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Making sustainability cool again


In this feature, Christeyns discusses how they have been simplifying sustainability with innovative new chemistry.


The impact the laundry industry has on the environment is significant, in terms of the resources it uses and the environmental effects of waste water and chemicals being discharged throughout the laundry processes.


Cotton represents nearly half the fibre used to make clothes and other textiles worldwide, about 20m tonnes are produced globally each year. According to the WWF, 20,000 litres of freshwater are used to produce just 1KG of cotton in water-irrigated plantations, and 53% of the worlds cotton production is produced this way.


Not only is water and energy used to wash our linens and clothing, it is also used to manufacture them in the first place, something we don’t always realise.


The laundry industry faces challenges in many ways, not least because of the competitive nature of the business and the constant battle to provide more for less. Getting to grips with water and energy consumption not only makes financial sense by reducing the cost of essential resources so as to increase profit margins, but it also makes ethical sense, enabling laundries to play their part in the wellbeing of our planet.


There is increasing pressure from regulatory bodies for commercial outlets to consider the sustainability of their business and the implications their choice of systems and the effects chemicals have on the environment. But also, customers are more aware of the industry’s impact on the environment which adds additional pressure for change.


Acting in a sustainable manner makes complete sense, on many fronts. It is a challenge but not one that is insurmountable; however, it does require a change of mind set to seek out more sustainable options that also provide excellent wash results whilst remaining cost-effective.


The key is to think carefully about chemical usage and how washing equipment and chemicals can best work together to reduce both energy and water consumption.


Christeyns help provide all their customers with optimum conditions in the wash process by using less water and less energy, leading to a lowering of the environmental burden, and at the same time improving the laundry’s efficiency by saving time and money. As a company, they recognise that this approach needs to be an inherent way of thinking and working, and not just a one-problem solution.


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