LONG BEACH, Calif. — According to its 2013-2014 Wastewater Statement preview from Los Angeles County, BI has significantly reduced its annual water consumption and the company is on track to save nearly 2.5 million gallons of water year-over-year. This significant reduction in water usage was attributed to several factors both big and small including the addition of a more efficient steam sterilization unit, retrofitting existing steam units to make them greener and adjustments to BI’s irrigation schedule.
“Availability of water is always a concern and this year’s drought in Southern California only further motivated us to evaluate our water usage and look for ways to reduce our consumption,” noted George Pontiakos, president and CEO, BI Nutraceuticals. “We are proud to have taken this important step and are evaluating other ways we can improve our processes to make them more green.”
In 1972, Los Angeles County’s Sanitation District Boards of Directors first adopted the Wastewater Ordinance. The Wastewater Ordinance helped to establish controls on users of the Sanitation Districts’ sewerage system to protect the environment and public health, and to provide for the maximum beneficial use of the Sanitation Districts’ facilities.
BI is a global full-service supplier of dietary supplement and functional food ingredients including whole herb powders and teas, standardized and ratio extracts, custom blends, vitamins, minerals, drum to hopper custom blends, granular ingredients and other specialty processes including time released and encapsulated ingredients. The company currently offers more than 200 ingredients that have been determined as safe for use in foods and beverages by the FDA or FEMA, the Flavors and Extracts Manufacturers Association. Since 2002, BI has been an innovator in steam sterilization and the company’s Protexx HP® Green Steam™ process is currently the industry’s only species-specific, organic sterilization method. All BI ingredients undergo stringent quality analysis that includes heavy metal, pesticide and irradiation testing. All herbal powder ingredients are also tested under the company’s Identilok® species identification process. The company has also developed a proprietary process, UltraHD®, which creates high-density herbal powders allowing for superior flow and less dusting during the manufacturing process. For more information, visit www.binutraceuticals.com.
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