Chicago, Illionois (PressExposure) August 08, 2007 -- Considering that many marriages donât last this long, itâs remarkable that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the partnership between green cleaning product developer Bradley Systems and The Hertz Corporation, the world's largest general-use car rental company.
The business relationship began in 1997, when Hertz was looking for an industrial strength cleaner-degreaser that posed no health hazards to its employees. And it had to be safe enough to meet Californiaâs strict environmental standards. Such a cleaner didnât existâso the Fortune 500 company asked Bradley Systems to develop one.
âHertz wanted a cleaner-degreaser so safe that OSHA (the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration) would not require their employees to wear any personal protective equipment to use it,â said Mark Bass, co-founder of Bradley Systems Inc. âBut the product had to work fast and cut through dirt, grease and grime. That request provided the impetus for us to develop RTX#9, dubbed America's first 'Zero-Toxic' Cleanerâ because it has no ozone-depleting, greenhouse gas, or global warming chemicals, and is biodegradable in water.â
Doesnât aggravate allergies, asthma, or trigger migraine headaches
RTX#9 is now used at all of Hertzâs car rental operations in North America. âEmployees who use RTX#9 in the workplace prefer it to other cleaners because it is unscented and has hypoallergenic ingredientsâso it doesnât aggravate allergies or asthma, or trigger a migraine headache in susceptible individuals,â says Bass.
According to CleanLink, a cleaning industry publication, research suggests that cleaners could be the reason people who are employed as cleaners and janitors have a higher incidence of asthma than found in other occupations.
âAccording to reports,â says CleanLink, âa common component of products with lemon, orange or pine scentsâknown as terpenesâcan react with ozone in the air to form formaldehyde, which is a carcinogen [cancer-causing agent].â
Hertz and Bradley Systems share a similar vision in their commitment to establishing environmentally responsible business practices throughout their operations. In fact, it was positive environmental feedback on the RTX#9 from Hertz employees that led Bradley Systems to develop Zero-Tox, its lead consumer cleaner-degreaser product.
Zero-Tox is the first all-purpose, hypoallergenic household cleaner that is zero-toxic, biodegradable, with no chlorine, no petroleum, and no ammonia. It carries no health warnings and it has been tested at Duke University and was awarded the ACMIâs AP Seal of Approval. Zero-Tox is available in both the United States and Canada at http://www.zerotoxcleaner.com