Healthcare industry looks to implement sustainabilitySustainable practices are being considered more seriously in the healthcare packaging sector in order to build cost savings into the industry.

The industry is considering lowering the weight and using fewer package materials, as well as revamping facilities management and packaging processes, in order to cut costs without compromising integrity, according to Healthcare Packaging. Of course, leading healthcare companies are also interested in more eco-friendly practices that fit into their overall mission of promoting health and well-being.

"Medtronic is serious about sustainability," Chris Bagozzi, manager of sterile packaging development for Medtronic Spinal and Biologics, told Healthcare Packaging. "We recognize the critical interdependence between human health and the environment. Our well-being ultimately depends on the health and resources of the planet."

Bagozzi added that the company is continuously looking for ways to reduce its environmental impact as part of an overall risk management strategy, and to maximize customer satisfaction.

Healthcare Packaging also described efforts undertaken by Johnson & Johnson and Covidian Surgical Solutions, and pointed to some novel packaging solutions creating more sustainable products and supply chain practices. For example, Bayer eliminated cartons in favor of selling unpackaged bottles of pills, with drug information contained in an adhesive booklet.
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