Making This Holiday Season More Environmentally Friendly

On November 26, 2018, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Bloomington, IN – According to Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group and a leading advocate for sustainability in the professional cleaning industry, the most wonderful time of the year isn’t that wonderful for the environment. He suggests we consider the following: We use about 8,000 tons of wrapping paper during the holiday season, equating […]

Happy Thanksgiving from The Ashkin Group

On November 20, 2018, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Thanksgiving is a very special time for me, my family and friends; as I am sure it is for you as well.  It is a uniquely American holiday to celebrate community and the fact that our current and future successes are genuinely dependent on working together as a community of committed and caring people. I […]

From Sanitary Maintenance: Selling Sustainability

On November 5, 2018, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, Some of Our Resources for You, by Ashkin Group

Selling green cleaning products didn’t always come easy for Iowa-Des Moines Supply, and its push toward sustainability is more of a recent priority. Despite the late jumpstart, the 81-year-old distributor of jan/san supplies based in Des Moines, Iowa, is now shining in both of these arenas. The distributor started offering green products to its customers […]

From Our Monthly Newsletter: It’s Time to Git-R-Done and Come on Down to Dallas

On October 23, 2018, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

We’re just a few days away from ISSA Dallas, the biggest trade show in North America for the professional cleaning industry.  ISSA has been pulling out all the stops to make this show the best ever, hosting newcomers to free breakfasts and offering them tours of the trade floor. It’s all designed to make the […]

Ashkin Answers the Question: Are We Cooked?

On October 16, 2018, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Bloomington, IN – On Monday, October 8, 2018, the world’s leading climate scientists released a report that painted a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought. It says that avoiding damage requires “quickly transforming the world economy,” according to the New York Times. The report was from the […]

PRESS RELEASE: The Special Report on Global Warming

On October 8, 2018, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

A landmark United Nations report paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding damage requires quickly transforming the world economy.   “One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of […]

The Sustainability Alphabet Soup: The Top 9 Sustainability Acronyms the Jansan Industry Should Know

On October 5, 2018, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

When jansan organizations first get involved with sustainability, one of the things they run into is a number of acronyms.  I refer to it as the “alphabet soup” of sustainability. While it definitely can be confusing, fortunately, we only need to know a few to help us get a solid understanding of sustainability, especially as […]

Sustainability: The History of a Word and Its Meaning Today

On October 5, 2018, in Items of Interest, News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

Languages and words evolve over time. For those in the restoration and remediation industry, along with cleaning professionals, carpet cleaners, and building managers, there is one word whose meaning seems to have changed three or four times . . . in just the past 25 years!  That word is sustainability. Restoration and remediation professionals need […]

Finding the Low Hanging “Sustainability Fruit” in Older Buildings

On October 5, 2018, in Items of Interest, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

It is estimated that more than 40 percent of this country’s total energy use is consumed in commercial buildings, most often office buildings. In the two largest urban cities in the country, New York and Chicago, that jumps to about 70 percent. Many, if not most, of the new buildings now under construction in this […]

Green Cleaning: Where We’ve Been and What’s Next

On September 25, 2018, in News, Slideshow-Homepage, by Ashkin Group

For more than two decades, I have been discussing the value and the reasons for green cleaning in the professional cleaning industry. While the first few years of my journey – and it certainly has been a journey – were difficult, with few people attending my seminars or presentations, I am happy to report that […]

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