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28 October 2011| Angeline Albert
NHS Supply Chain has cut
carbon emissions and waste by working with suppliers to reduce the packaging on
The organisation, which provides purchasing
and logistics services to the NHS, said it had asked suppliers to review their
packaging to take advantage of new EU standards for gloves.
Changes to the EN standard for gloves means
suppliers can now manufacture thinner gloves that allow more to be included in
a pack and cut packaging, while still offering protection to clinical users. This
has enabled NHS Supply Chain to procure a new range of gloves in boxes of 200,
as opposed to the previous range available in batches of 100. As a result the
number of deliveries has been reduced, cutting carbon emissions.
This was disclosed in NHS Supply Chain’s Focus on sustainability report,
published this week.
Overall, NHS Supply Chain’s sustainable
efforts have led to a 14 per cent reduction in CO2 tonnes per £1 million
revenue since 2008. The organisation also said it “achieved a 15 per cent rise
in awareness of sustainable practices within the first six months of
introducing the new role of sustainable procurement manager”.
The provider has also
introduced 100 per cent recycled paper across all distribution centres to
reduce the environmental impact of in-house goods and services.