The bottom line has always been important within the corporate world. Organisations need to make decisions that make financial sense to ensure that the company remains viable, is profitable and can continue doing its work.

Making wise financial decisions is particularly crucial at this juncture of South Africa’s current socio-economic situation. One of the often-overlooked financial strategies is that of making wiser financial choices with regards to an organisation’s cleaning supplies. This is due to the fact that these supplies are used daily and as a result they are constantly in need of replenishment. This is true especially for companies such as contract cleaning companies, hotels, guest houses, game lodges (and even regular households), that on average have a tendency of using a larger percentage of cleaning products than other types of organisations.

When faced with this choice, many organisations opt to choose the cheapest version of store-bought chemically based cleaner that they can find. This strategy, however, is ineffective, as although these products are seemingly more cost effective, they are generally less effective at cleaning and therefore more of the product is required. This, in turn, eliminates the perceived savings.

Photo of JJ Coetsee“One of the best strategies I have discovered when it comes to achieving cost savings, while also improving a company’s sustainability scorecard, is to opt for green cleaning products. This is a particularly wise choice considering that the country is in an economic doldrum. This coupled with the fact that large organisations are urged to curb co2 emissions has led to the rise of green corporates,” states John J Coetzee, CEO at Green Worx Cleaning Solutions.

In recent comparative studies, it was found that the use of enzymatic, green cleaning products actually resulted in a large percentage of cost savings for organisations. An analysis conducted on a boutique hotel in Magaliesburg, where chemically based cleaning products were substituted with enzymatic green cleaning products, showed a monthly total cost saving of R14 475.50 which indicated a cost saving variance percentage of 29.8. The spend on the previous cleaning products resulted in R40 820.00 for one month and the spend on the enzymatic, green cleaning products resulted in R28 639.50 for one month.

A similar cost analysis conducted on a Hotel in Cape Town showed a R1 779.53 saving, bringing the monthly housekeeping costs down from R4 364.00 to R2 584.47. This indicated a 40.78% cost saving variance. It also showed a R8 507.96 saving, from R17 465.05 to R8957.09 on the monthly kitchen cleaning costs which indicated a 48.71% cost saving variance.

“Going green is the smart financial choice. Green, enzymatic products are more effective and specifically designed to reduce wastage. As a result, they are perfectly engineered to provide the safest, healthiest clean at the most affordable price,” concludes Coetzee.

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