The sustainability movement is maturing and companies, including medical device manufacturers and their suppliers, are making it a fundamental part of their business process. According to the US EPA, “Sustainability meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Companies are actively searching for ways to make their devices more environmentally friendly. Part of that effort focuses on packaging.
Sustainable packaging is cost effective, safe, and healthy for individuals and communities. According to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, sustainable packaging is defined as follows:
- meets market criteria for performance and cost
- is manufactured and recycled using renewable energy
- optimizes the use of renewable and recycled raw materials
- is manufactured using clean production technologies and best practices
- is made from materials healthy in all probable end-of-life scenarios
- is physically designed to optimize materials and energy.
Case Medical has developed sustainable products for sterilization, storage, and transportation manufactured from renewable resources and treated for corrosion resistance and durability. The company’s SteriTite reusable, sealed container system is truly universal, compatible with all current sterilization modalities. In addition, the containers as well as the MediTray insertsand accessories are anodized and passivated to prevent corrosion and provide a long useful life.
To further ensure that surgical devices can be properly cleaned and decontaminated, Case Medical has validated and manufactured pH neutral instrument chemistries recognized by the EPA under the Design for the Environment program. The company’s CaseSolutions and super concentrated SuperNova cleaners are manufactured from water soluble, non hazardous chemicals in a solution of high purity RO water.
Case Medical is constantly innovating its line of sustainable packaging for hospitals and leading major medical companies as well as its safe and effective instrument cleaning products. We hope that you will begin to think about how you and your facility can take steps toward becoming more sustainable in your daily life.