Sustainability

Finding the Right Recipe for Sustainability

Packaging plays a huge role product protection, especially when it comes to pharmaceuticals and sterile medical devices, points out Jason Crosby, medical business manager for Plastic Ingenuity Inc. (PI: Cross Plains, WI). At the same time, “there is a huge buzz in the industry: everyone is looking for the right recipe for packaging sustainability,” he notes. For one PI customer, Help Remedies, a molded fiber clamshell provided that recipe, resulting in a 2010 AmeriStar Packaging award in the Pharmaceutical/Drug Category.

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Carbon Reduction Certification for Baxter International's FLEXBUMIN

Baxter International received Carbon Reduction certification from the UK-based Carbon Trust for FLEXBUMIN [Albumin (Human)], which is the first and only albumin therapy in a flexible, plastic container, and the first and only medical product to receive this certification. Baxter has published a case study on the unique packaging detailing the change and its benefits.

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Sustainability: Packaging Suppliers Step Up

"Sustainability has become an important issue for many pharmaceutical companies," says Gene Dul, President Schreiner MediPharm L.P. "Sustainable product design considers all the lifecycles of a product, from production to the use of the product and all the way to disposal or recycling. In general, it is crucial that all stakeholders are committed to sustainability, i.e. customers, employees, shareholders, business partners and suppliers as well as the social environment.

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What Do Hospital Buyers Think about Packaging Waste?

PMP News asked Gina Pugliese, RN, MS, vice president of Premier’s Safety Institute, a few questions pertaining to packaging sustainability.

Is reducing the amount of packaging waste when it comes to pharmaceutical and medical packaging important to hospitals? Why or why not?

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Packaging Sustainability for the Life Sciences Industry

Sustainability has become mainstream, and European standards may influence the development of global standards. But there could be some unintended consequences to sustainability that medical device manufacturers should be wary of when redesigning packaging.

By Patrick Nolan, President, DDL Inc.

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Whole Foods Market Institutes New Sustainable Packaging Guidelines for All Body Care and Supplement Suppliers

Whole Foods Market reports that it has implemented new responsible packaging guidelines for all body care and supplement suppliers. As part of the change, the company has switched to post-consumer recycled (PCR) content bottles for several of its store-brand supplements and body care products.

Call to Arms: Packaging Vaccines Implores Forethought

In the area of vaccines, packaging is critical to securing the safety and stability of the product. High-maintenance facets of infectious diseases and the vaccines that prevent them demand forethought and fastidious effort from pharmaceutical companies, healthcare ad agencies, and physicians alike.

 

Eastman Outlines Sustainability Strategy

Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, TN) has released a new review outlining its strategy to leverage the company’s expanding portfolio of sustainable practices and products as a primary driver of growth and innovation.
 
The comprehensive review, “Our Sustainability Journey,” highlights recent accomplishments and establishes clear short- and mid-term goals to help the company evaluate its success across all dimensions of its sustainability program &ndash

Tubes Diverted from Trash

Consumer collection efforts drive recycling along with product efficacy.

Neosporin brand has partnered with waste converter TerraCycle to recycle expired antibiotic tubes. On Earth Day, the two companies encouraged consumers to begin collecting these tubes and recycle them by joining one of TerraCycle’s 1000 Neosporin Tube Brigades. These groups collect used packages and send them to TerraCycle for converting into innovative products.

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Hexacomb Receives Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody Certification

Hexacomb from Pregis Corp. has received the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification for those products produced at Pregis's Ermelo, Netherlands, production facility. The company is one of the first honeycomb producers to receive FSC certification (No. SCS-COC-003200), it reported in a press release.

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