When it comes to anything in life, the saying goes, it’s best to turn lemons, or, lemon-scented cleaning products, into lemonade. That’s certainly been the case for Cleaning Connection, whose ouster from a long-time contract inspired the team to go green.
The company, now in its tenth year of operation, hit a speedbump this year when a major client moved into Camana Bay. The new development has made an environmental commitment to use only non-toxic cleaning products, and Cleaning Connection found themselves elbowed out of the contract by another company that said it could meet the requirement right away.
That’s all changed.
‘We are now using the Green Sense line of chemicals by NCL, and our customers are really happy about it,’ says managing director Josephine Ebanks.
‘We think that making the switch to green is the right way to go.’
Aside from providing their janitorial services to local businesses, Cleaning Connection also cleans eight Grand Cayman schools, including George Hicks, the John Gray schools, Prospect Primary and the Lighthouse school, as well as the Cayman Prep schools and Cayman Academy.
‘I’m very sensitive to strong chemicals, and aside from being environmentally friendly, these products are much less strong-smelling,’ says Ms Ebanks.
‘You can only imagine the difference it makes to the kids, especially these days when so many have special sensitivities and allergies,’ she says.
With a staff of 27, Cleaning Connection hopes to make a name for itself as the island’s green cleaner. And they are confident that it is the right move.
‘Certainly, it has cost us a bit more up front as we need to buy different mops and some machines that pre-dilute the chemicals, but that is slowly being recouped,’ says supervisor Mary Ann Walcott.
‘But it’s worth it as we have a lot less chemical wastage, and we use a lot less over the long run.’
Ms Walcott also noted that the Cleaning Connection employees appreciate the change too.
‘While it was hard to convince some of them at first that the products were working because they don’t smell as strong and are environmentally friendly, now they all love them and are happy that we’ve got their health, as well as our client’s needs, in mind.’
Ms Walcott says that some challenges still lie ahead in convincing potential clients to choose green products.
‘At many companies, procurement decisions are purely based on finances – and a dollar’s difference will make a company choose one supplier over another,’ she says.
‘We need to work harder to make companies see that the bottom line isn’t only spelled out in dollars, but in the health of the environment and of their workplaces.’