There are two ways of overcoming the ever-growing mountain of waste on our planet: the first is ensuring that as little waste as possible is created during production and manufacturing processes. The second is returning the waste that cannot be avoided to the natural cycle by ensuring that they are biodegradable or recycling the raw materials. Sustainability means avoiding waste and conserving resources. This protects both people and the environment in the long term.
We can only ensure the gradual minimisation of waste generation by saving resources with the help of modern production technologies as well as selecting and using of alternative, more environment friendly packaging materials. Sebapharma has a very special way of dealing with this ever-growing challenge.
Back in 2013, Sebapharma switched to the production of selected product flacons. These were made up of 70 % LDPE and 30 % HDPE, a high-density polyethylene plastic. This measure resulted in a reduction in weight and material savings of around 11.3 tons per year. Another positive result of the savings in logistics was an improved carbon footprint.
In 2017, the company was able to improve things further with sustainable progress in reducing in packaging plastic. By optimising crucibles and flacons, the company was able to reduce the amount of plastic by a further 13.8 tons per year.
As a general rule, sebamed packaging is almost 100% recyclable. Paper and plastic packaging is given a recycling code that helps recycling companies and consumers recycle packaging materials properly.
In October 2019, the first sebamed product in a sustainable tube was launched onto the market: sebamed shower gel. The tube is made of renewable raw materials. And what's more, the company has managed to reduce the weight of the tube by 25% - another important contribution towards reducing the amount of plastic in the packaging, which, in turn, has a positive impact on the carbon footprint due to the reduced transport weight.
Currently, Sebapharma is extensively investigating a wide range of possibilities of how to use recycled materials in their packaging in future. Recyclates are products or packaging materials that are made from recycled materials.
At Sebapharma, we are not only working on continuously optimising the reduction of materials and the biodegradability of the packaging materials, but also on the biodegradability of the ingredients in the products themselves. As such, the company refrains from using microplastics.
In addition to waste avoidance and recycling, Sebapharma is also committed to reducing CO2 emissions. Here, you can read about how the Boppard-based company manages to keep its carbon footprint as small as possible.