NORTHFIELD, Ill., Dec. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ —MedlineToday, it was announced that it is the winner of today’s 2021 Sustainability, Leadership Business Sustainability Award and Environmental AchievementIn the category of environmental initiatives Sustainable Packaging LabMedline employees work together to reduce material waste by creating the Sustainable Packaging Lab (SPL). The SEAL Awards are an annual recognition of the 50 most sustainable companies around the world, as well as the most innovative and impactful environmental initiatives.
“Winning a SEAL Business Sustainability award for environmental initiatives is an exciting acknowledgement of Medline’s commitment to transparency and leadership in the development and delivery of our products, which are vital to supporting a healthy and vibrant healthcare system across the continuum. Francesca OlivierMedline’s senior director for social responsibility. “Our Sustainable Packaging Lab is making an impact as our company expands its focus to environmental, social and governance issues that drive change within our industry and business in general.”
SEAL Awards, an environmental advocacy organization, honors the most sustainable companies and top journalism organizations around the world. The organization also supports environmental research and carries out environmental impact campaigns.
Medline’s goal is to make healthcare more sustainable. A study entitled “The future of healthcare” has just been published.Recycling medical plasticsDue to the pandemic, close to 200,000,000 personal protective products, such as masks and goggles, are being used each month. This adds to the existing 16.6 tons per hour of medical waste. AsiaThere are 5.9 million tonnes of waste produced in the U.S. each year. Many of the packaging that is currently in use is not recyclable. Only 16% are recycled into new plastics while nearly half go to landfills.
Medline’s SPL is working to find new packaging methods to reduce healthcare waste. The SPL was established in fall 2020 by Medline’s R&D, sustainability design experts, engineers, and other leaders to reimagine how products should be packaged. They come up with solutions to improve packaging materials, promote minimalism, increase productivity, and facilitate new product innovation through the systematic incorporation of recycled or renewable material in the company’s packaging materials.
“Our collection is full of sustainable packaging solutions that minimize our impact on the environment, while innovating the storage of product in our facilities, how much product can be stored per branch and our ability to deliver product promptly,” said the spokesperson. Trenton BortzMedline sustainability specialist. “In just one year, we have saved more than 850,000 pounds of packaging waste and also cut costs. This shows that sustainability is not only good for the environment but also for our business.
The SPL began by overhauling the cold chain packaging of Medline. This resulted in the creation of a fully recyclable cold-chain shipper that saved 315,000 lbs annually. The SPL then innovated how Medline’s distribution centres stored product. They converted to chipboard pallet sheets, which reduced the need for 46,000 lbs of raw materials and optimized warehouse square footage. Medline’s SPL has been able to continue to find innovative solutions for the company’s needs since these initial successes.
- Redesigning products to fit a greater number of product and packaging in a small space. This reduces the shipping and packaging required.
- SKU consolidation services are offered to customers to make it easier to store SKUs on shelves and in the warehouse.
- We have eliminated polystyrene from our facilities
- Dissolvable materials can be used to replace plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of waste generated
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Medline is a healthcare company. It is a distributor, manufacturer, and solutions provider that focuses on improving healthcare’s overall operating performance. Medline works with both large healthcare systems in the country and smaller facilities throughout the continuum to provide the clinical resources and supply chain resources necessary for long-term financial viability and high quality care. Medline can invest in its customers long-term, and respond quickly with customized solutions. It has the size of a large company and the agility and flexibility of a family business. Headquartered here Northfield, Ill.Medline has more than 27,000 employees around the world, a fleet that includes nearly 1,200 trucks, as well as doing business in over 125 countries. Medline is available at www.medline.com.
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