The Ashkin Group, Bloomington, Ind., has been awarded a contract to help Mexico implement green cleaning and develop standards for the use of environmentally preferable cleaning products and tools.

“Essentially, NAGPI’s goal is to educate, enhance, and promote green products and services and improve environmental protection for all of North America,” says Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group. “It will also help harmonize environmental purchasing, which should result in significant economic benefits for the jan/san industry throughout North America.”

Ron Segura, senior project manager of The Ashkin Group and president of Segura & Associates, Belmont, Calif., will head the project for The Ashkin Group.

“Everyone we have worked with in Mexico seems to be receptive to what we are doing,” says Segura, who along with Ashkin predicts the project will smoothly progress. “We know things are not going to change overnight, but we are being greeted with open doors, which have helped us already.”

Ashkin adds that green cleaning is a journey and agrees many challenges are ahead. “It has to be designed in such a way that the marketplace takes ownership of it and competitive forces drive and improve it,” he says. “But we are very excited about the opportunities in Mexico and hope to help lay a strong foundation that will benefit the people and industry in Mexico, as well as the environment.”