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Green Cleaning Market is Ripe For the Picking

July 14, 2008

Environmentally sustainable products and manufacturing processes are making big gains in the industrial and institutional cleaning products industry, but there are still substantial opportunities for companies to garner larger shares, according to researchers at Kline & Company.

According to the research firm’s new report, “Green Cleaning: A Significant Element of Environmentally Sustainable Solutions,” truly green cleaners account for only 2-5% of the products sold in the $17.5 billion U.S. cleaning products market for household, janitorial, food service and laundry chemicals. However, many products with green components have been available for some time, including concentrates sold with dilution and dispensing systems that require less energy to ship, zinc-free floor finishes, cold-water laundry detergents and right-sized packaging.

“Green cleaning is the predominant theme in the industry,” said Bruce Boynick, industry manager for Kline’s industrial and institutional cleaners practice. “Customers are actively evaluating ways to decrease their carbon footprints, whether they are household consumers or away-from-home users such as schools, factories or restaurants and hotels.”

Kline’s report examines the role and makeup of green cleaning products, opportunities within the market, how advocacy groups, government agencies and industry groups have influenced opinions, and change throughout the value chain, from raw materials suppliers and producers to retailers and end users.

According to Kline, greener companies not only develop greener products and manufacturing processes, they also display leadership in the value chain and commitment to environmental sustainability in their mission, values and management.

“Environmental leadership is occurring at each level of the marketing channel—among manufacturers but also among distributors, retailers, consumers and away-from-home end users,” noted Mr. Boynick. “Best-in-class companies not only market green products and programs, but also have more sustainable operations and exhibit leadership in the marketing channel,” he said.

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