In the days and years leading up to April 1970, it was all too common to see toxic clouds pour out of smoke stacks. Americans didn't protest when factories dumped toxic waste into streams and rivers. These activities were commonplace because without the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, there was little courts could do to stop the pollution.

At least, that was the case until April 22, 1970, the very first Earth Day — a reality that finally came to fruition after seven years of promotion from senate representatives and other government officials.

In 1970, the purpose of Earth Day was to make the environment top-of-mind and bring to light the damage our growing population was doing to the Earth. Today, the purpose of Earth Day has changed a bit. Although it is still a time to reflect on how we can improve, Earth Day has become more than just one day. Environnmental practices are being implemented throughout the year and April 22nd has become a day of recognition and celebration.

The jan/san industry, for example, has made many strides to reduces its impact on the environment on a daily basis. The implementation and promotion of more environmentally sound chemicals, energy-efficient equipment, recycled paper and microfiber have aided in the support of environmental initiatives. In addition to products, sustainable cleaning processes and procedures have contributed to enrionmental goals and the overall facility vision.

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