Cleaning Supplies

Sustainable cleaning supplies can help to provide healthy indoor environments and safe working conditions for staff, faculty members and students.

UBC's Green Cleaning Program, run by UBC Building Operations, includes a comprehensive set of green cleaning and housekeeping initiatives that incorporate sustainability into Custodial Services’ daily operations.

Use the following guidelines to purchase day-to-day items such as dish soap, surface cleaners, and air fresheners.

Choose
  • Non-toxic EcoLogo or Green Seal certified cleaning products
  • Biodegradable, plant-based products
Avoid
  • Common toxic ingredients in cleaning supplies. The following is a brief list of some of the most commonly found toxins in certain product areas:
    • Synthetic 'fragrance' or 'parfum'
    • Triclosan (dishwashing soap, hand soap)
    • 2-Butoxyethanol (multipurpose cleaners)
    • Synthetic dyes

Where to Purchase

  • Staples Advantage
  • Prospective purchasers of commercial cleaning supplies are asked to contact their Facility Manager, since they may have pre-approved green cleaning supplies readily available.

Labels to Look for

EcoLogo

Certification provides assurance that a product, service or packaging meets rigorous multi-attribute, life cycle–based environmental standards.

Green Seal

Offers life cycle assessment for the development of many products and services, and guarantees products perform as well as conventional products while causing less harm to the environment.

Greenguard Certification

Certifies products in more than 15 categories, such as furniture, for low emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into indoor air.