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Alcon Steps to Sustainability

Alcon says a decision to switch to sustainable cold chain packaging for the shipment of its ophthalmic viscosurgical devices (OVDs) across Australia will reduce waste by 135,600kg each year.

The decision, which follows an extensive viability assessment, means new cold chain shipping will feature:

• Green Cell Foam, a bio-based packaging made from corn, which can be dissolved with water or placed in compostable waste. A plastic film covering the foam for delivery can be recycled as a soft plastic.

• ProtectaChill Gel Packs which are reusable and come with 100% recyclable Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE4) outer cases. According to Alcon, the Gel Packs are made in Australia by Sancell, from a formula that is 100% non-toxic, eco-friendly and stays frozen significantly longer than ice. The product can be refrozen and reused post-delivery.

a decision to switch to sustainable cold chain packaging… will reduce waste by 135,600kg each year

Both products meet industry standards and are suitable to protect lifesaving, critical eye care products. They will replace the use of Styrofoam and Gel Bricks for Alcon’s cold chain delivery across Australia.