Greener • Lighter • More Comfortable
Watch the video below which highlights how changing from PVC masks
to Intersurgical EcoLite™ masks has the potential to help healthcare
providers reduce the amount of clinical waste they generate.
Products with lower scores are more environmentally friendly, with the change from PVC resulting in a 69% reduction in environmental impact1.
Products with lower scores are more environmentally friendly, with the change from PVC resulting in a 72% reduction in environmental impact2.
2. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Comparison of non-PVC and PVC Oxygen Masks (issue 2)
3. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Comparison of non-PVC and PVC Anaesthetic Masks (issue 2)
|We are committed to lowering the environmental impact of our products and services and have implemented an Environmental Management System which has been certified to the international standard ISO 14001:2015. We follow this framework to establish and ensure a sustainable approach across the business and throughout the lifecycle of our products.
'Intersurgical is committed to minimising the environmental impact of the company’s products, activities and services, and to the prevention of environmental pollution and sustainable resource use'.
Part of this commitment is a proactive approach to continuously improve our products and packaging through material selection. Due to both environmental and clinical concerns from health care professionals Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) has been one material where we have particularly focussed our efforts and today the Intersurgical Eco range of products provide an alternative to traditional PVC options where possible.
Utilisation of the state of the art manufacturing technology has for example enabled us to combine two non-PVC materials in our mask products. The polypropylene material forming the body of the mask is clear, lightweight and rigid enough to maintain the mask’s shape, whilst the second softer TPE is utilised in the manufacture of the seal, which is in contact with the patient’s face. The use of these materials has resulted in oxygen, aerosol and a range of anaesthetic face masks with a significantly reduced environmental impact and improved patient comfort.
Lower environmental impact products
We have many products in our range which do not contain any PVC. However, our Eco range of products have been designed as part of our ongoing focus on sustainable development. Wherever you see the logo in our catalogues and website, you can be assured we have reduced the environmental impact of these products compared to traditional PVC options.
Compairing the environmental impact of products
We have used SimaPro 8 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) software to assess the environmental aspects of our products following the ISO standards 14040:2006 and 14044:2006. By analysing the materials, packaging, energy used in manufacturing and disposal methods, this software enables us to quantify the environmental impact of our products, giving us a number in units of Eco millipoints.
The following examples illustrate the reduction of environmental impact between a traditional PVC oxygen mask and the Intersurgical EcoLite oxygen mask, and a traditional PVC anaesthetic face mask and the ClearLite anaesthetic face mask.
Please feel free to contact us for further information.
Comfortable for the patient
Comfortable for the environment
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