Product sustainability

Helping more than two million users, we produce and ship more than 1.5 billion products every year. Making healthcare products more sustainable takes time – but we are already working on it.

Towards more sustainable products and services

The environmental impacts from our products and packaging contribute significantly to the environmental footprint of our company. Therefore, we are committed to improving the environmental performance of our products and packaging. To achieve this, we are applying the innovation skills we’ve built for more than 60 years.

We have already integrated sustainability into our product development process, but developing and delivering more environmentally sustainable products to the market may take several years. Therefore, while we work on making our products more sustainable in the long run, we focus on how we can take immediate action to lower the environmental impact of our packaging by increasing recyclability and our use of renewable materials.

Learn more about our progress

Addressing the plastic waste challenge

As we always put user safety first and to maintain high quality and hygiene standards, most of our products are single-use products made from plastic. 

Plastic waste is a worldwide challenge, which we address by advancing recycling technologies, increasing plastic waste recycling within our production and developing new products with less use of material, less waste generated and more sustainable materials. 

Phasing out hazardous substances

While all our products are biocompatible and safe for the intended purposes, we actively strive to reduce the negative health and environmental impacts of substances from our products and production processes. 

Packaging

The primary packaging for our products often provides key functionalities such as usability and sterility to the products. Though this means we rarely find plug-and-play alternatives, we have initiated several projects to make our primary packaging more sustainable.

Our retail boxes and shipper boxes already consist of renewable materials and are recyclable, and majority of these materials are FSC-certified.

"Having sustainability in mind when choosing which catheter to use is important to me."

Theresa | User | Luja™ female 

Learn more about how we have reduced the anvironmental footprin of Luja female in the video.

*Compared to SpeediCath® Compact Eve. Based on externally reviewed carbon footprint according to ISO14067.

1 Coloplast Annual Report 2022/23