WHAT MAKES US ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?
Dedication to being green:
Green cleaning refers to using cleaning methods and products with
environmentally-friendly ingredients to preserve human health and environmental
quality. Green cleaning techniques and products avoid the use of
chemically-reactive cleaning products which contain various toxic chemicals,
some of which emit volatile organic compounds (VOC's) causing respiratory and
dermatological problems among other adverse effects. Green cleaning can also
describe the way residential and industrial cleaning products are manufactured,
packaged and distributed. If the manufacturing process is
environmentally-friendly and the products are biodegradable, then the term
"green" or "eco-friendly" may apply. Green cleaning is behavioral as well as
simply using healthy and environmentally-friendly products. Consumers are being
made aware of the ways in which green cleaning is most-effectively used.
Carpet Pro Cleaners believes in investing time, energy and finances into
operating a more sustainable, environmentally conscious local business. We make
this effort not only for the advantage of our communities and their residents
but local waterways and the planet as a whole. Years ago, we made a change that
thousands of hospitals, universities, and businesses alike have already made.
We've switched our entire product line to safer, naturally derived and plant
based products and cleaners. We have invested the time, done the research and
investigated the manufacturers and they products we purchase from them. These
products are free of toxic chemicals like VOC's, detergents and phosphates and
are safer for our technicians, you the consumer and the environment.
Our lives and homes are filled with toxins and toxic chemicals that we use and
are exposed to sometimes unknowingly. Household cleaning products can cause
unhealthy indoor air quality and may lead to or irritate serious health
problems. The ingestion or contact with these products such as oven cleaner,
carpet cleaning chemicals and all purpose cleaners have been linked to a host of
health issues, especially in children and pets. Furthermore, the hazardous
chemicals we use in our homes and in our businesses enter water supplies and
will linger in almost every conceivable form around every imaginable corner. The
least we could do to combat the use and manufacturing of products that contain
such toxins and harmful chemicals was to transition into a product line derived
naturally. So we did. We are not only committed to continuing the search for
more effective and safer products and companies to partner with but remain
committed to creating environmental awareness and education for our customers,
business associates and the employees of Carpet Pro Cleaners.
Our cleaning method employs a water filtration system that demineralizes and
deionizes the water we use for cleaning. This is one step we've taken as we
strive towards using and consuming even less of the natural products that we
clean with. This in turn, minimizes our overall carbon footprint and associated
waste. We aim to not only use less of our products but also to remove residues
and other toxic chemicals left behind by over the counter spot cleaners or other
Currently, we are seeking new and innovative ways to power our company vehicles
and equipment more efficiently and lower the associated emissions. Exploring the
use of solar power and biodiesel engines and natural gas powered vans are among
a list of our priorities for 2017.
Our journey does not end but merely begins with using products that are made
with plant, mineral and biodegradable ingredients and are not tested on animals
but are packaged with environmentally sustainable or recycled materials We are
looking forward to expanding our emphasis on sustainability and lessoning our
companies waste while striving to provide a cleaner, healthier and safer option
What is the Green Seal?
Green Seal is an independent, non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.
with the mission of safeguarding human health and the environment by promoting
the manufacture, purchase, and use of more sustainable products and services.
Seal makes it possible for companies like Carpet Pro Cleaners to find and use
environmentally friendly products that our customers can have confidence in. The
organization is a science-based development and certification body that meets
the Criteria for Third-Party Certifiers of the United States Environmental
Protection Agency. It meets the requirements for standard development
organizations of the American National Standards Institute, meets the guidelines
for ecolabeling programs of the International Organization for Standardization
(ISO 14020 and 14024), and also meets membership criteria of the Global
Ecolabelling Network (GEN). Green Seal's flagship program is voluntary
certification of products and services to meet Green Seal standards.
Carpet Pro Cleaners is proud to announce our partnership with PROCYON┬« Products
http://soapfreeprocyon.com, maker of
the industry's first cleaning products to be certified under Green Seal's
Revised GS-37, 2009 Standards! Procyon has been providing environmentally safe,
quality products that work for over 30 years. After years of trials and
experimentation with other companies and products we are proud to put Procyon's
products to use and make them available to our valued customers. Both Carpet Pro
Cleaners and Procyon share in our commitment to a healthy cleaning industry and
eliminating the impact that cleaning chemicals has on the environment.┬ All of
our Procyon products are powerful and yet soap free, odor free, hypo-allergenic,
non toxic, with no VOCs and no off-gassing. Made with truly all natural
ingredients, Procyon products are one of the safest on the market today as well
as being a highly effective option for a variety of cleaning applications.
Procyon's all natural degreasers and water softeners dissolve and emulsify
contaminants and soil. Particulates that are not rinsed out dry to a
crystallized form allowing easy removal with a good vacuum cleaner. This will
leave no soapy, sticky, residue in your carpets.
Although people may believe they are doing the right thing by using various
biodegradable detergents, it is important to remember that these detergents can
have an adverse impact on the environment and our lives in thousands of ways and
that wastewater should never enter our waterways.
At CPC, we believe that we have an obligation to protect the health of the
members of our community and those everywhere and we feel we have a
responsibility to our industry. We have an existing process for vetting the
safety of our products and an interest in striving to improve and make new
discoveries. Maintaining a committed to educating the public in proper, safe,
and efficient cleaning methods and environmental preservation are still
priorities for over profit making for Carpet Pro Cleaners.
When phosphate detergents are used, disposal of the wastewater is an
environmental issue. The breakdown of the phosphorus complexes in phosphate
detergent wastewater (and in other household products, and in human and
industrial wastes containing phosphates) creates biologically available
phosphates. In waterways these can contribute to an oversupply of phosphates.
Low concentrations of plant nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, can
limit plant and algae growth. When phosphates from the sources mentioned above
are introduced to waterways any phosphorus-limitation may be removed and may
cause excessive algae growth which, in turn, can cause a host of other problems.
For example, these phosphates can lead to increased numbers of insects,
crustaceans and fish in the waterway which, when they and the algae die and
decompose, can reduce oxygen in the water to such low levels that other aquatic
organisms are killed the release of toxins by some cyanobacteria (blue-green
algae) that can kill other organisms and make the water unsuitable for humans,
livestock and wildlife. Most algae are an important part of the ecosystem;
however their presence in excessive amounts becomes an environmental problem.
For these reasons wastewater containing phosphate detergents should be directed
to the sewerage system and not be allowed to wash into the storm water drains.
Unfortunately, it is all too common for companies in our industry to dump their
waste water near water sources or in storm drains, which lead directly to open
water sources. This is strictly against environmental protection guidelines and
can be very harmful to these contaminations sites. At Carpet Pro Cleaners, we
are committed to making sure our waste water ends up in the cities sewage water
recycling system, where it belongs.
Disposal of phosphate-free detergent wastewater is also an environmental issue.
Phosphates are primarily used in detergents as 'builders', which remove calcium
ions, and allow surfactants (the cleaning agents) to work more effectively. In
phosphate-free detergents, the phosphates are replaced by alternative builders
such as zeolites or an increased concentration of surfactants.
The problem with this is that surfactants are among the most toxic compounds in
detergents and have been implicated in decreasing the ability of aquatic
organisms to breed. To minimize the environmental harm caused by phosphate-free
detergents they must be treated in sewage treatment plants. Unfortunately, even
after treatment the effects of some alternative builders remain. Reducing the
use of all cleaners is another priority of Carpet Pro Cleaners.
Finally, biodegradable detergents can cause problems in our storm water systems,
streams and rivers. Ensure that no waste water is permitted to enter these
systems. Ensure that all waste water is either collected by a licensed waste
disposal company or a trade waste permit is obtained to dispose of it into the
The Safer Detergents Stewardship
The EPA is developing the Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI) to
recognize companies, facilities, and others who voluntarily phase out or commit
to phasing out the manufacture or use of nonylphenol ethoxylate surfactants,
commonly referred to as NPEs. These surfactants are used in detergents in
cleaning and other products. Both nonylphenol ethoxylates and their breakdown
products, such as nonylphenol, can harm aquatic life.
The Safer Detergents Initiative will complement EPA's Aquatic Life Ambient Water
Quality Criteria for Nonylphenol. These criteria are designed to protect aquatic
life in both fresh and saltwater and can form the basis for state and tribal
water quality standards.
Saying "No" to Nonylphenol
Nonylphenol is both an intermediate in the manufacture of nonylphenol ethoxylate
surfactants and an ultimate degradation product. Nonylphenol ethoxylate
surfactants are used in many sectors including cleaning and industrial
processes. The Design for the Environment Program has identified safer
alternatives through its partnership work with industry and environmental
advocates. These safer alternative surfactants are comparable in cost and are
readily available. The Safer Detergents Initiative will encourage the
manufacture and use of safer surfactants, reducing the amount of nonylphenol
ethoxylate surfactants and nonylphenol in streams. This preventive action will
assist in attainment of the Aquatic Life Criteria for Nonylphenol published in
the Federal Register in February 2006.
In an effort to make
ourselves better, both as a business and as individuals,
we've gone out and done a little digging. We've looked
into the issue of river conservation and collected
together some information and interesting resources,-
including some basic river facts everyone should know..
Carpet Pro Cleaners utilizes the Butler
system,- a cleaning and restoration machine widely recognized as the
leader in quality and value in carpet cleaning. The latest
technology, combined with an outstanding tradition of hands-on
craftsmanship, has defined the Butler System now for over 35
years... Learn more
In addition our vans
are outfitted with the Rotovac 360i carpet restoration system. Having the Rotovac on board
and the ability to dispatch it to the most heavily soiled carpets in The Triangle has
taken our cleaning services to the next level and renewed our commitment to raise the industry standard...
Carpet Pro Cleaners uses
filtration and ionization systems to enhance the cleaning process.
This filtration and purification process brings our customers a number of
environmentally friendly benefits, the most important of which is
that it reduces the
number of chemicals we employ under our variety of
services... Learn more