a result of the
  cleaning products they were using
  Source: ―US Bureau of Labor Statistics‖ – Leas: www.leas.ca


  US market for janitorial and housekeeping cleaning products is estimated
  at $3.2 billion in 2006
  Source: Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products USA 2006, Kline and Company



  There are 100,000 commercial chemicals in North America
  – perhaps 500 or less than 1,000 have ever really been studied.
  Source: ―Cleaning For Health: Products and Practices for a Safer Indoor Environment‖;
  Alicia Culver, Senior Research Associate; Inform Inc. / Dr. Bruce Fowler, University of
  Maryland.
   - only   half tested for toxicity

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Impact on Human Health



 6 out of every 100 janitors are injured on the job because of the
 chemicals they are using.
 Source: Janitorial Products Pollution Prevention Project



 …at an average cost of $725 in medical and lost time per reported
 injury.
 Source: ―Cleaning For Health: Products and Practices for a Safer Indoor Environment‖; Alicia Culver,
 Senior Research Associate; Inform Inc.



 …US institutions spend $75 million a year on medical expenses and
 lost time wages


 Cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic
 exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers in 2000.

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Impact on Human Health


  According to some estimates, one-third of the cleaning products
  currently in use contain ingredients known to cause human health or
  environmental problems.
  Source: Green Seal’s newsletter – June 2004



  2-butoxyethanol, a common ingredient in cleaning products, is a toxin
  suspected of causing learning disabilities in children as well as liver an
  kidney damage. This chemical can be absorbed directly through the
  skin.
  Source: LEAS: www.leas.ca



  Approximately 10% of total non-vehicular emissions of VOCs are due
  to cleaning products, which can trigger respiratory problems.
  Source: Government Procurement / October 2004




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Environmental and human health impacts of cleaning products

2. Impact on Indoor Air Quality

Volatile Organic Compounds = VOC = common air pollutant
= public health hazard

Found in everything from painting and coatings to deodorant
and cleaning fluids.

Health effects in occupants ranging from headaches and
dry eyes to nausea, dizziness and fatigue

EPA (Environement Protection Agency) considers Indoor Air Quality as
the number one environmental health problem.

20% of all employees have a major illness related to Indoor Air
Pollution (such as allergies, asthma etc…)

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 Impact on Indoor Air Quality

Most people spend well over 90% of their time indoors. Indoor Air is 2 to 10
times more hazardous than outdoor air.
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)



World Health organization estimates that 30% of all buildings experience
IAQ problems

50% of illnesses are aggravated or caused by polluted indoor air
Source: American College of Allergies



Limits in VOCs determined by Air Resource Board (California Code of
Regulations)
         • Glass Cleaner :< 3% VOCs
         • General Cleaner: <1% VOCs (applications: concrete, tiles, walls)
         • Carpet Cleaner: <0.1% VOCs
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Impact on Indoor Air Quality


 Air Resource Board: Section 94509 of California Code of Regulations:
 application Jan. 1, 2001 /enforced in 2005: made illegal all cleaning
 products with solvents

“No person shall sell, supply, offer for sale, or manufacture for sale
 in California any consumer product, which at the time of sale or
 manufacture, contains volatile organic compounds in excess of the
 limits specified in the following Table of Standards.”

 The fine for violating air pollution regulation could be up to $50,000 per
 day. Source: Air Resource Board., A department of the California Environmental Protection Agency

 Several northeastern states (members of the Ozone Transport
 Commission) are regulating the VOC levels of many consumer
 products with the goal of improving air quality.


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Environmental and human health impacts of cleaning products

 3. A market ready for a transition to “Green” cleaning products

 More than 75% American travelers feel it is important that their visits
 have no or limited impact on the Environment. Source: Travel Industry Association

 Nearly 75% of workers would rather work for an employer with ―green‖
 offices.                             Source: Fast Company, November 10, 2006

 Less than 2% of US properties participating in ―green‖ lodging programs
 (certification and affiliation)

 Survey of 200 distributors shows that 93% of respondents feel their
 company’s vision or direction in selling green products is ―very good‖ or
 ―excellent‖.                       Source: Altura Solutions Communications, May 2006


 State / Cities / Counties / Hotel chains - Boutiques Hotels: EPP programs
 Manufacturers: efficient and price competitive ―green‖ cleaning products
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4. Why choose “Green” cleaning products?

   1.   Some ―Green‖ products now perform as well as or better than
        similar conventional cleaning chemicals
   2.   No need of extra efforts/work with ―green‖ products
   3.   Cost competitive
   4.   Protect the health of users, building occupants, and the
        environment
   5.   Reduce absenteeism
   6.   Higher productivity of employees
   7.   Injury reduction
   8.   Limit risk of liability and/or lawsuits
   9.   Create a Marketing advantage
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5. Recognized Certifications and accreditations


                     Green Seal - www.greenseal.org


                     Woolsafe - www.woolsafe.org


                     Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
                      www.h2e-online.org

                     USGBC (LEED Member) - www.usgbc.org


                     Green Hotels Association - www.greenhotels.com


                     Co-Op America - www.coopamerica.org
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Certifications and accreditations


    Green Seal certifies that the product tested is safe for Humans,
      Animals and the Environment (based on the California Code of
      Regulations)


   Certification GS-37: Industrial and Institutional Cleaners


       • Glass Cleaner :< 3% VOCs

       • General Cleaner: <1% VOCs (applications: concrete, tiles, walls)

       • Carpet Cleaner: <0.1% VOCs

       Green Seal does not certify Spotter and Odor Neutralizer

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Certifications and accreditations



     Woolsafe certifies that the product tested is efficient and safe for
        carpets




    •   Does clean like a deep-cleaner
    •   Does not damage the carpet fibers: longer lifetime
    •   Does not promote re-soiling
    •   Keeps the texture of the fibers intact

    All four Orbeco’s products are Certified by Woolsafe

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     Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, H2E,
          organizations are committed to the virtual elimination
          of mercury, general waste reduction, and the
          minimization of toxic substances used in healthcare.

   H2E supports the design, construction and cooperation of healthcare
   facilities that significantly improve our collective impact on human and
   environmental health.

   Orbeco Inc. has joined Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, supporting
   the National Movement for Environmentally Sustainable Health Care.

   H2E is a voluntary partnership program sponsored by the American
   Hospital Association, the US EPA, Health Care without Harm and the
   American Nurses Association.

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        USGBC, LEED Member
          The U.S. Green Building is the nation’s foremost coalition of
          leaders from across the building industry working to promote
          buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and
          healthy places to live and work.
  *   In order to be LEED certified a building needs to reach at least 32 points. Green
      cleaning can receive a maximum of nine points: up to three for the purchase of green
      cleaning products and up to six points for green-cleaning related policies and
      procedures
  *   The General Services Administration (GSA) which operates as the federal
      government’s landlord has issued a report that found the council’s Leadership in
      Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system to be the most credible among five
      systems evaluated.

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       Green Hotels Association is committed to encourage, promote
        and support ecological consciousness in the Hospitality industry.

         For over ten years, ―Green‖ Hotels Association is releasing a
         very comprehensive Guidelines and Ideas book revealing how to
         reduce bills as well as the hotel’s impact on the Environment.
         Evolut-Ion Carpet Cleaner is approved by ―Green‖ Hotels
         Association.




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Certifications and accreditations




       Co-Op America recognizes Orbeco's commitments and
        accomplishments as a Green Business.

         Co-op America's mission is to harness economic power—the
         strength of consumers, businesses and the marketplace—to
         create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

        Co-op America's Business Network is the oldest, largest, and
        most diverse network of socially and environmentally responsible
        businesses in America.

        The Co-op America Business Seal of Approval designates
         Orbeco Inc has successfully completed Co-op America's
         screening process.
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Certifications and accreditations




          Orbeco, Inc., manufacturer of Green carpet cleaning products is
           the first and only company in its field to be certified as a Green
           Business by the City and County of San Francisco.


           This certification, after a thorough examination confirms the
           safety of its products and environmental practices. The San
           Francisco Green Business Program is a voluntary program that
           encourages businesses to take proactive actions that are good
           for their bottom line and the environment.

           It is a partnership of City Agencies that promote, recognize and
           provide hands-on support to local businesses that operate in an
           environmentally responsible way.


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6. Who is Orbeco Inc.?

• Manufacturer of certified safe and efficient cleaning products by WoolSafe
  and/or Green Seal.
• Product line name:
• Philosophy: to manufacture products that clean at least as well as
  traditional cleaning chemicals but do not affect negatively the indoor
  environment and that are safe for the guests and staff.
• Family owned business, started in Monaco
• 15 years of experience in Europe
• San Francisco based since Sept. 2005
• Customers on both sides of the Atlantic
• Recipient of many awards
          1st and only cleaning chemical manufacturer company certified
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           by the City and County of San Francisco as a Green Business.
Who is Orbeco Inc?




 Ph: +1 866-9ORBECO or 415-292-7749
 Fax: +1 415-292-7744
 Website: www.orbeco.net
 Email: info@orbeco.net

 Pierre Bee, VP
 pierre@orbeco.net
 Cell: 415.637.9504



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