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CLEANING AND JANITORIAL SUPPLIES

9. Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation

Switch to microfiber cloths

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SDG Alignment

Target Description

Level of Effort

UN SDG Target

9.4

By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities

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Category Assessment

Assessment

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(1) Identify the variety of cloth materials currently being used for janitorial services.
(2) Conduct research on the different types of microfiber cloths available in the market (example: standard weave, waffle weave, micro-chenille, microfiber pad, heavy-duty and medium grade).
(3) Perform cost analysis to evaluate the economic feasibility to make the switch, as microfiber cloths are expensive but have a longer life.
(4) Research and identify different vendors of microfiber cloths in the market.

Opportunity

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Business:
Long term cost savings due to higher lifespan of microfiber cloths, reduced need for cleaning chemicals, and potential to market this as a sustainability initiative.

Sustainability:
Increased safety due to a decline in cleaning chemicals used and reduced water used for cleaning microfiber cloths - uses 10 to 20 times less liquid than standard cotton mops (cotton mops use 105 gallons of water to clean 100 rooms while microfiber mops use only 5 gallons of water to clean 100 rooms).

Strategy Build & Execution

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(1) Based on the cost analysis conducted earlier, determine the level of change incorporated (gradual vs full switch).
(2) Based on the analysis done on the different types of microfibers, determine the best option to proceed with various types depending on the purpose (wood, glass, machines, etc.).
(3) Select a supplier or check if the existing supplier has the option to provide these cloth materials and establish a contract if required.
(4) Explain to the company janitorial department on the sustainability view behind the switch.
(5) Provide the department employees training on how to use the microfiber cloths effectively.

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

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(1) Leverage on the strong relationship with existing suppliers on the discount options for bulk purchases with a variety of choices.
(2) Ensure the establishment of sustainability benchmarks for this switch.
(3) Agree on the quality and quality management of these products with your supplier.

Supplier Performance & Management

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Perform annual Supplier Relationship Review and are required for sustainability reporting in annual reviews. Maintain records of turnaround time, takeback program profit and loss reporting, purchasing and warehousing cost, average inventory level, and inventory variations.

Perform an internal review after the program has been implemented to evaluate the commercial impact of large-scale computer refurbishment, and environmental impact; compare to historical data.

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