Recycling/Sustainability in Pharma Packaging

We understand that providing pharmaceuticals all over the world is of great importance, but we have a duty to look after the environment and provide sustainable solutions that do not hurt the planet. As such, we’ve put a heavy emphasis on providing sustainability in our pharma packaging from our glass packaging to tablet cartons and even measuring devices.

What Is Sustainable Pharmaceutical Packaging?

Sustainable pharmaceutical packaging is all about designing and producing products for the pharmaceutical industry that do not upset the environment. It starts with the use of sustainable materials to create eco-friendly packaging. Materials are selected based on how much of an impact they have on the environment and how easily they can be reused or recycled into new products with as little waste as possible. There are many different forms of sustainable materials, such as PE or PET which is made from sugarcane and biodegradable products that will naturally break down as other compostable material.

These sustainable materials form the basis of our sustainable pharmaceutical products, but the methods we use to create those products are also taken into consideration. For instance, our machinery needs to be less impact on the environment and we need to focus on how we can cut down on the use of electricity so that we can save more energy and costs so we can pass on more savings to our customers while also providing a product that is sustainable.

How Do Pharmaceutical Companies Ensure the Packaging Supply Chain Is Sustainable?

Pharmaceutical companies can follow a few simple rules to ensure that the packaging supply chain is sustainable, but it depends on how large the business is and how much power they have.

  1. Ensure that sustainable material is used. Whether it’s recycled materials, compostable polymers made from renewable sources or even biodegradable products, there are plenty of different ways to ensure that your materials are friendly to the environment.
  2. Make sure the process of transporting those products is optimized. Driving a large truck around the country will create lots of pollutants and generally wreak havoc on the environment, so ensuring that you’re limiting your carbon footprint in the logistics stage of pharma packaging can go a long way.
  3. Technology also plays a role in how companies can ensure that their supply chain is sustainable. For example, using advanced machinery that can be repurposed in the future for new packaging needs or technology that can be used to create new options like smart packaging applications.
  4. Focusing on positive patient outcomes. The happier your patients are, the healthier they will be and the more awareness they will have of your products thanks to your improvised designs which ultimately reduce the amount of packaging that we need to produce and fewer sources invested into our packaging solutions.

Which Pharma Companies Are Leading the Way in Sustainable Packaging?

Luckily, many pharma companies are starting to switch away from unsustainable packaging methods in favour of sustainable methods that make use of recyclable materials and biodegradable plastics. Processes are also changing to accommodate logistics processes that are easier on fuel and designs are shifting to create more reliable and less wasteful products.

At Origin, we’re leading the charge by changing our processes to fit modern needs. From using sustainable materials like PE and PET made from sugarcane to using 3D modelling techniques to help create your ideal packaging, we can drastically reduce the amount of waste we produce while also becoming more efficient. As a company that swears by sustainable packaging, we’re doing everything in our power to completely change our product lines and work processes to fit the need for sustainable packaging in the future.

What Does the Future Look Like for Sustainable Pharmaceutical Packaging?

Sustainable pharmaceutical packaging in the future could drastically change in a positive way. As more companies realize the impact they have on the environment, they’ll start to switch away from products that cannot be recycled or degraded. Processes will also be drastically optimized so that we can deliver our packaging products all over the globe with a smaller carbon footprint.

While many processes will be improved, we also can’t neglect the possibility of advanced technology making its way onto pharma packaging. This includes developmental uses such as new substrates that can improve the design and supply chain, or technologies that can follow a medical regimen so that we can provide more medication to those who need it without having to create more bottles, weaker medication and ultimately produce more waste.