Green Window Washing

Klear View Window Cleaners

9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

Overview

The two main innovation that company exhibits is the use of tap water to clean the windows, which they purify at their location. The second thing company does is cleaning the windows manually rather than using technologies. The SDG goal the company exhibits is the Goal 17- Sustainable Cities and Communities and Goal 9- Industry , Innovation and Infrastructure.

Authors

Alexis Trautmann

Alexis Trautmann

Eva Sukhija

Eva Sukhija

Kwame Osei

Kwame Osei

ben cadman

ben cadman

Verghese Chiramel

Verghese Chiramel

School

University of Guelph

University of Guelph

Professor

Ruben Burga

Ruben Burga

Innovation

One of the main processes of the company is to detoxify the tap water, remove its chemicals and then use it to clean the windows. This a huge process which involves sourcing out the tap water, ionizing it to remove its toxics and finally using it to clean windows. Secondly workers at Klearview clean windows using their hands. The three main activities include Eavestrough cleaning, Siding Cleaning and Water-fed Pole system. In Eavestrough cleaning, the workers ensure that the downspout is clean by climbing up to it and cleaning it by hand. They also collect the debris by hand, bag it up and dispose of it for the customer. Siding cleaning includes cleaning the interior of the eavestroughs, soffits and fascia. The workers bring their own purified water at the workplace and do not use any high pressure washers to maintain the safety. Moreover, the company use their own trucks which are set up with tanks of purified water that they bring to the house. This allows them to clean windows more efficiently and at a higher quality, all while safely standing on the ground. They referred to this practice as Water Fed Pole system. The practices by Klear view window company aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goal 11- Sustainable Cities and Communities. This goal emphasizes that the development of the cities depends upon the safe removal and management of wastes within the society, while improving resource use and reduction of pollution. The use of pure water by Klearview signifies how the company has been able to reduce land degradation by not using the chemicals. Also, the collection of debris and disposing it off displays waste management techniques the company has initiated upon.

Green Window Washing

Inspiration

Mike, the current manager of the Klear view reflected in his interview that he and his teammates were looking for some profitable startup business. As a student when they used to clean their own homes and windows, it gave them an inspiration to enter this field as it is different and did not have any competition at time. Since, the profession was not organized they entered in this field and became the number one window cleaners that they are today.

Overall impact

Klear View's actions has a huge impact on the environment, workers and the society. The provision of inclusive working environment for employees allow them to have diversity of people from any background with or without experience. The management provides opportunities to train and learn while working at the position and also has a provision for pension plan for its workers. For the society, the company contributes by using purified water which does not affect or harm the environment and is chemical free. Klear view helps in looking cities looking better by having clean windows.

Business benefit

One of the main purposes of any business is to earn profits so that it can satisfy its owners and the employers who are working for the company. Similarly, Klear View’s innovation of doing things manually and using safe water for cleaning windows gives it a comparative advantage with other competitors. In the same business, some of the competitors of Klear view use tap water which contains chemicals and degrades the land or gardens of residential homes. It is also evident that competitors in the same market use highly mechanical instruments which increase costs. However, Klear view has been employing workers to do the job manually. This also provides various job opportunities within the community. These employees work in a safe environment and are provided proper training before jumping into cleaning the high-rise buildings. Overall, the uniqueness of the method used by Klear view provides a benefit to the company in the form of profit they earn.

Social and environmental benefit

The innovation provides a benefit to the society and the environment as the use of purified water to clean the windows does not affect or harm the environment as no extra chemicals are added into the environment. The city and the community looks cleaner when these windows are cleaned. It promotes hygiene and pollution free environment. Similarly less use of equipment to clean the window reduces the amount of pollution and at the same time doing things manually uses less energy.

Interview

Mike Sivak, Manager of Klear View Window Cleaners

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Klear View Window Cleaners

Klear View Window Cleaners

Guelph, ON, CA

Business Website: https://www.klearview.net/

Year Founded: 1985

Number of Employees: 11 to 50

Klear View Window Cleaners Ltd. is a window cleaning company which cleans over 3000 residential areas annually. The company has been in business for more than 30 years, providing services to high rise condominiums, factories and construction projects. Klear view is insured and compliant with workplace safety insurance board and its employees are fully trained to work at heights.