EnvirOx, LLC was started in 1995 as a research project with the primary objective of developing a cleaning technology that would reduce toxicity in a meaningful way. As a secondary objective, the company wanted to reduce the use of packaging materials, energy, and landfill space by performing all or most of the general janitorial cleaning tasks with one, concentrated product. They also recognized that most people will not sacrifice cleaning power for a safer, more environmentally preferable product, and therefore the product must work as well as, or better, than existing technologies.
After extensive testing and re-working of formulations, the EnvirOx research team found that oxygen was the answer, and hydrogen peroxide was the vehicle.
“We effectively eliminated the need for traditional, higher toxicity ingredients such as alcohols, glycol ethers, acid, caustics, amines, ammonia, bleach, phosphates, detergents, and quaternary ammonium compounds,” recalls Patrick Stewart, CEO of EnvirOx, LLC. “The result was one, low toxicity product that performed all the general janitorial cleaning tasks using various dilution rates.”
H2Orange2 was introduced at the 1998 ISSA Show in Las Vegas. At that time, EnvirOx had about a dozen distributors, and no manufacturers’ representatives. By the end of 2001 H2Orange2 had proven itself to 15 manufacturers’ representative groups and 160 distributors all over the country. In Spring of 2003, H2Orange2 became the first hydrogen peroxide-based multi-purpose cleaner to obtain Green Seal certification. At that time, there were only a handful of Green Seal certified products.
Today, EnvirOx has literally transformed the cleaning industry. The company’s original goal of developing a safer cleaning product helped spur the entire industry to become safer and healthier. By December of 2004, there were six other companies with hydrogen peroxide-based cleaners on the market. Just one year later, there were 16 companies with hydrogen peroxide cleaners and a total of 65 companies with some type of Green Seal certified cleaners.
The patented formulation of H2Orange2 has been imitated, but its effectiveness has not been replicated. It remains the environmentally preferred cleaner of choice for thousands of schools, sports arenas, healthcare facilities, office buildings, national landmarks and government offices. It is the only environmentally preferred cleaner chosen by the City of Santa Monica, and is on the preferred list for the state programs of Massachusetts and Vermont, the counties of Ventura, Calif. and King, Wash., as well as many major cities and municipalities across the country. It is also a preferred product for the U.S. Department of the Interior.
In addition to the core product of H2Orange2, EnvirOx offers nine other environmentally preferred cleaning products for specialty cleaning needs.