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Shattering the Glass Standard

Polymer Bottles Introduce the Next Wave in Environmentally Preferable Contrast Media Packaging

From cars to houses to disposable cups, materials are becoming more environmentally efficient than ever before. This evolution in materials has now extended to the doctor’s office. For years, contrast agents, substances used in medical imaging, have been packaged in glass bottles. However, glass has its drawbacks. In addition to being breakable, it is less energy efficient to produce and is costlier to dispose of.

A recent study indicates that there is a much more efficient alternative: GE Healthcare’s +PLUSPak™ (polymer) bottle. Assessing the environmental impact of the bottle’s lifecycle from creation to disposal, the ecological benefits of the multipack configuration polymer bottle are superior to its glass counterpart’s.

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The +PLUSPak™ polymer bottle improves workplace safety and efficiency. Its green credentials received a seal of approval from GE’s ecomagination program.

End-of-life 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. The resources for disposing of the polymer bottle are less demanding.

Packaging and Transport

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 available in +PLUSPak™ packaging.

 

References:

A life cycle assessment of packaging options for contrast media delivery: comparing polymer bottle vs. glass bottle http://rd.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11367-014-0795-1

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GE Ecomagination

From Creation to Disposal: Why switching to polymer bottles may help protect the environment…And hospital budgets