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WSI Receives 2019 Green Chemistry Challenge Award

Recognized by EPA, American Chemical Society for TRUpath™ technology

LOVELAND, Ohio — Washing Systems (WSI), a provider of products and services to the commercial laundry processing industry, reports it has been recognized again for its TRUpath™ technology. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the American Chemical Society (ACS), selected Washing Systems to receive the 2019 Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

“As a recipient of this prestigious award, Washing Systems is distinguished at the national level as an innovator in green chemistry,” says Tracy C. Williamson, Ph.D., chief, industrial chemistry branch of the EPA.

In the 22-year history of the Green Chemistry Challenge, the EPA has presented only five awards per year out of more than 1,600 nominations. Previous winners include Dow Chemical, BASF, Sherwin-Williams, Dupont and Cargill. 

WSI says it is the first winner of this award from the commercial laundry industry and was recognized, along with three other winners (Merck & Co., Kalion Inc. and Professor Sanjoy Banerjee), at an event on June 10 in Washington, D.C. 

“We are both humbled and extremely proud to be selected as a recipient of this award,” says John Walroth, CEO of WSI. “The selection criteria is exhaustive and sets a very high standard. I believe this elevates our entire laundry industry.”

WSI says it has spearheaded the initiative to remove NPEs, phosphates, EDTA and now alkali (sodium hydroxide). WSI has been awarded for TRUpath™ by the Ohio EPA (Platinum Level), National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, and TRSA’s Clean Green Innovation award. 

“On behalf of my whole team, I feel extremely privileged to receive this high honor,” says Roy Praechter, vice president of research and development. “As a career development chemist, this is the pinnacle of our field. I have been with WSI almost since the beginning, and it is with great pride I accept this award on behalf of our research and development department and our entire organization.”

Key criteria for this EPA award include being an original technology never used before and that it must be scientifically valid, withstanding the scrutiny of peer review, have proof of validity, and have a mechanism of action clarified by detailed research. 

The technology must also offer these three distinct advantages: a practical and cost-effective approach to green chemistry, a remedy to a real environmental or human health problem, and the innovation must be readily transferrable to other processes, facilities, or industry sectors. 

“The exciting thing for us is the huge operational and merchandise savings that our customers experience, while at the same time being able to process in a much safer and sustainable environment,” adds Walroth. “Improved cleaning, shorter wash times, less water and energy, longer lasting textiles and Hi-Vis tapes, elimination of acid treatment, and it goes on and on. It is rewarding for our team to have the EPA distinguishing TRUpath™ in this way. The scale of benefits for our customers has exceeded our own expectations.”