Green, Clean, and Healthy: How Sustainable Office Practices Are Helping People Thrive

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Not every office in the U.S. can be like the headquarters for the American Society of Interior Designers. After all, they’ve made visually appealing environments their business. But they’ve also embraced eco-friendly practices to the -nth degree, as their Washington, D.C. office was just named the greenest and healthiest on the entire planet. A great way to continue healthy habits is by going to to see how their health plans can help you. For other options, you can visit Healthy usa to see how you can benefit from them.

ASID has made it their mission to reduce stress, improve air quality, block out noise, and even regulate their employees’ physiological processes. They have no assigned desks; instead they can work in whatever available area they choose. Since desk office phones have 25,127 germs per square inch, their design has likely made employees healthier overall — and less likely to miss work.

But for those who don’t work in such carefully crafted spaces, there are still ways to stay both healthy and green. Employees who spend their working hours in clean offices have an 80% reduced chance of coming down with the common cold or the flu. But according to many experts, traditional cleaning chemicals may cause additional health worries that may be even worse than the sniffles.

Many offices use cleaning products that contain ammonia, chlorine bleach, formaldehyde, and other chemicals that are extremely harsh or even harmful. Those who clean these office buildings are prone to skin and eye irritations, asthma and other respiratory issues, headaches, and dizziness from the chemical contact. And since indoor air can remain contaminated for up to 20 minutes after cleaning, all employees are subject to potential harm. Ultimately, that will cost businesses more due to increased absences and low productivity levels.

Even those who don’t work in a traditional office setting might be at risk. Studies have found that people in the U.S. spend 90% of their time indoors, and the EPA found that indoor pollutant levels can reach 10 times higher than those outdoors.

That’s why it’s so important to start utilizing green cleaning products, experts say. These cleaners won’t harm the environment or people but still clean effectively. It’s recommended that consumers purchase cleaning products that have been certified as environmentally safe by Green Seal or another third party organization. Offices should also train employees on how to properly clean with these products.

And if you find yourself in the middle of an unexpected cleaning crisis in the office or at home, there are products right in the pantry that are both efficient and green. White vinegar, for instance, can be used throughout a space as an antimicrobial and antifungal agent. Baking soda can be used in laundering, as it’s a natural cleaner and deodorizer. And by combining Castile soap, water, lemon, and/or salt, an endless number of homemade cleaning products can be produced.

But for those who want ready-made green cleaning options for their home or office, it’s good to have a complete arsenal of certified products. Businesses and independent consumers who embrace the green movement will not only be assured in the knowledge that they’re reducing their carbon footprint, but they’ll also improve the overall health of those who spend the majority of their time in these environments. And in the end, that benefits everyone.

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  • Avatar Steve Buckshire July 18, 2017, 5:41 pm

    80% less likely to catch the cold? Wow. The cleaning duties at my office have been getting neglected as of late, so we just hired a cleaning company to come in once a week. Hopefully we see less sick days!

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