The Public Transportation Industry and Sustainability
The public transportation industry is often at or near the center of discussions about sustainability. The bottom line is that public transit systems reduce the number of vehicles on the road. This saves fuel and it saves on emissions. For example, compare the emissions of one bus with 50 passengers versus those same passengers driving 50 separate cars. The reduced emissions have a tremendous effect on the air quality of our cities.
A move toward public transportation, then, is already a move toward sustainability. However, the question that the managers and operators of public transportation systems should be asking is, how can we improve further? These can be big problems and solutions or small ones. For example, partnering with cities to implement programs to decrease congestion and promote ridership. On the other hand, actively searching for ways to reduce or recycle waste is a simple and efficient way to help an operation’s bottom line. Below are a few ideas to improve sustainability in the public transportation industry.
Reduce Barriers and Encourage Ridership
Getting more people to use public transportation should be priority number one. Look for ways to increase access to public transportation and incentivize its use.
Lower-Flow Plumbing Fixtures in Facilities
With the sheer number of passengers moving through bus and train stations, public transportation systems can use a tremendous amount of water. By switching to low-flow fixtures in sinks and toilets, public transit systems can reduce water usage by 30%.
LED lighting fixtures are eight times more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent lighting, with bulbs that last eight times longer. LED lighting is also three times more efficient than fluorescents.
A Greener Option for Clean
Cleaning products are often full of harsh, toxic chemicals like bleach, ammonia, and chlorine. However, environmentally friendly options are available that are botanically derived without losing any cleaning effectiveness. It’s a sustainable move that can also increase your indoor air quality.
A Safer Way to Clean for Sustainability
Bioesque Solutions was founded on one simple principle: there must be a safer way! Little did we know when we first started this journey, safer could also be better. We are a pioneer in the development and distribution of disinfectants and cleaning products. Bioesque Solutions specializes in bringing the benefits of nature to address the demanding and ever-changing needs of commercial customers across various industries, including public transportation, health care, food service, janitorial, and restoration.
Electrostatic Sprayers for Fast, Efficient Cleaning
Public transportation systems are used by thousands of people daily all across the country. And while the coronavirus pandemic certainly hit this industry hard, the fact remains that people still need to get from point A to point B. Increased cleaning schedules became part of the public transit industry’s response to help curb the spread of pathogens. And initially, it was rough going as companies looked for ways to keep everyone safe while still getting the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible. To do so, many organizations turned to electrostatic sprayers for the application of their disinfectant solutions.
What are Electrostatic Sprayers?
Electrostatic sprayers are machines that actually add a charge to disinfectant solutions. Particles of approved disinfectant solutions receive a positive charge while they’re being sprayed, helping them to quickly and evenly adhere to a large variety of surface types. EPA-run tests of these sprayers found good spray deposition and wrap-around effect when using approved disinfectants according to manufacturers’ directions. That is, the spray quickly and efficiently covered the tested zones and clung to areas that would normally be missed by a conventional sprayer.
Bioesque Botanical Disinfectant Solution
Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution is the only ready-to-use botanical disinfectant approved for use in electrostatic sprayers. It’s also on the EPA’s List N and features a 55-second kill-time against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). It’s an all-purpose solution capable of cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and deodorizing in one step and kills 99.9% of bacteria in two minutes, 99.9% of mold and fungi in three minutes, and 99.9% of viruses in four minutes.
A Safer Way to Clean
Cleaning chemicals like bleach, chlorine, and ammonia are very effective, but come with an added cost: they’re harsh, toxic, and terrible for the environment. Bioesque Solutions was founded on the principle that there must be a safer way to clean without sacrificing the power of these chemicals. With a formula that is free of bleach and other harsh chemicals, Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution is a great choice for hazard-conscious or environmentally sensitive settings.
Rising to the Challenge with Electrostatic Sprayers
Current Harvard University guidelines for cleaning commercial aircraft include disinfection before every flight as well as a daily deep cleaning. The quick turnaround time of flights as well as the varied types of surfaces in aircraft present a particular challenge to airline cleaning crews. As a result, many airlines have turned to electrostatic sprayers for the application of disinfectants. Electrostatic sprayers work by applying a positive charge to the particles of approved disinfectant solutions. This positive charge causes the particles to cling to negatively charged surfaces, efficiently handling a large area of various hard non-porous surface types. Tests run by the EPA showed good spray deposition and “wrap-around” effect – that is, good coverage – when using approved disinfectants according to manufacturer’s directions. Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution is one such approved disinfectant.
Bioesque Botanical Disinfectant Solution
Our Botanical Disinfectant Solution is a ready-to-use all-purpose solution capable of cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and deodorizing in one step. In addition to being approved for electrostatic sprayers, the Botanical Disinfectant Solution is on the EPA’s List N. The EPA expects all products on this list to kill all strains and variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) when used according to the label directions. Our solution actually features a 55-second kill-time against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). It also kills 99.9% of bacteria in two minutes, 99.9% of mold and fungi in three minutes, and 99.9% of viruses in four minutes.
A Safer Way to Clean
Cleaning chemicals like bleach, chlorine, and ammonia are very effective, but come with an added cost: they’re harsh, toxic, and terrible for the environment. Bioesque Solutions was founded on the principle that there must be a safer way to clean without sacrificing the power of these chemicals. With a formula that is free of bleach and other harsh chemicals, Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution is a great choice for hazard-conscious or environmentally sensitive settings. Powered by Thymox technology, it utilizes Thymol, a cutting-edge antimicrobial agent present as a component of Thyme Oil, to quickly power through grime and destroy the germs that it encounters.
Green Cleaning Products are a Natural Choice for Airlines
Green cleaning practices were once thought to be a passing fad. Businesses believed they were destined to be forgotten as environmentally conscious consumers moved on to the next cause. It didn’t help that early green cleaning products were often much weaker and more expensive than their traditional counterparts. However, the green cleaning products market accounted for $3.6 billion in 2019. Furthermore, it is expected to reach $11.6 billion by 2029. Clearly, the ecologically friendly market, driven by highly aware and concerned consumers, is here to stay. Industry experts point to this awareness, along with increased efficacy and competitive price points as the major factor. With the close quarters of an aircraft and a rigorous cleaning schedule, green cleaning products are a natural choice for airlines.
Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution
Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution is the perfect choice for airlines looking to make the move to a greener clean. Capable of cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting and deodorizing in a single step, our Botanical Disinfectant Solution is powered by Thymox technology, free from harsh and toxic chemicals. It utilizes Thymol, a cutting-edge antimicrobial agent present as a component of thyme oil, to quickly power through grime and destroy the germs that it encounters. Furthermore, Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution has AMS 1452C & BSS7434 approved testing, in accordance with SAE International standards. It is also included on the EPA’s List N, featuring a 55-second kill-time against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). It kills 99.9% of bacteria in two minutes, 99.9% of molds and fungi in three minutes, and 99.9% of viruses in four minutes.
A Safer Way to Clean
Cleaning chemicals like bleach, chlorine, and ammonia are very effective. However, they come with an added cost: they’re harsh, toxic, and terrible for the environment. Bioesque Solutions was founded on the principle that there must be a safer way to clean without sacrificing the power of these chemicals. Every Bioesque Solutions product is designed to work together harmoniously like in nature, to bring the future of disinfecting and cleaning to our customers today.
Restroom Cleanliness is a Top Priority
Stadiums, arenas, and other sports facilities see millions of guests walk through their doors each year. And a good number of these fans will make their way to the concessions areas to buy, among other things, soda and alcohol. It’s a high-traffic, high-energy environment. As a result, restrooms at sports facilities can take an absolute beating.
Restroom cleanliness, then, has always been a top priority when it comes to sports facility upkeep. Furthermore, the post-COVID era has led to a new awareness of public health and safety. Studies show that 80% of respondents feel more unsafe using an unclean public restroom now compared with how they felt prior to the pandemic. These sentiments are likely the new normal for the foreseeable future. Sports facility management and janitorial crews must respond accordingly.
High Frequency and High Visibility
A clean appearance and pleasant smell in your venue’s facilities are a must. However, fans today need more. They need to feel safe. They want to know that the venue’s staff is taking care of them while they’re having a good time. So not only does your cleaning crew need a detailed and complete schedule and cleaning protocols, as well as effective disinfecting supplies. They need to maintain a degree of visibility to your guests to put their minds at ease. The following is a list of best practices to make sure your janitorial crews are ensuring a safe, sanitary environment for the fans.
- Build a checklist and a schedule – Stadiums are huge structures. Developing a list that addresses all high-touch areas and contact points – door handles, fixture handles, soap and towel dispensers, countertops will ensure that nothing gets overlooked while a high-frequency schedule will make sure these spots stay clean.
- Personal protective equipment – instruct your staff to wear gloves and face masks while working.
- Adhere to current local social distancing and masking policies.
- Use clean tools – make sure staff is using clean mop heads, scrubbers, buckets, etc.
- Use effective supplies – the EPA’s List N is a list of certified products known to kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19). This list includes Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution, featuring a 55-second kill time.
- Use supplies effectively – apply disinfectants liberally to all restroom surfaces and let them dwell according to the time prescribed by the manufacturer.
Take Care of the Little Things
Going the extra mile to make sure the little things are taken care of goes a long way in fans’ eyes. For example, soap dispensers should never be empty and toilet paper should always be stocked. When fans see management taking care of the little details, they feel a lot safer and more satisfied. This ensures a great time at the game and many repeat visits in the future.