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Ohio EPA Director Visits Washing Systems to Recognize Company for Environmental Excellence, Leadership

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler visited Washing Systems, LLC, in Loveland today to recognize the company for its ongoing efforts in environmental stewardship. He toured the facility and learned how the company made a commitment to research and develop products that clean better, more efficiently and without chemicals that have harmful effects on human health and the environment.

Ohio EPA recognized the company’s environmental stewardship efforts in 2014 by presenting it a silver-level award under the Agency’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (Ɛ3) program.

“Washing Systems has made a commitment to be environmentally sustainable and encourage other industries to adopt more sustainable practices. Their leadership and success are measurable and important. We are proud to recognize this outstanding Ohio business,” Director Butler said.

“We are very honored and humbled to receive the silver-level award for Encouraging Environmental Excellence from the Ohio EPA. We think of our chemistry as a key success driver for our customers, the critical piece that allows laundry operators to deliver quality textiles to their customers. By delivering completely NPE-free and Phosphate-free products, we are further adding to the overall quality of the textiles they produce,” said Robert Fisher, CEO Washing Systems.

Washing Systems was started in 1989 to serve the North American commercial laundry processing industry. Today, it is an international leader in producing environmentally friendly, sustainable chemical products.

Washing Systems is one of the largest chemical suppliers to the commercial laundry industries in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. The company’s research has led to the production of nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) free detergents. It created a detergent builder that is based on a natural, sustainable and biodegradable agent to soften water in the washing machine. The company also removed phosphates, petroleum-based solvents and a chemical known as EDTA from its products.

This work has helped its customers in the commercial laundry processing industry produce cleaner textiles with significantly less environmental impact.

Washing Systems works with U.S. EPA’s Design for Environment (DfE) program. It has five DfE-approved products. The chemistry of its Pure Solutions Line™ is recognized as environmentally preferable. Through the DfE partnership, Washing Systems constantly evaluates new materials and application processes in an effort to improve the environmental profile and sustainability of its products.

The company also is a member of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) and was the charter member of NPPR’s Safer Chemical Challenge Program to further pledge to reduce hazardous chemicals 25 percent by 2025. The company’s reduction goals go well above 25 percent.

The Ɛ3 program acknowledges Ohio businesses and other organizations for completing environmentally beneficial activities and serves as an incentive to commit to ongoing environmental stewardship. To earn a silver-level award, a business or organization must have a good environmental compliance record and complete environmental stewardship activities that show a strong corporate environmental ethic.

To learn more about the Ɛ3 program, go to or contact the Ohio EPA Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention at 1-800-329-7518.


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.

Washing Systems is the leading provider of innovative products and services to the commercial laundry processing industry. With a particular focus on producing environmentally sustainable products and verification of hygienic cleanliness, the Company serves all of North America and the United Kingdom.