There’s no question that today’s consumers consider sustainability and social consequences when shopping, and many are putting their money where their values are. In fact, according to Nielsen’s recently released 2014 Global Survey on Corporate Social Responsibility, a majority of consumers are even “willing to pay more for products and services from companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact.” But can the same be said of hospitals?
According to a Harris Poll commissioned by Johnson & Johnson, the answer is yes, with 54% of global health care professionals indicating that their hospitals currently incorporate sustainability into purchasing decisions, and 80% expecting that to be the case in two years. Additionally, the results of this poll showed that one of the most important considerations for hospitals is recyclable packaging.
The good news is, that unlike in the retail market, hospitals may not always have to pay more to incorporate easily recycled sterile barrier systems.
Take for example TEQethylene™, our recyclable medical packaging solution that uses a proprietary blend of HDPE in combination with adhesive-coated Tyvek®, a breathable HDPE thermoplastic lidding developed by DuPont™.
In addition to being easily recycled, this monopolymer sterile barrier solution has less environmental impact than other materials, is backed by stability data and has also proven to be a cost effective option for medical packaging—with resin cost significantly below that for PETG, part cost well below that for PETG and HIPS and a yield far greater than PETG or HIPS. In fact, customers that move from using a material like PETG or HIPS to TEQethylene can save up to 40% on production costs.
What about you? How do your products and services meet your customers’ sustainability needs?