Teaching Face Washing With a Tune

On April 27, 2017, in Items of Interest, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

To learn Italian, a parent sent her 4-year-old child to a particular language school. Instead of the way many of us were taught a foreign language – by repeating words and sentences over and over – the teachers in this school took another approach. They taught their young students Italian by putting the phrases into […]

Video: Keep Greening the Industry

On April 13, 2017, in Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

During the past 15-20 years, the cleaning industry has made some remarkable sustainability advancements in almost every product category. In this Educational Quick Clip, Steve Ashkin examines how we can continue to drive the green cleaning movement forward while taking advantage of all the health, safety, and cost benefits it accrues. Tune in now at […]

Green Cleaning History and Growth

On March 24, 2017, in Items of Interest, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

In 1962, Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book “Silent Spring” was published. It forced the general public and members of the U.S. government to take a serious look at society’s use of chemicals and pesticides. By the end of the decade, young people around the world took up the cause for “ecology,” as it was then called. […]

The New White House Administration and Sustainable Cleaning

On March 8, 2017, in Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

With a new president and administration in the White House, it is hard to predict how the next four years will unfold, particularly for our industry. However, we would be naive not to assume the following: Changes are coming that will likely impact our industry; this could apply to cleaning worker wages as well as […]

Green Cleaning 101

On February 24, 2017, in Default, Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

In just a couple of months it will be spring and with Spring Cleaning right around the corner, this is a good time for us to have a little review period about Green Cleaning—Green Cleaning 101, if you will—with a focus on Green Cleaning in healthcare facilities. This includes a review of the principles and […]

Green Carpet Care

On February 24, 2017, in Default, Items of Interest, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Building managers, working with their custodial crews, are transferring to environmentally preferable cleaning systems and products in record numbers. What started as a trickle just a few years ago is now beyond a trend. For many building managers and in many industries, having their facilities Green-cleaned is a given. However, the situation gets a bit […]

Trash Can Liner Consequences

On February 15, 2017, in Default, Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

The following was published in Cleaning Maintenance Magazine in February 2017 Ever since the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) introduction of LEED v4 in 2016, I have been disappointed that v4 did not address some of my concerns about plastic liners. In my view, plastic liners used in facilities should be made of recycled content; […]

Green Cleaning: Disinfectant Fool’s Gold

On February 6, 2017, in Default, Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

The following was published in American School and University Disinfectants and sanitizers are important tools for keeping buildings clean, safe and healthful. But as cleaning budgets and staffing levels have declined, the amount of time spent cleaning and disinfecting also has dropped. The importance of those tools has grown amid heightened public awareness of the […]

Ashkin Sees Change and Opportunity with New Administration

On January 31, 2017, in Default, Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

In a recent issue of DestinationGreen, the monthly newsletter published by The Ashkin Group, Stephen Ashkin addressed the fact that there may be uncertainty about the direction of Green Cleaning and the sustainability movement due to the recent election. “While I do not take political stands, it is pretty clear that a number of things […]

Green Cleaning Joins Hands with Sustainability

On September 26, 2016, in Items of Interest, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

There is considerable confusion among cleaning professionals as to what green cleaning, “sustainable” green cleaning, and sustainability are all about. So let’s start out with a situation that might help us address at least two of these quandaries: You are a contract cleaning company and have been invited to submit a cleaning proposal for a […]

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