Stage 4: Environmental Impact Research

Once funding is secured, the Ei Airborne Kitchen Grease (AKG) Initiative moves forward with the following stages:

Although the initial Ei AKG Initiative focus is cost savings, the environmental impact is the essence. Cost savings is a strong, immediate motivator for the community and business owners to take action. Via the AKG metrics platform the water, grease and toxic-cleaning-agent savings are available to quantify the long-term environmental impact.

After the second city pilot launch, the AKG Water | Soil Impact Research Report begins to identify the toxic cleaning agents used in typical KES cleaning along with their impact on waterways and soils. The report serves as the foundation to securing funding for an in-depth AKG Water | Soil Impact Research Study, including impact on community health.

According to the Safety Data Sheet for a common KES-cleaning product used, it is dangerous, corrosive, and very toxic to aquatic organisms, causes burns, and its contact with soil, waterways, drains and sewers is to be avoided. As documented on the Ei AKG Initiative page, the cleaning products used in KES cleanings flow directly into the sewer system after the cleaning is complete.

It is imperative to document the extensive AKG environmental impact with scientific research and educate communities, businesses, and citizens on the far-reaching ramifications of current AKG reactive practices. A simple proactive approach is available that makes good business sense for the entire value chain, including the water and soil microbial communities.

For additional details on the AKG, visit the following ZWA Blog articles:

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