The cleaning industry has seen a shift in priorities, thanks in part to measures like the Dow Jones Sustainability Index gaining credibility, and corporate leaders talking about the triple bottom line of social, environmental and economic success. According to reports in the Chicago Tribune, embracing sustainability, the practice of meeting today's needs without compromising future generations' ability to meet their own needs, is just one way manufacturers can stand out from the crowd.

It is expected that sustainable cleaning products are the wave of the future and soon, cleaners will have little choice on whether or not to address the trend. More and more manufacturers have jumped on the environmental bandwagon and are encouraging businesses to change their thinking to realize that sustainability often leads to even bigger gains.

Marvin Klein, president of PortionPac creates environmentally friendly cleaning products to promote safety more than profit. "If you can't get the floor cleaned without injuring the people who are cleaning it, or the people there, then it's better to leave the floor dirty," he says.

The company also encourages end-users to use the fewest number of cleaning products possible to boost productivity and reduce error. That is part of the companies overall philosophy of stressing less is more in producing, distributing and discarding cleaning solutions.

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