In 2021, we began our 5-year Sustainable Packaging Program. Our pledge? That every packaging choice should be guided by scientific research to minimize our environmental impact, while maintaining our superior quality that protects people and products.
Our approach focuses on minimizing the packaging required for our products, and considering what happens to the packaging once disposed.
less paper a year in our Industrial product packaging
less plastic per year in our Industrial product packaging
of our Industrial product packaging now recyclable
recycled material in our Life Science shipper cases
minimum recycled material in our single-use and examination packaging
less material in our new surgical glove packaging versus previous design
We’re removing all plastic packaging from selected styles of Industrial gloves as part of our pledge to minimize our packaging's environmental impact and to reduce packaging’s use of plastic and paper in our Industrial product range by 2026.
Pair to bulk packaging
Since January 2023, we’ve been updating the packaging of our AlphaTec® chemical gloves and removing individual plastic bags, effectively removing 144 plastic bags from every case of 144 pairs of gloves shipped from Ansell.
Shipper case optimization
We’re standardizing our shipper case sizes to remove wasted empty space. Transportation of goods is a significant contributor to global carbon emissions, so this way we minimize shipping volumes and optimize handling and palletization for our customers.
Plastic-free vended items
Every six pairs of our Chemical and Mechanical vended items were previously bundled into a plain plastic sleeve. Removing those sleeves from several styles has effectively removed 24 plastic bags and inner labels from every case of 144 pairs of gloves shipped from Ansell within the EMEA/APAC region.
QR codes on primary packaging
We're adding QR codes onto primary product packaging so customers can easily access product information digitally online.
Instructions for use digitization in NA and LAC
We removed all paper instructions for use (IFUs) and transitioned to fully digital IFUs for the NA/LAC region, where regulations allow paperless IFUs.
Following a successful pilot in September 2022, we now pack our single-use MICROFLEX® 31-103 gloves in compostable bags designed to achieve 90% biodegradation within 180 days in industrial composting facilities.
Surgical SMART Pack™
Previously made of recyclable paper but also a non-recyclable plastic, from May 2021 we began changing the plastic part of the poly-pouch to a recyclable PE-based material, so now the entire packaging can be recycled.