Earth-Friendly Cleaning

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Planting Seeds: Assess cleaning supplies used throughout the building and consider toxic impacts

Suggested Practices and Examples for Implementation:

  • Conduct a toxins audit to look more closely at what cleaning supplies you use and how they impact the environment and your health
  • Talk with janitorial staff about products used on a regular basis
  • Make a list of cleaning products used regularly and read about them online

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Nurturing Growth: Research environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and practices

Suggested Practices and Examples for Implementation:

  • Research where to purchase sustainably sourced, Fairtrade, toxic-free, and/or environmentally friendly products online or in your local community
  • Read online about what other places of worship are doing to practice green cleaning
  • Draw upon the knowledge of community members who know about or practice green cleaning

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Deepening Roots: Implement sustainable practices and purchase eco-friendly products as supplies need replacing

Suggested Practices and Examples for Implementation:

  • Use or give away cleaning products you already have on supply so as not to waste them, but as they run out, purchase eco-friendly products in their place
  • Talk with your staff and community members about this switch and how it benefits their health and place of worship
  • Encourage community members to make these changes in their own homes, if they are able, and provide tips/information/resources for them to do so
  • Host an event at which community members learn about and make their own green cleaning supplies to take home and use (this could be a free, paid, or donation based event)

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