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Low-Toxic Cleaning Products

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Re: Low-Toxic Cleaning Products

Dear Building Manager:

Our organization is striving to be recognized as a Green Business by the City and County of San Francisco. In an effort to achieve this designation, we are implementing several resource conservation and pollution prevention practices required by the program. By participating in this program, we are helping to make San Francisco a more sustainable City.

As a tenant in your building, we have limited control over contracts, maintenance schedules, and fixtures, which impact our environmental footprint and ultimately, our recognition as a Green Business. Therefore, we request your help in providing information relevant to our application as well as your support for improving the health and well being of your tenants. We also see this as a wonderful opportunity for the building management to be seen as an environmental leader. Specifically, we request your assistance in choosing low-toxic cleaning products.

The SF Green Business Program requires recognized businesses to use low-toxic cleaning products. Cleaning products often contain hazardous ingredients that pose significant health and environmental concerns. Custodial staff and employees who spend time indoors are particularly susceptible to the health risks posed by these products. Health problems associated with cleaning chemicals include reproductive disorders, organ damage, permanent eye damage, asthma and other respiratory ailments, headaches, dizziness, allergies and fatigue. In addition these chemicals significantly impact water and indoor air quality, presenting further health and environmental concerns.

On behalf of the health and safety of your tenants, we urge you to consider using less-toxic cleaning products in your building. When choosing low-toxic alternatives, please choose products listed on one of the following resources for environmentally preferable purchasing:

If you have any questions, we urge you to contact San Francisco's Green Business Program. The program provides assistance to help businesses choose low-toxic products. We thank you in advance for considering the environment and the health of your tenants and staff when choosing products to keep your building clean. We will contact you next week to follow up on our request.


PS. You can find more information about the SF Green Business Program here: