Packaging

Baxter works to decrease the environmental impact of packaging by reducing the amount used and substituting for environmentally-preferable materials. The company implemented projects in 2012 that reduced total packaging on an annualized basis by 850 metric tons. Total annualized savings since 2007 equals 5,150 metric tons, exceeding Baxter’s goal to eliminate 5,000 metric tons of packaging material from products sent to customers by 2015.1

Europe, Middle East, and Africa

In Tunis, Tunisia, Baxter installed machinery with new pouch size molds that allowed the company to reduce the size of the outer plastic pouch by 20-40%, depending on the product’s size, and then replace an inner plastic pouch with a paper band. The smaller size of the outer pouch allows Baxter to fit the same quantity of products into a smaller box. Using the new machinery, the company can also print product labels directly onto the packaging instead of printing a label separately and adhering it to the product.

In Ireland, Baxter designed a renal pack unit that reduces the waste generated by dialysis treatment centers and hospitals across the country. All materials and consumables are packed together at the Baxter facility in patient specific, bar-coded treatment packs. This reduces corrugated box use as well as customer storage needs. In 2012, Baxter received the EnviroCom Award for Best Example of Waste Prevention for the project.

In Kista, Sweden, Baxter implemented a project to reduce the packaging material used to distribute products with specific temperature requirements. Changing to a cooling truck for transport eliminated the need for approximately 3 metric tons of Styrofoam packaging and saved more than $50,000 in 2012. In Marsa, Malta, Baxter implemented a project to reduce primary packaging material, top web of paper and bottom web of plastic, with savings of $20,000 and 5.6 metric tons of material in 2012.

Latin America

Baxter’s facility in Cali, Colombia, completed a project in 2012 to reduce the carton weight of its intravenous (IV) sets. The new design decreased corrugated material use for six carton codes, saving approximately 32 metric tons of packaging on an annualized basis.

United States

Baxter’s facility in Mountain Home, Arkansas implemented several packaging reduction projects in 2012, including decreasing the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) sheeting used to make a product’s overpouch by reducing the thickness of the sheeting. This saved 11 metric tons of material and nearly $44,000 on an annualized basis.

1 This equals the total savings attributable to identified projects across the company, counted only for the first year after the packaging innovation was implemented.