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ecoBuilding_webIt’s amazing how much of a mess people make when they clean up; a mess of the environment, that is. Many of our favorite cleaning products consist of very powerful chemicals that end up in our water, food, and bodies. And usually, the better the product works, the more powerful the chemical! It’s certainly a paradox, this polluting the environment in order to clean up our surroundings. But clean we must; Bubonic plague and the common cold are always waiting in the wings, ready to pounce on an unsanitary society. If we want to be clean and healthy, we have to use products with strong chemicals to clean up. What choice do we have?

Plenty, says Irit Tsach, head of Marketing & Business Development at Israel‘s Ecobuilding, the first full-service ecologically-conscious home and office maintenance service in Israel. While many startups seize on an advanced, high-technology principle to develop their product or service, Ecobuilding believes in turning the clock back – using principles of nature in order to keep modern homes, apartment buildings, offices, and factories clean!

If eco-consciousness and keeping multi-story buildings clean and healthful seems like an odd pairing, think again; Tsach says that environmentalism and industrial-strength cleaning go hand in hand. “For example,” she says, “one of the tasks we deal with is cleaning out the filters of air conditioning units in large office buildings, a task most maintenance companies would use a commercial chemical preparations for. But we don’t; instead, we use a special combination of enzymes that ‘eats’ the bacteria in the vents, filters and units. Thus, we can keep the air in offices clean without leaving behind chemical residue for workers to breathe – making everyone healthier in the short and long run,” Tsach says.

In fact, all of the maintenance services Ecobuilding offices are similarly “green,” and Tsach says that the results are as good, if not better, than they are with “traditional” chemical-based cleaning systems. While some people may be skeptical – even citing personal experience that they couldn’t, for example, keep the roaches away without bug spray – Tsach says that there are many natural alternatives to such preparations. Having researched and experimented the topic in depth, the Ecobuilding folks (Tsach and company CEO Moti Davidson) present clients with different strategies – and cite statistics and evidence that show that the “green way” is the better way. “Keeping walls, floors, furniture, and other features of homes and offices is often just a matter of using the right tools – brushes, cleaning materials, etc.,” says Tsach, adding that the firm doesn’t just throw water at a problem. “We try to save water wherever possible,” she says. “We work with the client, education them on the most effective and environmentally safe way they can keep their place clean,” Tsach says.

As part of its educational efforts, Ecobuilding hosts on its website a shopping portal, where customers can order for home use some of the same environmentally-safe products Ecobuilding staff uses in its maintenance activities. The portal features products, services, technologies, even artwork and toys – all using “green” ingredients and technology (among the products is a kids’ toy kitchen made out of 100% recycled materials). Right now the portal has about 150 advertisers – all of whom are listed for free, as a service to Israelis who want to live a more eco-friendly life.

“We check out all the advertisers as well as possible to ensure that they really are environmentally-conscious,” Tsach says. “And we don’t take money from the advertisers because we want to make sure we focus on the good these products and companies can do, not how much they pay us.” Tsach says that while there are other eco-portals, none of them offer free display ads to advertisers. “Sites might give a free one or two line listing, but if a business wants to get a bigger ad, they have to pay,” Tsach says. “The criteria is not how much good the product can do, but how much they pay. We avoid that with our system,” she says.

And most of the products on the Ecobuilding portal – as well as the products the company uses in its maintenance work – are actually made in Israel! “There are several Israeli companies dedicated to manufacturing environmentally-friendly cleaning products, and we work with those products and feature them in the shopping portal,” Tsach says. “We try to promote Israeli products wherever possible, and only if a product is not available in Israel will we import one from abroad.” The fact that the vast majority of products used by the company are actually made in Israel is an indication of how many Israelis really do value the environment, she says.

As is the heavy demand for Ecobuilding’s maintenance services; the company cannot keep up with demand, and has been forced to turn down accounts, especially out of the Tel Aviv-Sharon area, “for practical reasons,” says Tsach. “We would very much like to expand to other areas, and eventually we will. There’s no reason that Israel can’t be clean, while keeping the environment safe.”

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One Response to Keeping Clean, the Eco-Consciously Way

  1. common cold is easy to combat, just take lots of vitamin-C and antioxidants”‘.

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