Supplier collaboration boosts NHS Supply Chain sustainability

28 October 2011

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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 examination gloves.

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.

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