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An investigation into green laundry products : triple bottom line assessment of the feasibility of selling environmentally friendly laundry detergent at UBC residences Ma, Grace; Sundberg, Maggie; Chu, Rosemarie; Liu, Xiaohung


The University of British Columbia’s Student Housing and Hospitality services is looking for a green laundry detergent to introduce for sale at residence laundry facilities and mini-marts. This project aims to find a brand of laundry detergent that meets sustainability, environmental impact and economic criteria. UBC has committed to the Water Action Plan and the Sustainability Plan, therefore, recommendations were aligned with these policies. Triple bottom line assessment is used to analyze multiple “green” laundry detergents. Research methods include a survey among UBC students and a performance test on five brands of laundry detergents from results of the polling, Tide was set as a benchmark. Based on the criteria and the testing, two brands were recommended for resale at UBC residences: Vancouver Only and Nellie’s. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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