Dr. Jason Marshall is the director of the TURI Labs at the UMASS Lowell campus. The Cleaning Laboratory tests the performance of both industrial and janitorial cleaning products to encourage companies, institutions, and product formulators to choose and develop safer substitutes. Whether you're a metal finishing company, product formulator, facility manager or any organization looking for safer cleaning products and processes, the TURI Laboratory can help.
The Cleaning Laboratory's mission since its inception in 1994, is to focus on cleaning methods and chemistries to evaluate the effectiveness of different cleaners and equipment for a variety of substrates and soils.
EPA's Design for Environment, now Safer Choice, recognized the Cleaning Laboratory's work by designating the Laboratory as a champion in its Safer Detergents Initiative.
How They Do It
The Cleaning Laboratory uses standardized testing procedures for testing both industrial cleaning and janitorial cleaning products. We work with your existing conditions -- substrates, soils, contaminants, and cleaning equipment, in the lab and at your site. We offer performance validation testing for label certifications such as Green Seal or government purchasing programs. And, we can work with your product to identify an effective alternative formulation when necessary to fully meet the green certification that you seek.
We provide onsite piloting with your equipment and your staff to make sure that the product and the process work well together.
Search their CleanerSolutions Database for performance data on thousands of cleaning products.
Today’s freebie is two handouts about the TURI Labs and their work. You can click here to get them downloaded to you.
While attending the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago this spring, I was lucky enough to meet and interview Chef Rick Bayless.
Today you will meet Robyn and she is the blogger behind Less This Mess. She's a mom, wife and pupper mom to an all boy household. She transformed her OCD tendencies into a passion of inspiring others to live a more organized life.
Robyn says, "Our homes are representation of who we are, if our home is cluttered so are all areas of our life. Our home is the heart of our life and it needs to be functioning at its best to provide our families and ourselves with optimum support. I look so forward to our journey together, a journey that will inspire change within your home resulting in an Organized Life! Are you ready? Let’s get started and begin a new normal!"
Listen as Robyn takes us through the house and gives us simple tips to getting ready to organize and then doing it. You'll get some great tips and love her energy. She does coaching calls, so if you enjoy this show and want to get started you can see more at her web site; www.lessthismess.com
This show is sponsored by Maid Brigade
and also by Speed Cleaning
Our nonprofit organization provides America’s first comprehensive human health-focused certification for nontoxic products across store aisles, from baby to personal care to household and beyond. Our goal is to change the way products are made in this country to ultimately eliminate the use of toxic chemicals altogether. We make it easy for people to find and buy products made without known toxic chemicals, give companies a road map for making safe products, and make it easy for retailers to select products that aren’t known to cause harm.
MADE SAFE screens ingredients against our Toxicant Database of known harmful chemicals, which is made up of thousands of chemicals found on scientifically authoritative lists from organizations and agencies around the world.
We then go above and beyond to examine ingredients for bioaccumulation, persistence, and general and aquatic toxicity.
MADE SAFE™ screens ingredients in products for known:
Amy Ziff, Founder and Executive Director Amy is a healthy living educator with a genetic predisposition to toxicity. She’s also mom to three young kids who share the same trait. Determined to make the world less toxic, Amy reached millions of parents and caregivers with her “buy better” advocacy campaigns. She blogs about the chemical world we live in on Amy Ziff’s NoTox Life, and prior to founding Nontoxic Certified, taught classes on living a nontoxic life and co-founded the Veritey Shop, a site comprised of safe, nontoxic products. Amy is changing the world for the healthier one product at a time, one person at a time, one home at a time.