Spring is well and truly upon us, and for many households and businesses that means it’s time for a good old Spring clean.
A yearly clear out is great for boosting mental health in both offices and at home, and it can also be a great thing for the environment. There is more focus than ever on how our daily habits are impacting the planet, and Spring cleaning is no exception. From having the right recycling equipment in place to choosing environmentally friendly cleaning products, there are plenty of ways to go green with your Spring clean this year.
One of the easiest ways to ensure your Spring cleaning efforts are efficient and sustainable is to make a plan before you start. Whether you are cleaning your home or your business premises, having a plan of action is essential for success. Plan which areas you want to focus on and which spaces need the most attention. From here, you can plan what cleaning products and equipment you will need to complete your Spring clean. Consider the equipment you have available to you, for example, if your business has recycling machinery available, include using this in your plan.
Start With A Declutter
Before you can get on with cleaning, you need to remove any clutter from the premises. Go through each room individually, including cupboards and storage spaces, and remove anything you no longer need. Consider how you will be disposing of unwanted items, and always prioritise reusing things, such as by donating them to a charity or selling on. Anything that can’t be sold or donated should be recycled if possible, and only things that cannot go into recycling equipment should be thrown away.
Reconsider Your Recycling Equipment
Following on from your declutter, you should have a good idea of the kind of items your business or home disposes of regularly. Re-evaluate your current recycling set up and consider if there is any room for improvement. For example, if you are producing a lot of cardboard waste, a baler recycling machine could be a worthwhile investment in your premises. Think about where you have bins around common areas, and the kind of recycling bins you need in each location.
Look For Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
Once you have cleared your clutter and considered your recycling, the next thing on your plan should be to start cleaning. The products you choose can have a big impact on the environment, and it is essential you choose ones which are eco-friendly. Look out for verified ecolabels on any products you are purchasing and look at the ingredients list as part of your buying decision.
When you are ready to get on with your Spring clean, try to make it as fun as possible. Create a playlist of your favourite tunes, and encourage others in your home or business to get involved too. Your Spring clean doesn’t need to be a chore, and with the right process in place, it can have a positive impact on the planet too.