Interview with Carl-Johan Björkman: Successful entrance for biological detergent


With biological detergent, Mr Björkmans Entrance mats have taken yet another step to environmentally safeguard the laundry of carpets.

- What I know is that we are the first in the world with this among commercial laundries, says CEO Carl-Johan Björkman, who with a few years of experience in the luggage sees only benefits from the biological detergent. Besides being better for the environment, it gives lower costs and better results in the washing machines.

The biological detergent that benefits from bacteria for cleaning is used to 90 percent in the washing processes. Still, ordinary detergent may be pulled in to solve, for example, more difficult stains of oil. One reason why Mr Björkman achieves good results may be that the company's water recycling plant also uses bacteria in a biological purification process. - One can strengthen the other, thinks Carl-Johan Björkman, who for the past 15 years has worked purposefully to minimize the company's environmental and climate impact. This has succeeded well.

Environment all the way

The greatest environmental impact comes from transport. The entrance mats must be picked up and left to many customers. The company has more than 3 customers in Sweden's southernmost landscape, Gothenburg, Stockholm and a year ago in Kalix. Customers rent their entrance mats and have them continuously replaced from dirty to clean. It generates a lot of miles for the distribution cars.

Today, almost all cars are powered by biogas. The only exception is Kalix where the opportunity is not available. On the other hand, the company has its own gas station for biogas at its plant in Malmö. Biogas is also what applies to heating of premises and wash water.

The roof provides water and electricity

By purifying and reusing water, the energy requirement is reduced, since the recycled water already holds 35 ° C. The water consumption is low. Only about 400 cubic meters per year are needed to wash 800 tonnes of carpets, ie half a liter per kg. This is due both to reuse and to the fact that Mr Björkman replenishes water supplies with rainwater collected from the large roof. In addition, six hundred square meters of the roof is equipped with solar cells that supply 60 per cent of the electricity consumption. Get a gram for a wash As many as 90 percent of the detergent is biological, and in addition, the company uses only one-third as much detergent as is normally needed. Again, this is about recycling. The need is as low as 2-3 g of detergent per kg of laundry. The environmental impact of the chemicals is thus negligible.

- Environmental trends are becoming more and more important. We see in our customer surveys that one in five customers choose us for our environmental profile.

Reusing is the whole idea

Carl-Johan Björkman emphasizes that the laundry and textile services industry works with a circular business model to perform the necessary work more efficiently and more resource-efficiently. The fabrics can be used many times through proper treatment.

- We are in an environmental industry. In our case, the business concept is about offering customers a better indoor environment by stopping the dirt in the door. That is why we are so keen on our own commitment. The customer buys a function and gets an environmentally friendly design on the purchase.

Told for Ulf Silfverström

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