Interview with Jonny Hägerström: Sustainability drives TvNo

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The textile service company TvNo in Norrköping with 135 employees produces 19 tonnes of hospital laundry per day divided into 50 articles. The company is committed to sustainability both for its own well-being and to meet customers' wishes.

- For us, it was a matter of course to start acting to save resources, says Jonny Hägerström, CEO of TvNo.

First of all, the low hanging fruits were taken, like replacing fluorescent lamps with LED lamps. The company is now working purposefully to meet high demands on social, ecological and economic sustainability.

Language training at work time

- Social sustainability is perhaps the most complex. We are a special activity with 17 nationalities working with us. Therefore, we do not have the language skills, we offer education in Swedish on paid working hours. We want everyone to be able to communicate with everyone. It is a help at work and outside, says Jonny Hägerström.

Minimizes sick leave

Many monotonous work steps in the special type of industry that a professional laundries constitute involve the risk of wear and tear. TvNo therefore has a preventive rotation system. The company's own gym offers wellness and work-out training.

- We work actively to reduce sick leave. During the 1980s, we had a sick leave of 25 percent, now we commute around our target of six percent. It is low for this type of business. We have no long-term sick leave, but we do have a program for that situation. We know from experience that it is important to keep in touch during a sick leave.

Personal well-being

Highly subsidized meals and free fruits are other efforts to increase well-being and well-being. In addition to language education, TvNo provides various courses. For example, about water, hygiene and the environment as well as in communication and job satisfaction.

- Education and development are important to us. We have clear directives from the Board of Directors to set aside money for staff promotion efforts.

Wide efforts

In order to achieve balance, the gender distribution has special focus. Today, 65 per cent of the employees in TvNo are women and the distribution is constantly a little more even. The work environment issues are self-evident. Ongoing improvements are to lower the noise level in the laundry room and after last summer it became relevant to put cooling in the common areas.

Completely fossil-free

- Already eleven years ago, we drove the heavy transport on fossil-free fuels. Nowadays, TvNo is completely fossil-free in both operations and transport. For the production we use pellets and so-called green electricity. A little grand gas is also needed to supplement the pellets and last year we brought in green gas. Then we reached our fossil-free target, Jonny Hägerström emphasizes.

Next year, TvNo hopes to be able to install solar cells to produce its own renewable electricity. Of course, the company has daily monitoring of energy, water and chemical consumption.

Tough with the recycling

An important area is to review chemicals and textiles. TvNo is trying to move away from cotton to use cellulose-based textiles instead.

- We would also like to recycle the textiles that we do not use. This is problematic because it is difficult to separate mixed fibers. Instead, we donate the textiles to countries where they can make further use. We have been doing this for several years.

Minimizes plastic

The next step is to further reduce waste from operations. An ongoing project is reviewing and introducing new routines.

- Not least the plastic, where I have a bad conscience. There is much more to do here, says Jonny Hägerström.

The laundry and textile service industry has generally embraced sustainability and delivers according to a circular business model. TvNo shows that sustainability requires continuous commitment.

- Through large-scale and optimization of our processes, we are today one of the country's most efficient laundries when it comes to the use of energy, water and chemicals. When compared to washing in conventional conventional machines for home use, the consumption of both chemicals and water and energy is about one third, says Jonny Hägerström.

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