A HYGIENE chemicals firm brushed aside the fierce competition to take home this year’s Sustainability award, sponsored by Excelledia.

Christeyns is renowned for its water and energy savings systems, installing equipment in commercial laundries that can also make use of its detergents that are designed to work at low temperatures.

The company has grown from a family-owned business to an international firm, and has a strong commitment to sustainability.

In Bradford the plant has switched to a net carbon zero energy supply, and high mileage drivers are being switched to electric or hybrid vehicle.

Christeyns ensure that the chemistry they use and supply is fit for purpose and has the lowest possible impact.

This award recognises those that have done the most to improve overall environmental performance and enhance sustainability. Sustainable businesses are so important in today’s environment and this category rewards those who are making strides to become more sustainable year on year. Entrants were asked to describe their polices around sustainability as well as demonstrate how they handle certain productions.

Christeyns' Operations Director Justin Kerslake said: “We feel very humbled to pick up this award, representing the chemical industry, which is not always seen in the best light.

"We work really hard and have done for decades to make sure our chemicals are safe to use and minimise the impact on the environment.

“There are some great competitors who we were up against, some great companies doing fantastic things in Bradford. We are immensely proud to win this award.

"We supply hospital laundries in the UK so we have been working throughout the pandemic to make sure healthcare textiles are disinfected and clean. It has been a difficult time for all of us.

"Sustainability is really important for us. We formed a specific project team to see how we can take it to the next level.

"We are learning a lot and know there is more to do. It is very inspirational to win this award and it will spur us on in the next few years."

Cardinal and beauty product supplier Tilda’s Tribe were the other finalists in this category.