Dina Pierce, Ohio EPA, (614) 644-2160
Ben Fisher, Washing Systems, (513) 870-4857
Heather Lauer, Ohio EPA, (614) 644-2160
Washing Systems Earns Ohio EPA’s Top Environmental Stewardship Award
Loveland Company One of First Two Recipients of Agency’s Top-Level Award
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler is recognizing Washing Systems LLC today with Ohio EPA’s highest environmental stewardship honor in a flag-raising event highlighting the company’s focus on making its products more efficient and environmentally sustainable for its laundry processing industry customers in North America and Europe.
The company is one of the first two organizations in Ohio to achieve platinum-level recognition in Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program.
“Washing Systems has made a commitment to be environmentally sustainable and, through their research and development efforts, deliver innovative products that clean better, more efficiently and without chemicals that have harmful effects on human health and the environment,” Director Butler said. “The company’s environmental leadership and its success are measurable and important. I am proud to recognize this outstanding Ohio business as one of the first to achieve the Platinum Level E3 award.”
Ohio EPA’s E3 program recognizes businesses and other organizations for completing environmentally beneficial activities and serves as an incentive for companies to commit to ongoing environmental stewardship. Platinum level honors organizations that expand their environmental program beyond their facilities and demonstrate how their environmental stewardship efforts benefit the local community, region or larger geographic area.
“We are very honored and humbled to receive the Platinum Level award from Ohio EPA. We think of our products as a key success driver for our customers, the critical piece that allows laundry operators to deliver quality textiles to their customers,” Terry Shoreman, Washing Systems CEO, said. “All of our associates at WSI take their responsibility to the environment and community very seriously. This dedication and commitment shows both in the quality of our innovations and the collective impact we have on our community.”
Washing Systems focuses on formulating products that reduce or eliminate chemicals of concern, reduce water and energy use and provide better process control systems to monitor and regulate laundry chemistry, energy and water use.
For example, in 2015, Washing Systems launched an innovative technology process called Clear Path that produces accelerated cleaning results with less energy and water. Clear Path is nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) and phosphate free. The company estimates the product reduces customers’ water use by 19 percent and gas use by 17 percent.
The NPE-free detergents have prevented more than 21.6 million pounds of NPE from being discharged into the environment where it is toxic to fish and aquatic organisms. Removing phosphorus has prevented about 1.5 million pounds per year in discharges to water where they contribute to harmful algal blooms. The company also has removed butyl cellosolve from its new detergents, reducing the release of this chemical of concern by about 1.3 million pounds per year.
Washing Systems also carries U.S. EPA’s “Safer Choice” label on five of its products and the company participates in several industry organizations focused in environmental stewardship and protecting water quality.
To obtain recognition for stewardship, an organization can work through four levels of recognition. In addition to Platinum level, these include Achievement at the base level; Silver Level recognizing outstanding accomplishments in environmental stewardship; and Gold Level recognizing comprehensive environmental stewardship programs. All levels require a commitment to meet or exceed environmental regulatory requirements.
Through the E3 program, Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance helps businesses receive recognition for environmental stewardship efforts. To learn more about the E3 program and the nomination process, please visit www.epa.ohio.gov/ohioe3.aspx or call 1-800-329-7518.
About Ohio EPA
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.
About Washing Systems
WSI is the leading provider of products and services to the specialty cleaning and commercial laundry markets. With an outstanding track record of delivering comprehensive technological innovations and best-in-class service protocols, WSI holds over thirty patents and has been previously recognized by OSHA and The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable for its innovations and commitment to increasing safety and sustainability in the workplace. To learn more about Washing Systems, please visit www.washingsystems.com.