Our commitment to sustainability
This focus on environmental sustainability has inspired us to continuously work to maximise the protection, performance, and efficacy of our portfolio while minimizing the impact it has on the environment. This motivates us to constantly examine the materials we use, as well as where we source them, to reduce their economic impact while adhering to our strict standards for quality and performance.
For more information about previous achievements in sustainability, please see our Commitment to Sustainability.
Introducing Elastoplast's new GREEN & PROTECT Range
GREEN & PROTECT sustainable plasters combine the flexibility of a fabric plaster with water-resistant protection. The plasters’ durable, robust material is breathable and hypoallergenic, making them extra skin-friendly.
Our GREEN & PROTECT range features extra-strong adhesion, is composed of naturally derived and biodegradable fibres in the wound pad and backing, and offers the same protection as our other lines of plasters, blocking 99% of bacteria*. In addition, the GREEN & PROTECT range is 100% climate neutralised, meaning that the remaining CO2 emissions along the value chain are balanced through certified climate projects.
* Elastoplast plasters protect against dirt & bacteria.
The GREEN & PROTECT wound pad is bio-based and fully biodegradable. We achieved this by using lyocell and polylactide acid (PLA) fibres. Lyocell is a bio-based, biodegradable fibre based on cellulose, which we source from
wood grown in sustainably managed forests PLA (polylactide acid) is made from corn, a renewable resource, and is biodegradable in industrial composting processes.
A plaster’s release liner ensures that it maintains its sticking power while being easy to open. Our GREEN & PROTECT release liner is made from FSC®-certified1 paper coated with biomass-balanced silicone.
The backing component of our GREEN & PROTECT plasters are made from viscose fibres. Viscose is a bio-based fibre made from wood. To minimise our environmental impact further, we source this viscose only from wood sourced from sustainably managed forests. To offer better protection, our viscose backings repel water while remaining fully biodegradable in freshwater.
Our latex-free synthetic rubber adhesive is designed to deliver optimal performance while being gentle on the skin.2
We’ve also ensured that the packaging of our GREEN & PROTECT range is as sustainable as possible. To ensure the highest performance and safety, the strips of our sustainable plaster come enclosed in a paper-based sealing pouch to prevent dirt from coming into contact with the plaster, wound pad, or adhesive layer. As with our backing component, the paper used here is FSC®-certified1. Our folding box is composed of 93% recycled cartons and is printed using inks free of mineral oil.
100% climate neutralized product
Note on composting
While Elastoplast has taken significant measures to maximise the proportions of naturally derived materials and biodegradable fibres, our product is not compostable. A used plaster has been in contact with a wound and therefore carries bodily fluids such as blood. This means a plaster must be correctly disposed of in household waste and cannot be placed into organic waste disposal or discarded into nature.
A sustainable plaster for our future
For 100 years, we’ve made a business out of caring for people. And in the 21st century, that means caring for the climate as well. Because in sustainability, just as in life, Elastoplast has got you covered. For a life uninterrupted.
1 Beiersdorf FSC® licence number FSC® N003710.
2 At the moment, there is no bio-based or biodegradable adhesive available. Our team is researching continuously and hopes to be able to source a more sustainable substitute in the future.
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