ISTOBAL reduces plastic use by over 90% in chemical product packaging


 ISTOBAL confirms its commitment to the environment by leading the development of sustainable solutions that minimize the environmental impact of its activity.

ISTOBAL has reduced plastic by over 90% in chemical product packaging thanks to its Xtract line of super concentrates by ISTOBAL esens®.

This year, the World Environment Day underlines the need to beat plastic pollution. ISTOBAL confirms its commitment to the environment by leading the development of sustainable solutions that minimize the environmental impact of its activity.

Its pioneering line of Xtract super concentrates by ISTOBAL esens® - in Doy Pack format - reduces waste, as the concentrated chemical is packed in small packages instead of standard bottles. For each car wash service, a standard 25 litre container generates almost 1 gram of plastic waste, whereas the one litre Doy Pack only generates 0.07 grams of plastic.

Additionally, these formats take 90% less room for transport and storage: a 1 litre Doy Pack is equivalent to 10 litres of prepared chemical product, which reduces transport costs and C02 emissions.

The Doy Pack of ISTOBAL esens® chemical super concentrates is used with the innovative Xtract Mixing System, which is highly convenient, faster and safer. The system automatically dilutes and mixes the chemical products and supplies them to the wash equipment available, avoiding manual replenishment in each individual unit.

At present, the ISTOBAL esens® range of chemical super concentrates includes 10 products that cover all wash phases: pre-wash, shampoo, foam, polishing waxes and drying agents. ISTOBAL’s R&D department seek to continue expanding this product range in the coming years in order to boost changes in the use of chemical products that are more environmentally friendly and contribute to sustainable consumption.

As part of their environmental focus, all ISTOBAL esens® chemical products are biodegradable. The company also develops advanced solutions for water treatment and recycling as well as technologies that reduce water and energy use. Likewise, the company implements a solid environmental policy in the development of their activities and has the ISO 14001 certificate.

ISTOBAL esens® products awarded international sustainability certifications

The ISTOBAL esens® range of chemical products has been awarded a new Nordic Swan Ecolabel: on this occasion, the certification has been given to Glossy Tears rainwater repellent wax for its sustainability and quality. The Spanish company has earned this distinguished certification for ISTOBAL esens® products that cover all wash phases.

The international certification of the Nordic countries is one of the most important and demanding worldwide and the only ecolabel in Europe for car wash chemicals. It certifies that ISTOBAL esens® chemical products comply with the most demanding environmental criteria throughout their life cycle and confirms their effectiveness in car wash processes.

ISTOBAL was the first Spanish company in its sector to earn this certification and will continue to expand the range in the future in close collaboration with Lavantia, the ISTOBAL esens® product manufacturer, owned by ISTOBAL.

Many of the products in the ISTOBAL esens® range have additional international certifications such as VDA, awarded by the German Association of the Automotive Industry, and the Austrian environmental quality certificate ÖNORM.