Champion Ultra Green Hand Soap 950-DR

Avoid anti-bacterial or anti-microbial products. And, choose foam formulations that can save water.

When to Use

Bulk liquid hand soap.  For gravity-feed soap dispensers. 

Type

Industrial

Cost Savings

55 gal drum - cheaper than cartridge-based soaps. 

Info on this product category: Hand Soaps

Why Go Green

  • Green products have safer ingredients. Cleaning products often contain a variety of hazardous ingredients, including quaternary ammonium compounds, alkylphenol ethoxylates, 2-butoxyethanol, glycol ethers, and ethanolamine. These pose health hazards to workers and building occupants, as well as environmental hazards downstream.
  • Green products reduce waste, by emphasizing recycled and/or recyclable packaging.
  • Green products are sold as concentrates whenever possible, which means that shipping weight is 1/64 – 1/256 that of ready to use products - dramatically reducing fuel requirements for shipping.
  • Green products use dilution systems to prevent exposure to concentrated products.
  • The costs of green products and conventional products are now roughly equivalent (see our report).

Criteria for Hand Soaps

Products certified under the Green Seal GS-41 or UL 2784/EcoLogo CCD-104 ecolabels. Hand soaps labeled antimicrobial or containing triclosan or triclocarban are prohibited.

SF Environment may conduct its own review of specific products that are not formally certified, determine whether those products substantially meet the standards, and on that basis allow the use of those products.

Last updated

Last updated: 
February 7, 2014

Reports

The Real Cost of Institutional Green Cleaning (2009). Report by SF Environment that includes a cost survey of conventional vs. green cleaning products. Costs were roughly equivalent for most product categories.  Costs of ready-to-use products averaged 15 times higher than concentrates; aerosols averaged 27 times higher.

Guide for City Staff

City Custodians:

  1. Are required to buy these cleaners (if needed):
  2. Post the City department green cleaning checklist/poster

  3. Post tips (for microfibers, disinfecting, dusting, polishing, floor care, kitchens, restrooms) from custodial green cleaning training videos by SF Environment. 

  4. Disinfectants are only important for surfaces like doorknobs.
  5. Switch to microfiber mops and cloths, which can prevent injuries because there's no need for heavy mop buckets.
  6. Install closed-loop dilution systems (if possible) to prevent employee exposure to hazardous concentrates.

Non-custodial City Staff:

Recycling Instructions

It's illegal to trash cleaners (and other chemicals, electronics, lighting, metal, paints). So do one of the following:

  • Use what you already have. 
  • Give them to someone who needs them.
  • Legally and safely dispose them. Post this recycling poster (available in Spanish/Chinese) above each trash bin. Then get a pick up.

Citywide Contract

Special Purchasing Instructions

Guide for Small Businesses & Homes

  • Try microfiber mops and cloths, which can get rid of 99% of bacteria with plain water.
  • Make your own cleaners from common materials like baking soda, castille soap, or lemon juice.
  • See consumer products on GoodGuide.
  • Use disinfectants sparingly. The most important surfaces are doorknobs.
  • Choose ready-to-use, peroxide- or citric acid-based disinfectants.  Avoid disinfectants that list hypochlorites or quaternary ammonium compounds as ingredients (e.g., ammonium chloride).
  • Small businesses can save money by switching to industrial/institutional cleaners.  Ready-to-use products are 15 times more expensive than concentrates.
  • Custodial companies that are SF Green Businesses should watch the custodial green cleaning training videos by SF Environment, and consider posting Custodial Green Cleaning Tips (available in Spanish and Chinese).
  • Legally and safely dispose of cleaners (and other chemicals, electronics, lighting, metal, paints) in the San Francisco Bay Area or rest of the U.S

Guide for Large Organizations

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