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An alternative to glass packaging

December 2, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

GE Healthcare claims to have come up with a better alternative to the glass packaging traditionally used for medical supplies, such as contrast agents and substances used in medical imaging.

The company has carried out a study, found what it says is a more efficient alternative and developed the new GE Healthcare +PLUSPak – a polymer bottle with “far superior ecological benefits than glass” based on the environmental impact of the bottle’s lifecycle, from creation to disposal.

“Polymer bottles in the US are most likely to be treated as municipal waste versus glass bottles which must be disposed of in a sharps container followed by autoclaving and landfilling,” says the company. “The resources for disposing of the polymer bottle are less demanding.

“Sensitivity to air freight, secondary packaging, and lower mass of the polymer bottles all contribute to fewer carbon emissions.”

The +PLUSPak bottle is included under the umbrella of GE’s ecomagination criteria for improving workplace safety and convenience. All GE Healthcare iodinated and MRI contrast media products are now available in +PLUSPak packaging.

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