Archroma, a producer of color and specialty chemicals, today announced that its ONE WAY sustainability service has been honored with the ICIS Innovation Award for Best Business Innovation. The service is being recognized for its approach to textile manufacturing based on the conviction that both ecological and economic benefits are reachable.
ONE WAY was launched in October 2012 to help customers meet their sustainability targets in a fast and reliable manner. It is a three-step systematic approach to the selection of chemicals and production processes that, once completed, gives customers calculation results that assess the cost, performance and environmental profile of the evaluated products and processes.
The first step is the selection of products based on data on over 200 ONE WAY products collected and integrated in the “ONE WAY Selector.” All dyes and chemicals included have been screened by Archroma’s product stewardship specialists against more than 15 eco-standards and critiera, which provides instant information access on how each ONE WAY product scores for its toxicological and ecological profile and standards.
In the second step, textile manufacturers can narrow down their selection of products to one of four process groups based on their environmental focus and how it affects climate, resources, waste water content and volumes.
The third step assesses the cost, performance and environmental profile of products—almost instantly—and may include the cost and performance of a given product process based on relevant parameters such as dyes and chemicals, water, energy or time, and their environmental profile based on actual measurements of chemical oxygen demand (COD), biological oxygen demand (BOD), CO2 emissions, energy consumption and water usage.
Archroma is headquartered in Reinach, Switzerland. Its three businesses are Textile Specialties, Paper Solutions and Emulsion Products.