Interview with Magnus Söderberg: Increased service life of textiles is part of sustainability


As much as 25 percent lower energy consumption and 20 percent less wear on the fabrics. It provides both economic savings and environmental benefits.

The results see Ecolab when testing washing processes. It usually takes five years or more to see if one towel is more worn than another, but in a forced and controlled test the results are much faster.

Trend with degrees

In professional laundries, high temperatures are normally used during the wash cycle, which is a guarantee for killing of infectious substances. An international trend Ecolab has seen is that customers in textile laundry for health care are declining in temperature. It saves energy, but requires equipment, expertise and control to guarantee a high standard of hygiene.

- It is possible to achieve the same hygiene requirements at lower temperatures and also that whiteness and wash quality are top even at 40 degrees wash. To solve the equation you need to use other chemicals, says Magnus Söderberg, regional division manager at Ecolab.

- An important added value is that you can also extend the life of the textiles by changing the process. High temperatures wear on the fibers. In our tests, we see an increased service life of at least 20 percent with lower temperatures.

Invest in sustainability

Ecolab is an American company that sells optimized washing processes, complete with follow-up tools that allow remote monitoring and control to reduce the use of energy and chemicals. Water consumption is also much lower when rinsing Ecolab chemistry, which is in line with the company's sustainability focus.

- Our sustainability focus is found both in our own processes and by helping our customers become more sustainable. And for the environmental performance, the lifespan of the textiles is crucial. We are trying to highlight this more and more, says Magnus Söderberg.

Told for Ulf Silfverström

25% RUT deduction on laundry