Tennant announced that it's ec-H2O technology has been shown to significantly reduce environmental footprints across seven key categories when compared to traditional cleaning with chemicals. The findings are the result of an independent study conducted by the environmental sustainability group EcoForm.
Developed by Tennant researchers and engineers, ec-H2O technology converts plain tap water into a powerful chemical-free all-purpose cleaner that delivers proven cleaning results without the negative environmental and health concerns associated with producing, packaging, transporting, using, and disposing of traditional cleaning chemicals. The chemical free cleaning technology has been recognized and honored for its significance to safety, the environment and the cleaning industry by Sustainable Industries’ Top 10 Green Building Products guide, the Premier Innovation Celebration, the European Business Awards, the Australian Business Awards, and R&D Magazine.
“Tennant Company’s ec-H2O chemical free cleaning technology has been heavily lauded by both industry and environmental leaders for its benefits to cleaning performance and the environment,” said Chris Killingstad, president and CEO of Tennant Company. “The findings of this study validate what we and leading-edge customers have known all along—ec-H2O is an environmentally sustainable cleaning technology.”
To obtain footprint reduction calculations, the study compared a Tennant T3 20-inch auto-scrubber with ec-H2O technology to a conventional T3 using traditional cleaning chemicals over 25,000-square feet cleaning five times per week for education facilities and seven times per week for retail and healthcare facilities. If one would consider a larger machine or a larger cleanable area, the footprint reductions would be even more favorable. The analysis included an evaluation of the cleaning machine, the technology and the packaging, including materials used and processes employed during manufacturing. In the study traditional neutral pH cleaning chemicals were set as the base. Using ec-H2O chemical free cleaning technology will reduce the footprint significantly from that base. As an example, ec-H2O chemical free cleaning could reduce the energy footprint by 95%.
“Typical footprint reductions on ‘environmentally sustainable’ cleaning technologies are between 10 to 20 percent compared to traditional methods. But even taking a conservative testing approach, Tennant’s ec-H2O chemical free cleaning technology is achieving environmental footprint reductions as high as 98 percent—that’s a 98 percent improvement in environmental sustainability over traditional cleaning with chemicals,” said Killingstad. “This report reinforces that ec-H2O is effective, safe and sustainable.”