Through our partnership with experts, customers, and end users, we are driving sustainable product innovation across all product speciality areas to maximise infection prevention whilst protecting our planet.

Whilst providing solutions that prevent infection, we also ensure that our brands promote a sustainable advantage for healthcare facilities around the world.

Reducing plastic products and packaging

Some plastic in healthcare is simply unavoidable due to its inherent characteristics, but that isn’t stopping us from continuously working with industry experts to develop innovative sustainable solutions.

  • Vernacare Medical Pulp is made from over-issued recycled newspaper, and all products are 100% biodegradable
  • Our flushable and maceratable wipes are manufactured from cellulose plant-based fibres, which provide a more environmentally friendly alternative, whilst ensuring safe and hygienic disposal in a macerator or toilet
  • We are working towards the inclusion of recycled plastic content across all Conti® packaging formats
  • Oasis® wipes are manufactured using sustainable plant-based materials, providing an environmentally friendly alternative
  • Sharpsafe® - reduced virgin plastics in manufacturing throughout the range. All accessories are made from 100% recycled materials
  • Clinisafe® cardboard waste containers use 70% recycled material 

Making single-use sustainable

Single-use products are crucial to successfully preventing infections in healthcare environments.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of this, and raised awareness of how infections can easily spread on a global scale.

Solutions to help protect humanity are essential, but we work to ensure that the Vernacare portfolio and its brands also provide a sustainable advantage for the healthcare sector.

The Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) states that to reuse a single-use device without considering the consequences could expose patients and staff to risks which outweigh the perceived benefits of using the devices.

Reference: MHRA Single-Use Medical Devices: Implications & Consequences of Reuse - January 2021.

We are always looking for ways to improve our sustainability efforts

Some of our recent sustainability success stories include:

2,416 solar panels generate 500,000 kWh/yr of electricity at our Chorley facility

2,416 solar panels generate 500,000 kWh/yr of electricity at our Chorley facility

Blackwood delivers zero waste to landfill, utilising high-grade reprocessed material

Blackwood delivers zero waste to landfill, utilising high-grade reprocessed material

Actively involved in the Climate Change Agreement at our Bolton facility

Actively involved in the Climate Change Agreement at our Bolton facility

Supporting the Circular Economy

Our products and systems, including macerators, pulp, sharps containers and wipes are all created with the circular economy at their core. Vernacare are constantly striving for sustainable product innovation throughout all of our product ranges.

of recycled over-issued newsprint to make pulp

of recycled over-issued newsprint to make pulp

is used in Vernacare's maceratable system

is used in Vernacare's maceratable system

is used in macerators than bed pan washers

is used in macerators than bed pan washers

WEEE Compliance

Vernacare adheres to the UK WEEE regulations, which require us to:

Minimise waste arising from their electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) products and promote their reuse

Ensure the waste products are treated correctly and meet recovery and recycling targets for the waste materials

Design products by reducing material use and enhancing reusability and recyclability

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