Rock Creek Park Clean-Up
Thank you to all who joined us onSaturday, April 6, 2013 at 8:30am to clean up Rock Creek Park! We worked in conjunction with the Alice Ferguson Foundation's Potomac River Watershed Cleanup and the Rock Creek Conservancy's Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup.
Together, we were able to remove 112 bags of trash, 29 bags of recyclables, and an estimated 300lbs of loose trash! We even found the bumper from a BMW!
Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI)
Solutex, Inc. has exciting news for the environment and public health! As an EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) partner, and in conjunction with the Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI) program, effective July 1, 2012 all of the cleaning and chemical products that we sell will be free of commonly used surfactants known as APE's (alkylphenol ethoxylates) and NPE's (nonylphenol ethoxylates). These surfactants do not biodegrade quickly and are more toxic to aquatic life than newer, more advanced, safer surfactants known as LAE's (linear alcohol ethoxylate). LAE's break down quickly into non-polluting compounds and effective July 1, 2012 we will only sell products containing these safer surfactants.
We at Solutex, Inc. take pride in the high performance of our products and have found that all products that we had reformulated to meet our new standard performed better or faster than the previous formula. As an EPA DfE partner many resources have been made available to us. Some of these are the team of dedicated chemists from the EPA'S DfE, the Cleangredients website, and the SDSI formulator listing.
Using cleaning products that contain safer surfactants is an easy way that customers can make a greater impact to help the environment. Solutex is happy to be a resource to help or guide any customers who may want to identify products in their facility that could be replaced with a safer, non APE, NPE product. We would also be happy to help or guide other distributors who are interested in adopting this initiative.
Click here to learn more about SDSI!
Tons of Thanks to everyone who turned out to help on Saturday, April 21!
Together the people who helped out at the Four Mile Run Clean-Up collected a total of about 3,400 POUNDS of trash and recyclables!
Trash: 2,200 pounds
Recyclables: 1,200 pounds
Some of the interesting items found during our cleanup were:
4 Bicycle Frames
Multiple Golf Balls, Tennis Balls and Softballs
An American Flag, which we kept.
We at Solutex would like to heartily thank everyone who came out on Saturday, April 21st. The event was a huge success for the community and for the environment. Over 100 people came out bright and early on their Saturday morning to help out and the results were clearly evident.
A special thanks is also owed to so many people who helped to organize the Clean-Up: the team from the E.P.A., AHC Management, Gunston Middle School, the team from the New Brookside Apartments, Team NVGA Gymnastics, Team Brickman, Team IO Piazza, and the team from The Berkeley. We would also like to thank some of the companies that donated or discounted goods and services for the event: Don's Jon's, Harris Teeter, Dunkin Donuts, Kutol Soap Company and Grandma Piekut for her chili recipe.
Happy Earth Week!
"Live Green, Give Green" is our own environmentally responsible seal of approval. Most of the products that show this seal in our catalog have been tested by a third party, verifying their greener attributes and the safer processes of their manufacture.
Similar earth-friendly seals used by many large chemical manufacturers can be very costly, ranging in fees of $750 to $5,000 per product per year, even when the exact same formula is being used under a different brand name. The fees can really add up, making these greener products much more expensive than they need to be.
Our goal with "Live Green, Give Green" is to provide products with the strictest green standards at a competitive price and to donate a percentage of the sale of these products to a few approved "Environmental Charities" that effectively use these funds to support the environment.
For each "Live Green, Give Green" product purchased we will donate a portion of the proceeds to the following charities:
Humane Farm Animal Care
, a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Herndon, Virginia created to improve the lives of farm animals by setting rigorous standards, conducting annual inspections, and certifying their humane treatment. www.certifiedhumane.org/
The Turtle Hospital
is an organization dedicated to rehabilitating and re-releasing injured sea turtles back in to the wild. www.turtlehospital.org
The Elephant Sanctuary
is a refuge in Tennessee for endangered asian and african elephants. www.elephants.com
Wounded Warrior Project
, An organization dedicated to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members. www.woundedwarrior.org
is an international organization that prioritizes global environmental campaigns. www.greenpeace.org
The Humane Society of the United States,
our country's largest animal protection organization. www.humanesociety.org
The Whole Planet Foundation
uses microcredit to alleviate poverty in communities worldwide. http://www.wholeplanetfoundation.org
We at Solutex, Inc. believe that "Going Green" should not just be the current fashion "statement". We should always evaluate the impact that our actions and spending habits will have on people, our planet, and all the living organisms that inhabit it. It is a constant and evolving effort that changes with the arrival of safer and greener alternatives.
It is exciting to see that many of the technological advances and a greater public awareness have allowed "Earth Friendly" products to compete in both their productivity and price.
Solutex's approach to "Going Green" has been to examine all of the products we market and evaluate which products already meet the highest "Green Standards" established by experts within our industry and scientists working to protect the environment. We were pleasantly surprised that many of our products surpassed these standards. Other products needed a slight modification in which we substituted a safer ingredient for one that was removed.
We are also carefully adding "greener" product alternatives to fill the void where an environmentally friendly product was not previously available.
Finally, we will discontinue any product that can be replaced with a safer alternative that performs just as well and is competitively priced.
Solutex has also increased its commitment to the environment through our own reduction of paper usage, fuel consumption with smaller, yet efficient trucks, energy efficient lighting, and the recycling of paper and all cardboard packaging and boxes.
Our "Live Green, Give Green" program highlights certain products for which Solutex donates a percentage of the sales price to non-profit environmental organizations.
Our "Green in Action" products enable customers to more easily recycle their compact fluorescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes which contain mercury and should not be disposed of in a dumpster.
Things to Consider When you "Go Green"
Performance - Many "greener" products exist that can clean or perform as well as conventional products with little or no extra effort.
Cost - Although some "greener" products are more costly than others, many are well priced and still use superior ingredients to those with less safe alternatives.
Usage - Some paper dispensing systems can actually save on paper usage while keeping restroom patrons happy with the quality. Foam soap can outlast conventional soaps by 2-1.
Packaging - Reduction of packaging means fewer wasted resources and less in the landfills.
Misinformation - Be careful of misleading statements on labels.
100% Natural - Arsenic, mercury, and uranium are also "all natural".
Chemical Free - Water is a chemical and all living things are made of chemicals.
100% Biodegradable - In ten days or ten years?
Resources - Solutex maintains and has access to manufacturer information and test data to prove "greener claims".
Scorecard: www.scorecard.org/chemical - Profiles allow you to enter the CAS numbers found on Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to review their environmental or health impact.
Greenblue: www.cleangredients.org/about/glossary - a great resource and glossary for customers to better understand terms like "bioaccumulation".
LEED-EB: www.usgbc.org - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Existing Building has a program that lists 80 possible points a building must earn to receive certification.