Green is as prominent a component of Christeyns’ company logo as is clean blue, representing purity. A permanent reminder that the com pany takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously, all the way from new product development to the packed end product, and not in the least at its customer’s premises
Let us start with the CHEMICALS. Christeyns purchases its raw materials from carefully selected suppliers. For new products, its R&D team considers sustainability a key requirement in the selection of the ingredients, but the scientists also regularly evaluate the existing formulations and where possible, replace harmful raw materials by greener alternatives.
By formulating more concentrated products, substantial savings can be made
on packaging waste and transport.
In 2002, on average, industrial laundries used 16 g of a product for 1 kg of linen while in 2018 the number dropped by 50 % to just 8 g of a product used to wash 1 kg of linen.
Christeyns also has an extensive range of ecological products. In just two years, its Ecolabel and Nordic Swan range has doubled in volume. This increase will certainly continue in the future. The company’s aim is also to minimize emissions, effluents and waste through safe and responsible methods.
Already in 2012 Christeyns created its own Equipment Manufacturing company: Christeyns Engineering. This subsidiary has developed a full portfolio of high-quality DOSING systems for washer extractors, tunnel washers or a combination of both. Whether for OPL or for bigger laundries, all systems focus on maximum reliability, safety and – above all – accuracy, as to avoid overdosing of the chemicals.
The most recent innovations, launched at EXPOdetergo International in Milan, are the Flux-Box Plus and Flux-Compact 2.0, respectively a decentral and a central dosing system for washer extractors. Both systems have highly reliable membrane pumps, top quality seals and dosing adaptable to real weight.
In recent years, industrial laundries have made enormous progress in reducing WATER AND ENERGY consumption thanks to the introduction of sophistica ted wash processes and water-and energy saving equipment.
Christeyns has introduced a whole range of heat exchangers in the laundry world. This allows the heat from the wash process (with Heat-X Rotor or Heat-XEnergo), from the ironers or the finishing equipment (Heat-X Air range) to be recovered and reused. The energy consumption in the wash process has dropped from an average of 0.6 kWh/kg in 2002 to 0.18 kWh/kg in 2018, a total saving of approximately 2 Terawatt hours per year during that 16-year period. With such energy savings, 83,000 households can heat for free for a whole year!
Over the past 15 years, Christeyns has also succeeded in reducing WATER consumption in tunnel washers from 10 litres to less than 3 litres of fresh water per kg of linen (obviously depending on the type of linen and the pollution). This could be achieved by collecting, filtering and re-using part of the process water with its Lint-X filter systems, through innovations in the field of chemistry, by smartly dosing that chemistry, in short, by applying intelligent wash processes.
What is more, Chrysteyns offers a wide range of products, detergents and wash processes compliant with the guidelines published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 31 March 2020 in reference to COVID- 19 outbreak.
As far as the treatment of potentially contaminated textiles, linen and clothes is concerned, WHO recommends placing them in special, marked laundry bags and washing them in hot cycles at 70° or more, while the Italian Ministry of Health and the Istituto Superiore di Sanità indicate that the potentially contaminated garments should be washed at 90°.
Also, when it comes to WASTE, Christeyns does not stand on the side-line and takes up its responsibility. According to an EU directive, it is the consumer who is responsible for empty packaging. Nevertheless, Christeyns organizes for its customers an extensive collection and cleaning service of the empty drums and IBCs, in more than 10 European countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, UK and Ireland.
Every year 20,000 IBCs and 30,000 drums are reconditioned. For collection and reconditioning Christeyns works together with a specialized partner. UN certified packaging material is normally valid for 5 years, but the company applies stricter standards and takes drums out of circulation after 4 years, IBCs are inspected after 2 years and recertifie for a maximum of 2 more years.
Building further on its green ambitions, Christeyns has recently developed an app for the logistical organization of this waste collection. Launched in spring 2019, it allows laundries to request the collection of the drums via their smartphone.•
CHRISTEYNS ITALIA S.r.l.
Via Aldo Moro 30 – I – 20060 Pessano con Bornago MI – Italy
Tel./Ph. + 39 02 99765200 Fax +39 0299765249
edited by Marzio Nava
Detergo Magazine April 2020