IBT recognizes the importance of conducting business in an environmentally responsible manner that conserves natural resources and minimizes waste.
Many environmentally friendly options for cleaning and facility maintenance products are available through IBT. View our Enviro-Conscious Catalog for a variety of green products, such as:
- Chemicals and Janitorial pages 1-8
- Facility Maintenance and Safety pages 9-10
- Odor Control pages 10-14
- Skin Care and Personal Hygiene pages 15-19
- Paper and Dispensers pages 20-30
- Mops, Brooms and Dusters pages 31-36
- Floor and Carpet Care pages 37-47
- Waste Receptacles pages 48-52
- Bags and Can Liners pages 53-54
- Foodservice pages 55-61
To make an informed decision, consider product content and use, product packaging and shipping in addition to price.
The Federal Trade Commission, in cooperation with the EPA, has developed guidelines for advertisers to ensure that environmental marketing claims don’t mislead buyers. Listed below are some tips to help you sort through environmental claims.
Recycled – When you evaluate an environmental claim, you should determine if the claim applies to the product, the packaging, or both. If a label says “recycled,” check how much of the product or package is recycled. The label must tell you how much is recycled unless the product or package contains 100% recycled materials and it should tell you where the recycled material comes from.
Post-Consumer – Material that comes from previously used products such as newspapers, shipping cartons, plastic bottles, glass containers and aluminum cans.
Pre-Consumer – Essentially manufacturing waste, such as clippings left over from manufacturing processes and then the clippings could be made into other like products instead of being tossed.
Recovered Fiber – Post-consumer fiber plus manufacturing wastes such as dry paper and paperboard waste generated after completion of the papermaking process (cutting and trimming of the paper machine reel into smaller rolls or rough sheets).
Mill Broke – Any paper waste generated in a paper mill prior to completion of the papermaking process. It is not counted toward post-consumer or recovered fiber content. If a mill uses less than 100% post-consumer or recovered fiber, only a proportional amount of broke can be counted towards post-consumer or recovered fiber content.
Biodegradable – Materials such as food and leaves break down and decompose into elements found in nature when they are exposed to air, moisture and bacteria. Cleaning products, such as detergents and shampoos, often display “biodegradable” claims. Most of these products have always degraded in wastewater systems, causing no harm to the environment.
Photodegradable – Usually plastic materials which disintegrate into smaller pieces when exposed to enough sunlight. Degradation of any material occurs very slowly in landfills, where most garbage is taken. The reason being is because the law requires that modern landfills be designed to keep sunlight, air and moisture out of the landfill which helps prevent pollutants from the garbage from entering the air and drinking water. Because of this, it slows decomposition.
CFCs (Chlorofluorocarbons) – These are chemical substances that can deplete the earth’s protective ozone layer in the upper atmosphere. The ozone layer in the upper atmosphere is necessary to prevent the sun’s harmful radiation from reaching the earth. In the late 1970s, CFCs were banned from use as propellant in most consumer aerosol products and they are gradually being phased out.
VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) – These substances contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, or smog. Alcohols, butane, propane and isobutene are common VOCs. Emissions from cars and factories are the major source of VOC releases to the environment, but household cleaning products, floor polishes, charcoal lighter fluid, windshield wiper fluid, hair styling spray, gel or mousse, whether in aerosol cans or spray pumps, also may contain these substances and contribute to smog problems.
FTC (Federal Trade Commission) http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/general/gen02.shtm
EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines http://www.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/tools/cpg/products/define.htm