Optimal packaging design protects our products in a compliant manner and meets or exceeds customer needs with the minimum possible environmental impact.
The packaging we use for our finished products serves a range of important purposes. The foremost purpose is to protect the purity, efficacy and physical integrity of the product. Packaging also provides the customer with information and convenience, the pharmacist or provider with accurate dispensing information at the point of purchase, and our business with marketing value. For some products, packaging also serves safety functions such as child resistance and tampering evidence.
GOAL: 100% of the packaging for our new human health products will be reviewed for environmental impact and improvement.
2017 PROGRESS: 100% of products launched in 2017
We have adopted “Design for Environment” guidelines that help our engineers design new product packages that are better for the environment by minimizing package sizes and using more environmentally friendly materials, where possible. We have set a target to review all of our new human health packaging designs to understand and minimize environmental impacts as much as possible, while still providing adequate protection of our products.
To help us evaluate the differences in environmental impacts between packaging options, we use a simplified life-cycle assessment (LCA) tool that provides information on the environmental impacts generated by the materials used in our packaging. The tool helps us to make informed decisions as to which materials are better for the environment.