“Healthcare accounts for only about 5% of all plastics consumed, and the volume of waste derived from healthcare devices and packaging is relatively small compared to other sources. Nevertheless, it still becomes a topic of importance to medical device and pharmaceutical packaging companies,” explains Steve Duckworth, Global Head of Marketing & Business Development for Healthcare Polymer Solutions.
Regulations governing the use of plastics in healthcare applications dictate that materials must be well-characterized and consistent to ensure patient safety, and this limits the sustainability options available, Duckworth says. “We must try to be pragmatic, even when it comes to an understandably ‘hot topic’ across the plastics industry. However I believe the MEVOPUR® portfolio of medical-grade products and services includes some solutions that can allow healthcare companies to take steps in a ‘green’ direction without compromising their primary mission.” He points to several specific initiatives:
A new high-performance life for plastic waste Lavergne and Clariant develop halogen-free flame-retardant compounds for electronics based on recycled ocean-bound plastics OBP
Muttenz, February 27, 2020 – Clariant, one of the leading suppliers of sustainable ingredients and solutions for the Industrial and Home Care Cleaning segment, has combined best in class fiber protection against dirt, with outstanding sustainability benefits, in its new soil release polymer for laundry detergents. Read More
Lavergne’s close collaboration with Clariant to develop halogen-free flame-retardant versions of its recycled polyester grades, arises from the company’s wider mission to create new uses for plastic, in this case polyethylene terephthalate (PET), recycled from ocean-bound waste streams. Ocean-Bound-Plastic (OBP) refers to plastic waste that is recovered from the over 8 million metric tons of plastic currently entering the oceans each year. Read More
Geleen (NL), 26 February 2020 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, today announces it is futureproofing and expanding the capacity of its high-performance materials compounding plant in Evansville, Indiana, USA. With the investment, DSM will enhance the site to produce the next generation of advanced materials, including bio-based thermoplastics. The project is expected to be completed in Q3 2021. Read More