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Article | February 22, 2012
Cardinal Health introduces surgical glove half-fold packages
Modified packaging reduces waste, maximizes storage space, and demonstrates the company’s commitment to sustainability.
Dublin, OH-based Cardinal Health’s complete portfolio of surgical gloves, including Protexis™ powder-free surgical gloves and Triflex® powdered surgical gloves, are now available in sustainable, half-fold packaging. The healthcare services company says that its standardized surgical glove packaging, “is the industry's only half-folded format,” reducing material consumption and helping consumers reduce their environmental footprint and minimize waste while maximizing storage space. "By standardizing our glove packaging to the industry's only half-folded gloves packaging, we're helping customers meet sustainability goals and make the most of their storage space," says Lisa Ashby, president of Category Management at Cardinal Health. "These changes reflect great strides in our efforts to be a leader in environmental sustainability." The packaging has received a green leaf icon designation from the Premier healthcare alliance, which identifies "environmentally preferred purchasing products" for its members. Products and services with the green leaf tag have environmentally preferable attributes that reduce the negative impact on the quality and health of the environment. They consider product materials, production, packaging, reusability, energy efficiency, disposal, nationally recognized certification, or its impact on the environment.Cardinal Health reports the half-fold glove dispenser boxes are “at least 30 percent smaller and use at least 15 percent less [paper] board than competitive products sold in tall packaging configurations. Individual pouches within the half-fold dispenser boxes are at least 48 percent smaller than competitive products. And, over 95 percent of the company's surgical gloves feature paper-based wrap material, or inner wallets, which are made from renewable resources and are recyclable.” The company’s sustainability initiatives also include improvements in its surgical glove manufacturing operations in Thailand, including non-hazardous waste recycling, heat recovery, and water recycling.
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