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 2013 that reduced total packaging on an annualized basis by nearly 200 metric tons. Total annualized savings since 2007 equals 5,350 metric tons, exceeding Baxter’s goal to eliminate 5,000 metric tons of packaging material from products sent to customers by 2015.1

Asia Pacific

In India, Baxter’s facilities completed several projects that saved nearly 66 metric tons of packaging material on an annualized basis. At its Manesar facility, the company had previously used 3 liter drain bags on exported peritoneal dialysis (PD) products. By changing to 2.5 liter bags, the facility reduced 0.4 grams of packaging material per bag, saving 4.2 metric tons of plastic and $60,000 annually. For the 500 mL bags, the site increased the packing factor from 24 bags per carton to 30 bags. This saved money while reducing packaging material by nearly 13 metric tons each year.

In Waluj, India, the facility reduced the dimensions of its shipping cartons by several millimeters per box. This modification saved nearly 49 metric tons of cardboard on an annualized basis.

Europe, Middle East, and Africa

In Lublin, Poland, Baxter’s facility redesigned pallets from using four layer pads to two layer pads, reducing the amount of material by 12.4 metric tons on an annualized basis.

In Grosotto, Italy, Baxter changed the size of the overwrap for two of its kidney dialysis products. The project reduced the width of the bags from 720 mm to 660 mm, saving more than one metric ton of packaging material on an annualized basis.

The site in Marsa, Malta, reduced the pouch sizes on multiple products so that less material is used. This modification aimed to save costs and 1.5 metric tons of packaging material on an annualized basis.

Latin America

Baxter’s facility in Cali, Colombia, completed several packaging projects in 2013. One reduced the thickness in products used in kidney dialysis, saving 46 metric tons of packaging on an annualized basis. The facility also optimized the plastic packaging for solutions used in kidney dialysis, saving $300,000 and 70 metric tons of packaging material on an annual 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.