Using sustainable and green chemicals is better for people’s health and less harmful to the environment. In an ideal world, it should be easy to see which products are toxic and which are better for people and the environment. In the real world, however, assessing cleaning products is not always easy. The reason and necessity of disinfection have of course become very clear and in this article, we are going to look at how we can take the environment into account by disinfecting with sustainable and green chemicals. 


What is Green Chemistry?

People are aware of the fact that our raw materials may run out and efforts are being made to develop more sustainable products. These products are processed as sustainably as possible and used sparingly. The primary goal of green chemistry is to reduce the chemical-related impact on human health and the second important point is to eliminate or prevent the pollution of the environment through the dedicated and sustainable prevention program. For green chemistry, twelve principles have been established that are generally accepted in all industries:

  1. Prevention: The formation of waste should be avoided as much as possible.
  2. Atomic Economy: The end product contains as many atoms as possible of the substances used in the process, so use the raw materials as efficiently as possible.
  3. Less harmful chemical production methods: Where possible, design production methods that harm people and the environment as little as possible.
  4. Develop less harmful chemicals: When developing products, make sure they do what they are supposed to do, with the least possible damage to people and the environment.
  5. Safer solvents: Avoid the use of solvents during production as much as possible.
  6. Energy-efficient design: Decrease the energy required to carry out a reaction; this with a view to reducing costs and environmental damage. If possible, processes should be carried out at relatively low temperatures and low pressures (preferably at normal pressure). Try to use energy that is generated by a process.
  7. Use of renewable raw materials: Raw materials must be renewable as much as possible.
  8. Responses in few steps: Avoid many steps in a reaction, because this also means that more starting materials are needed and therefore more pollution is produced.
  9. Catalysis: Catalysed reactions are more efficient than non-catalyzed reactions.
  10. Design with a view to demolition: Design chemical products that, when decomposed, produce substances that are non-toxic and do not accumulate in the environment.
  11. Interim analysis with a view to prevention of environmental pollution: Design and use analytical methods that ensure that environmentally polluting (by) products are detected as soon as they are released.
  12. Less risky chemistry: Choose the substances in a chemical process in such a way that the risk of chemical accidents is as small as possible. Work on fire and explosion prevention.

Green Chemistry in cleaning

The amount of companies that are actively trying to become more eco-friendly is still rising, which is not surprising considering the positive impact it has on the environment and the companies themselves.

Green chemistry is an interesting view on reducing the use of hazardous and harmful substances, recycling waste, as well as lowering energy consumption. The 12 principles for green chemistry form the basis for the development of green products and they also apply to the cleaning and hygiene industry. Some of these principles are already being applied and already show their positive impact on the environment.

Waste prevention

Waste management is a key area that businesses need to focus on in their quest to become more sustainable. Just because you don’t have to see the waste your business creates doesn’t mean it isn’t contributing to a major global issue. It’s a problem that companies are desperately trying to solve, but the main obstacle could be their approach to the situation.

Much of the focus with waste is on what to do with it once you’ve used it. Can it be recycled or is there some way to mitigate its impact? It’s great that businesses are working out how to reduce their waste; however, a more effective method for becoming a zero-waste company would be to prevent it completely.

This process starts with the formulation, or better, the reformulation of the full line of professional cleaning products to eliminate the chemical concern and introduce new chemicals naturally without any compromises. So basically, summarise the difference between traditional products and sustainable green products. Traditional products are composed of raw materials that are derived from oil and other not reusable sources that become waste at the end of the life cycle. Sustainable products are composed using reusable materials and thanks to the use of renewable sources, at the end of their life cycle these products become technical nutrients rather than waste.

Less harmful chemical production methods

Introduce a new approach to chemical risk management to bring exposure to acceptable levels. Take Sutter Industries, for example, which has developed a new approach to avoid any possible risk to human health by using the threshold for trees. This value is even lower than the chemical exposure threshold in water set by the regulations. This new approach caused nickel and chromium to disappear completely from the process.

All chemicals used in the old process required personnel to wear classified protective equipment. The transition to sustainable products eliminates the need for this personal protection and eliminates the need to implement special safety procedures. And because the products do not contain harmful chemicals, they are biodegradable. This makes them harmless to the environment. This is not the case with traditional cleaning products. The chemicals contained in it end up in the environment, for example when the soap is thrown away outside or flushed down the toilet.

Energy-efficient design

Another important point is energy efficiency. Normally, traditional products are made from inexpensive components that must be used. Take water, for example, many products still have a large amount of water to clean a surface. Sustainable products are designed to produce energy efficiently throughout their life cycle, as the concentration is higher compared to traditional products. Sustainable laundry products no longer need to be rinsed with excessive use of water. This not only saves water but also requires less energy from the equipment to be used.

Design with a view to demolition

The use of primary (often fossil) raw materials and energy exert pressure on the environment. The disposal of plastic is accompanied by CO2 emissions and because, unfortunately, a majority of the plastic is not (yet) recycled, valuable raw materials are lost. In addition, plastic litter still ends up in the environment. And due to the versatile properties of plastic, the material is found in almost all sectors, including the cleaning sector.

One of the most discussed applications of plastic in the cleaning and hygiene sector is the packaging of cleaning products and detergent manufacturers are working on solutions to promote the sustainable use of plastic. It is important to design the packaging so it can be reused, recycled, or composted which will lead to less plastic pollution. Think of packaging with at least part of the packaging consisting of recycled material, refillable packaging, or water-soluble packaging.

Ecolabelling set to become the difference

Pushing to make your business more sustainable can seem tough. Sometimes it feels like you’re being asked to completely upend everything that made you successful in the first place, but it doesn’t have to be like that. You just need to explore your options for delivering effective yet sustainable cleaning and hygiene services.

A key focus area within sustainability for the industry will be ecolabelling. Many companies are rushing to promote products that can claim to be environmentally friendly. There’s a huge market developing for this type of solution, but businesses are still unsure of how to identify the options that’ll have the most impact.

Ecolabelling has emerged as an essential way for companies to differentiate between the products with the backing of industry experts and those that don’t. For vendors, ecolabelling will quickly become an almost mandatory route to market for professional cleaning and hygiene solutions – especially when it comes to the area of cleaning chemicals.


The Green Pride to our Clean Cause

Innovations and technology are part of everyday life today. From heavy machinery to cleaning chemicals, a number of products and services are created to reduce human effort and make tasks convenient. But as economies prosper, the impact on the environment is side-lined. The world needs a holistic approach to pave a pathway to sustainable development. In short, ‘Green’ is our future!

Green products, technologies, equipment and services are the need of the hour. Each individual’s choices matter to ensure a secure future for the planet. GreenPro is a certification system that aids environmentally conscious customers to make an informed choice. The certification, launched by CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, facilitates the positioning of a product as eco-friendly. It also tells users that they have picked non-toxic, carcinogen-free products.

The GreenPro certification system adopts a thorough evaluation procedure that adheres to international standards to determine how ‘Green’ a product is. The parameters that assess a product ensure that it is safe to the environmental elements, organisms and human beings. Material health, material re-usability, renewable energy and carbon management, stewardship and social fairness are some parameters derived from Cradle to Cradle certification’s standards.

This comprehensive approach encourages manufacturers to design a ‘Green Life Cycle’, which includes innovation, raw materials, manufacturing process, product stewardship, performance during usage and recycling or disposal. The certification helps validate the ‘Greenness’ of a product, backed by credible information about its features.

Green building materials, industrial products, technologies, consumer items and services are eligible for the GreenPro certification. Grenove is proud to have eight GreenPro certified sustainable solutions in its range. Our GreenPro range includes Adamant P, Rinse HW, Danex N, Danex Sanispray, Danex WC, Glass Expert Universal, Radopal and Sensy Antismoke Gentle. Transform your spaces with our sustainable solutions. Make your space Greener with Grenovation today!

Never settle for settled dust!

Dust is omnipresent! Sand, soil, dead skin, pollen, soot, fabric fibres, hair and more contribute to the layers that accumulate on your surfaces every day.

Visible dust particles are an eyesore, but dust can be the reason for sore eyes, throat and more! It is a common cause of allergic reactions. Dust accumulation can also permanently stain furniture and hard surfaces, and also hinder the functioning of ventilation, heating and cooling systems.

Regular dusting is a part of a good sanitation regime. Horizontal surfaces must be dusted at least a couple of times a week and vertical surfaces need the same every fortnight.

Static dusters, duster extensions and microfiber cloths are essential for basic dusting. Vacuum cleaners with brush attachments are effective when it comes to upholstery and hard-to-reach areas.

To ensure that dust doesn’t flow from one part of the room to another, start from a corner and work your way clockwise or anti-clockwise. Take care to start on top and move your way downwards. Move each object and dust under the surface.

Gently wipe monitor and TV screens with a dry microfiber cloth. Using newspaper, tissue paper and other materials with window cleaning surfactants scratches the surface. Special anti-static cleaners help get rid of fingerprints and prevent immediate accumulation of dust.

Blinders need to be dusted from top to bottom on each blind and as a whole unit. Vacuum cleaners with brush attachments can also be used to clean blinders. This can be used to rid upholstered furniture of dust too.

Fire extinguishers, signboards, frames, jambs, handrails, showcases, lights and other such articles that are not touched on a daily basis are places where layers of dust easily accumulate. Thoroughly dust each of these surfaces.

Desks, cabinets, drawer handles, partitions, light switches and windowsills are some areas that are regularly touched. These have a combination of fingerprints, oil residue and slight settlement of dust, which need to be wiped away.

Remember, wiping captures dust. Flicking cloths and dusters merely displaces dust to transfer it to another part of the room.

Attention to detail goes a long way. A well-dusted office looks neat, feels lively, encourages organisation and promotes a pleasant work environment besides keeping employees healthy.

Grenove’s sustainable solutions for the flood-affected Kolhapur

From flooring to food, every surface and item turns into a potential health hazard in the aftermath of a flood. While relief camps may house the survivors, it is difficult to prevent disease outbreaks without the right measures.

Every surface becomes a capable breeding ground for pathogenic microorganisms. Frequent disinfection is a necessity in such situations.

Floods increase the risk of water-borne and vector-borne diseases. With parasites on the loose, the risk of infection also becomes higher. It is scary that diseases like diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid, malaria, dengue and hepatitis A are not just common, but due to being contagious in nature, may result in an epidemic outbreak!

Chlorine infused with water is a commonly used disinfectant due to its ability to effectively disinfect surfaces by eliminating microorganisms. Further, hand and skin sanitizers help stay clean and reduce cross-contamination.

To aid the flood-affected in Sangli-Kolhapur, HMI Tabidez 56 (disinfecting Chlorine Tablets) and Gelasept (Gel-based hand & skin disinfectant) were donated by Grenove Services. We believe it is our responsibility to help fellow humans in distress. We pray for their well-being and hope that everything returns to normal soon.

Avoid these common housekeeping hazards!

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Housekeeping isn’t just cleaning. It is constantly doing and redoing things to keep a place absolutely spec-free. Housekeeping staff is always on duty, be it in malls, supermarkets, educational institutions, IT companies or the hospitality industries. Housekeeping isn’t cleaning up an occasional mess; it is making sure that nothing creates a mess.

Tasks like cleaning up leftovers, organizing a mess or carrying out routine sanitary chores may seem mundane. But to keep things spotless, professional cleaners endure endless hazards. Some of these may even prove fatal! Most of us may have come across industrial cleaner related incidents that have caused serious casualties or deaths. The risks they knowingly or unknowingly get exposed to can be avoided.

Accidental exposure to biological hazards arising from bacteria, fungi and molds are a major concern. Even when cleaned regularly, microbial growth may result due to failure of thorough disinfection.
Health issues like itchy eyes, rashes, burns and respiratory conditions are most commonly found in professional cleaners, who are forced to compromise on healthy working conditions on a daily basis.

Industrial cleaning chemicals are known to be the root cause of most of these problems. Strong acids cause burns when they splatter. Harmful fumes from concentrated chemicals may lead to eye and skin irritation, respiratory problems, dizziness, nausea and more. Ammonia, bleaches and other strong ingredients, corrosive drain cleaners, strong degreasers, aerosol sprays, waxing and polishing products may trigger asthma or other breathing-related issues.

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Protective gear such as gloves, masks, eye cover, sleeve protectors, aprons and so on, depending on the nature of the cleaning job, are a must for the professional cleaners. Training them to dilute, apply and dispose chemicals safely would also help reduce housekeeping accidents.
Using weaker acids, polymer-coated cleaning chemicals and surfactants that have a strong disinfecting action in place of corrosive, fuming chemicals would go a long way in making the working conditions safer. Chemicals that do not need much mechanical effort, like rough scrubbing,would not only preserve surfaces but also prevent muscular strain and prolonged exposure to chemicals. Multitasking chemicals that clean, shine and polish at once would also cut down the exposure.

Grenove Services Pvt. Ltd. supplies safe, polymer-coated, eco-friendly industrial cleaning chemicals by HMI, Bulgaria in India and the middle-east. We cater to the sanitation needs of the hospitality industry, health care industry, food industry, water treatment, factories and more. To make your professional space safe, get in touch with us for consultation, safe industrial cleaning chemicals and training of
your staff for safe usage. Reduce chemical exposure hazards in your professional space!

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