Organic Housekeepers, cleaning with a conscience, saving the earth one tub at a time.Organic Housekeepers recycles soaps

Beyond green cleaning
Organic Housekeepers takes running a green business beyond the cleaning products. We incorporate sustainaibilty into everything we do, from printing on both sides of a piece paper to strategic routing to minimize drive time. Below are the highlights from Organic Housekeepers' sustainable business practices.

Knowledge is power
During new-hire orientation, we wax poetic on the benefits of cleaning without chemicals. We site statistics, like this one: Environmental Protection Agency research states that the air inside our home is typically two to five times more polluted than the air outside. Cleaning agents are one of the biggest contributors to indoor air pollution. Using green cleaning products is one of the easiest ways to clean up the air in your home.

Also during orientation, we give a breakdown of Organic Housekeepers’ green cleaning products, explaining what they’re made of, why they are effective and why they are safer and healthier than conventional cleaning agents.

And for holiday gifts last year, we bought all of our employees renewable energy credits.

Sharing eco with clients
We readily hand out Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability’s recycling information sheet to our clients, especially vacation rentals, so guests (as well as locals) know exactly what can be recycled in Eagle County.

Recycle this!
We set up and execute recycling programs for our clients, as part of a regular cleaning operations. And, our cleaners are trained to separate recyclables from trash if time permits. We have one employee in particular who is obsessive about it, and many plastic water bottles have been saved from the landfill thanks to her.

Green TP? You bet
For our clients, we have facilitated a switch from standard paper products to 100 percent recycled paper products (with a minimum of 40 percent post-consumer material) and processed without chlorine. This service makes it easy for our clients to make better consumer choices.

We recycle soap
Our vacation rental clients require us to remove the shampoos, soaps and conditioners when only half empty. So we take those amenities and recycle them with Clean the World, a non-profit that recycles soaps and saves lives. Clean the World has put over 5 million soap bars and 250,000 pounds of shampoo and conditioner back into human use, simultaneously eliminating over 380 tons of waste. 

Efficiency is green
We strategically route to minimize drive time, and our cleaners drive together as a crew.

Waste not
Our cleaners refill their spray bottles from large bulk containers, minimizing our amount of waste.

Want not
We obsessively use both sides of paper whenever we print. A small, but effective green practice.

“Countering” the meaning of damaged goods
At our office in Eagle-Vail, Organic Housekeepers’ front desk was built using damaged goods picked up at Home Depot. There’s a whole section of beat-up, bent, blemished, busted, dinged and flawed material at Home Depot, that if not sold, will end up piling high in our landfills.

Another buck (saved) in the wall
The divider wall in our Eagle-Vail office separating the reception area and the cleaning supplies was leftover from the previous renter, who used it as a platform elevating his desk. We used the frame of his platform, added drywall and no-VOC paint — and voila — a new wall that used little new resources.

Gas mask free paint
All of our office walls are decked out in Benjamin Moore’s Eco Spec zero VOC acrylic latex paint. You can purchase it at the The Paint Bucket in Eagle-Vail. Volatile organic compounds are linked to headaches and nervous-system damage, and they continue to off-gas even after the paint dries. Regular paint is full of yucky harmful ingredients in addition to VOCs, like benzene and formaldehyde that can trigger asthma and allergies. Plus, the life cycle of conventional paint is toxic for our environment. One gallon of regular paint that’s not propery disposed of can seep into the earth, polluting 250,000 gallons of drinking water.

Trimming the landfill
All of the white trim in the office was purchased from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at the fraction of what we would pay retail. Builders, homeowners and suppliers donate surplus and used building materials to the Habitat Restore instead of throwing the excess material away, which happens quite often because builders aren’t in the storage business or sales business. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore represents smart sustainability. It provides a way to salvage treasures, keep it out of the landfill and in economic circulation.

 


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41394 Hwy 6 & 24, Suite F3, Eagle-Vail, CO 81645
970-949-9010



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