Yippie yippie! We aren’t all perfect. (See the “Green Issue,” November 9.) I own the local cleaning company Chick’s Cleaning and am greening up how we do business. When I was getting our MSDS sheets together for training I made a decision to go natural. I personally was exposed to extremely hazardous chemicals in my earlier working years (without any training)and won’t expose my employees to unsafe practices. I still have a long ways to go before I shout from the rooftops how green we are. We are a growing business and see our future carbon footprint to be considerably smaller.

One problem that I see all too often is using green as a marketing tool and having in some cases horrible practices. Rest assured, we are going deeper than how green we can market ourselves. That would be easy. Green is good. For employees it means a safer environment, customers can get informed and maybe look at their own practices more, and I can sleep at night knowing we haven’t made the world worse by clogging up a landfill and depleting the ozone. Not to mention the indoor air quality and health problems associated with the chemicals used.

Keep the green articles coming. I particularly like the articles aimed at big businesses. Consumers couldn’t do the damage some companies do in a day of operating.

Melissa Matthews
Portland

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