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Charles Moody is The Green Defender

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Read how owner, Charles Moody, began the process of making Solutex into a company that focuses on both the health of the environment and the satisfaction of our customers. 




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This is part one of a four-part article profiling Charles Moody and his company, Solutex, Inc.

Charles Moody put a lot of thought into the name Solutex, Inc., the janitorial supply distributorship he created in 1995. When brainstorming ideas, he knew he didn’t want to include the word “chemical.”

“The word ‘chemicals’ was such a dirty word,” he says.

Eventually, Moody landed on Solutex, with its root in the word “solution.” It was an easy way to avoid the unfavorable imagery associated with chemicals. And the company name Solutex has done quite well for Moody, who has grown to be a well-known player in the Virginia and Washington, D.C., market.

These days, however, Moody isn’t looking to avoid the word “chemical” — he’s hoping to rebuild its reputation, one green cleaning product at a time.

First, Moody has ensured that every chemical sold under the Solutex brand name uses surfactants deemed safer by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI). What’s more, Moody has worked with the EPA’s Safer Choice program, formerly called Design for the Environment (DfE), to earn Safer Choice certification for 20 of the company’s products, including many of its most popular chemicals.

And Solutex has made these changes while maintaining above average gross profit margins, he says.

“Never in this whole thing has this made us a weaker company or given us fewer choices,” says Moody. “I don’t think of it as a sacrifice as much as a benefit.”

Not So Green

Moody got his start in the cleaning supply business driving a truck for a distributor called J. Reilly & Associates. He later moved over to sales and learned as much as he could from his boss and mentor Jim Palmer.

Moody worked for J. Reilly & Associates for nine years before leaving to start Solutex with his wife, Monica, in 1995 at age 27. The company grew little by little until Moody acquired another local distributor in 1998 from a couple looking to retire. Solutex again acquired local distributors in 2006 and 2007, and both Moody and Monica, who serves as Solutex’s vice president and CFO, began to make themselves known in the jan/san industry — though not yet for green cleaning products.

In fact, when Moody founded Solutex back in 1995, he wasn’t thinking about green cleaning. He says he always used to lean rightward politically, and he even used to view the EPA as a “big brother organization that fines companies and puts them out of business.”

“I had the negative view of what you see on TV and what the news portray,” says Moody.

That all changed on a plane ride back from ISSA/INTERCLEAN in 2011. Sitting next to a chemist from the EPA, Moody struck up a conversation about the program then known as DfE.

Until that point, Solutex had largely avoided green cleaning products. The company almost exclusively sells private label products, and, as such, couldn’t simply sell national chemical brands that had already received third-party green cleaning certification. As it so happened, many of Solutex’s private-label chemicals were already worthy of third-party certification, but Moody’s business wasn’t prepared to pay some of the fees associated with third-party certification.

Enter the EPA’s DfE program, now known as Safer Choice. On the plane ride back from the convention, the EPA employee answered Moody’s questions and sufficiently piqued his interest. Moody, who was always something of a green cleaning skeptic, was immediately sold. It was as if a switch had been flipped.

As soon as he got back to the office, he immediately tasked his office manager, Karey Deihr, with contacting each of his chemical vendors to inquire about chemical formulas and how they could be changed. She was shocked at first, since it was a big undertaking, but Moody’s enthusiasm was apparent.

“Charlie is so passionate,” says Deihr, “it’s contagious.”

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Multi-Clean
Green clean using the Multi-Task
patented dilution control system

Carpet & Upholstery Stains Gone
in an Instant with Proxi
Just Spray & Walk Away

This is part one of a four-part article profiling Charles Moody and his company, Solutex, Inc.

Charles Moody put a lot of thought into the name Solutex, Inc., the janitorial supply distributorship he created in 1995. When brainstorming ideas, he knew he didn’t want to include the word “chemical.”

“The word ‘chemicals’ was such a dirty word,” he says.

Eventually, Moody landed on Solutex, with its root in the word “solution.” It was an easy way to avoid the unfavorable imagery associated with chemicals. And the company name Solutex has done quite well for Moody, who has grown to be a well-known player in the Virginia and Washington, D.C., market.

These days, however, Moody isn’t looking to avoid the word “chemical” — he’s hoping to rebuild its reputation, one green cleaning product at a time.

First, Moody has ensured that every chemical sold under the Solutex brand name uses surfactants deemed safer by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI). What’s more, Moody has worked with the EPA’s Safer Choice program, formerly called Design for the Environment (DfE), to earn Safer Choice certification for 20 of the company’s products, including many of its most popular chemicals.

And Solutex has made these changes while maintaining above average gross profit margins, he says.

“Never in this whole thing has this made us a weaker company or given us fewer choices,” says Moody. “I don’t think of it as a sacrifice as much as a benefit.”

Not So Green

Moody got his start in the cleaning supply business driving a truck for a distributor called J. Reilly & Associates. He later moved over to sales and learned as much as he could from his boss and mentor Jim Palmer.

Moody worked for J. Reilly & Associates for nine years before leaving to start Solutex with his wife, Monica, in 1995 at age 27. The company grew little by little until Moody acquired another local distributor in 1998 from a couple looking to retire. Solutex again acquired local distributors in 2006 and 2007, and both Moody and Monica, who serves as Solutex’s vice president and CFO, began to make themselves known in the jan/san industry — though not yet for green cleaning products.

In fact, when Moody founded Solutex back in 1995, he wasn’t thinking about green cleaning. He says he always used to lean rightward politically, and he even used to view the EPA as a “big brother organization that fines companies and puts them out of business.”

“I had the negative view of what you see on TV and what the news portray,” says Moody.

That all changed on a plane ride back from ISSA/INTERCLEAN in 2011. Sitting next to a chemist from the EPA, Moody struck up a conversation about the program then known as DfE.

Until that point, Solutex had largely avoided green cleaning products. The company almost exclusively sells private label products, and, as such, couldn’t simply sell national chemical brands that had already received third-party green cleaning certification. As it so happened, many of Solutex’s private-label chemicals were already worthy of third-party certification, but Moody’s business wasn’t prepared to pay some of the fees associated with third-party certification.

Enter the EPA’s DfE program, now known as Safer Choice. On the plane ride back from the convention, the EPA employee answered Moody’s questions and sufficiently piqued his interest. Moody, who was always something of a green cleaning skeptic, was immediately sold. It was as if a switch had been flipped.

As soon as he got back to the office, he immediately tasked his office manager, Karey Deihr, with contacting each of his chemical vendors to inquire about chemical formulas and how they could be changed. She was shocked at first, since it was a big undertaking, but Moody’s enthusiasm was apparent.

“Charlie is so passionate,” says Deihr, “it’s contagious.”

- See more at: http://www.cleanlink.com/sm/article/How-Charles-Moody-Came-To-Believe-In-Green-Cleaning-Products--19998#sthash.SdjLLDE8.dpuf

 

Release Date: June 12, 2015

STERLING, VIRGINIA- Solutex, Inc., a janitorial and facility maintenance supply company, was named a 2015 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award Winner for its

 

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Solutex, Inc. Receives EPA’s Partner of the Year Award

 

Release Date: June 12, 2015

STERLING, VIRGINIA- Solutex, Inc., a janitorial and facility maintenance supply company, was named a 2015 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award Winner for its outstanding achievement in the design, promotion, and sale of cleaning and facility maintenance products that are safer for families, workplaces, communities, and the environment.  The President, Charles Moody said, “We are very honored to receive this award and are grateful to our customers and formulating partners who have made it possible.”  Solutex, Inc. is among the 21 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for this year.

Partner of the Year award winners represent a wide variety of leadership organizations, such as Fortune 500 companies, small- and medium-sized businesses, state governments, and non-governmental organizations. The 2015 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards will be presented during a public ceremony on June 22, 2015 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

All types of businesses are looking into “going green”. Property Management companies are increasingly asking for green alternatives to the products that they are currently using.  Solutex has been at the forefront of the movement to “go greener”. In 2012, they became the first Champion Partner with the EPA’s Safer Detergent Stewardship Initiative (SDSI). This means that all of the products offered by Solutex use safer surfactants and meet or exceed the EPA’s standards. These surfactants break down to non-polluting compounds that are much safer for the environment than their alternative.

Solutex is proud to be a Partner of the Year with the EPA. You can read more about Solutex and the Partner of the Year Award at http://www2.epa.gov/saferchoice/safer-choice-partner-year-awards

 

 

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Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI)  

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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 reformno_ape_npe_circle.jpgulated 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!

 

 

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!

 

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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:

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  • Partial Transmission
  • Fire Hose
  • Boots
  • 4 Bicycle Frames
  • Shopping Carts
  • Multiple Golf Balls, Tennis Balls and Softballs
  • An American Flag, which we kept.
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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.

 

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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!

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live_green_no_writing_good_small.jpg"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
  • Green Peace 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
  • Trees for the Future, Planting Trees, Changing Lives. http://www.treesforthefuture.org/os/

"Going Green"

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.

 
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