Ashkin Groups Announces Plans for 2014

Bloomington, IN – Stephen Ashkin, President of The Ashkin Group and recognized as the “father of Green Cleaning,” announces that his writings as well as much of the consulting work provided by his company in 2014 will focus on three key areas, all of which affect the professional cleaning and building industries.

Those three areas are:

  1. Paper
  2. Plastic
  3. Electrolyzed water for cleaning

“The issue with paper is that while recycling has proved successful, recycling alone will not meet the world’s paper needs in the 21st century,” says Ashkin. “Other methods, such as harvesting ‘fast-growth’ trees specifically for making paper, will need to be explored.”

As to plastic, Ashkin is concerned that plastic is made from nonrenewable petroleum and natural gas resources “and that the plastics manufacturing process can produce significant amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, which threaten the environment, human health, and the life of the ocean.”

Using more sustainable alternatives to plastic will be explored as well as new technologies that have resulted in the development of “sustainable plastics” that are manufactured using biobased products such as agricultural by-products.

His third area of focus in 2014 is advocating for cleaning with electrolyzed water. According to Ashkin, electrolyzed water should be viewed as a safe, Green, sustainable, and increasingly cost-effective way to perform a number of cleaning tasks.

“This technology has existed for more than 40 years, and we know it can be used for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces,” says Ashkin. “The big change is that electrolyzed water systems are becoming easier to use and more cost effective. That should increase their chances of being viewed as viable Green Cleaning alternatives in the near future.”

While these three topics will be Ashkin’s primary areas of interest in 2014, he adds that Green Cleaning will still be a key part of his writings and his company’s focus.

“Green Cleaning is ever evolving, and we need to keep educating people about these changes and how our end customers can operate their facilities in an increasingly Green and more sustainable manner.”