Cardinal Health releases sustainable surgical gloves

Modified packaging reduces waste, maximizes storage space

February 23, 2012
by Purchasing b2b staff

DUBLIN, OHIO: Cardinal Health has released a complete portfolio of surgical gloves, including the Protexis powder-free surgical gloves and Triflex powdered surgical gloves, in sustainable, half-fold packaging. The company said the standardized surgical glove packaging’s half-folded format helps reduce consumption of materials and helps customers reduce their environmental footprint, minimize waste and maximize 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,” said Lisa Ashby, president of category management at Cardinal Health.

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 impact on the quality and health of the environment and consider, for example, the product materials, production, packaging, reusability, energy efficiency, disposal, nationally recognized certification, or its environmental impact.

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. Cardinal Health also has begun initiatives to address and improve its surgical glove manufacturing operations in Thailand, including non-hazardous waste recycling, heat recovery and water recycling.