Preserving Health, Protecting the Planet: the Path Toward Sustainable Blister Packs
As the demand for sustainability grows, pharmacy chains are increasingly holding packaging suppliers accountable for their environmental efforts. Single-use packaging across all industries is a significant environmental issue, with the majority of waste in landfills and oceans coming from the packaging industry.
Currently, 50% of all plastic produced is for single-use purposes and is thrown away immediately, with at least 14 million tons of plastic ending up in our oceans each year1,2.
With statistics like these, it’s no surprise our largest pharmacy customer in Canada has implemented deadlines for packaging suppliers to align with packaging and material guidelines – specifically, the Golden Design Rules developed by the Consumer Goods Forum Plastic Waste Coalition of Action.
At Jones Healthcare, we have set a goal to have a fully recyclable medication adherence portfolio by 2025. We have established sustainability as a design pillar and implement circular design principles within our product development process – all with an aim to develop fully circular products that help circular economies become more efficient.
We have taken meaningful steps toward these goals:
- We have licensed a product lifecycle analysis tool that allows us to measure the environmental footprint and impact of our packaging throughout its useful life. This tool enables us to understand our packaging at the material level and prioritize areas of concern.
- We have achieved zero production waste going to landfill across our manufacturing facilities. All production waste for blister packs is recycled.
- We use 100% renewable electricity at our manufacturing facility in the UK, ensuring our operations are powered by sustainable energy.
- We have aligned our packaging with the Golden Design Rules specifically focused on rigid plastics packaging, to increase the recycling value of plastics and eliminate problematic elements.
- We have made product design enhancements including reducing raw material components and weight. We have also transitioned to Bio-PET, a recyclable plastic made from renewable resources, as a sustainable solution for our packaging. These efforts have resulted in substantial improvements to our eco-footprint metrics in new product designs.
Continued Work and Partnerships
We recognize sustainability is an ongoing journey, and we are committed to continuous improvement.
To stay at the forefront of sustainability in the packaging industry, we have established partnerships with organizations such as the Sustainable Medicines Partnership, of which we are a Founding Collaborator, and the Global Self-Care Federation. These partnerships provide us with access to a broader set of resources and industry thought leadership.
Our innovation team also continues to monitor for new sustainable materials being developed and scaled, so we can build them into our sustainability roadmap.
We believe collaboration and innovation are key to driving positive change in the packaging supply chain and making a meaningful contribution to a more sustainable future. While sustainability is a journey, we are excited for the road ahead.
For more information on Jones Healthcare’s sustainable medication adherence packaging and blister packs, visit adherence.joneshealthcaregroup.com.