phAMBITION - Our sustainability programme

phAMBITION - Our sustainability programme

Our Story
Sustainability is an increasingly important issue for the future and Polyco Healthline is bringing it to the forefront of our business. For us, the challenge of sustainable transformation is balancing the need to keep our business in motion while making changes to reach our sustainability ambitions.
We understand the tough realities of our sector and that becoming sustainable doesn't happen overnight. It takes many smaller steps, sometimes challenging and some into the unknown, to really take sustainability to the next level and beyond. We are committed to building for a more sustainable future - together with internal and external stakeholders.
Our first step has been to identify the areas where we need to make the most changes to reduce our CO2 footprint. Our pursuit of Zero Waste, Say 'No' to plastics and Energy efficiency stems from this.

Our programme
#phAMBITION is Polyco Healthline's new sustainability programme. It aims to build upon our sustainability successes so far and set new targets and goals whilst unlocking the power of change. Our programme is aimed at addressing the social and environmental challenges of the next decade with commitments to improve the lives and wellbeing of our people with the smallest environmental footprint.
We have considered the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) against our value chain to better understand risks and opportunities and
drive positive change. That is why our strategy is focused on addressing key sustainability impacts and opportunities throughout our value chain.

phAMBITION - Our sustainability programme

We are focusing on the importance of a holistic approach to sustainability development and improving wellbeing. At Polyco Healthline, we are continuously looking for global trends fuelling a regenerative approach to protect our People and Planet building circular inclusive value chain, with positive choices.

phAMBITION is Polyco Healthline's journey towards a sustainable future which supports a healthy, thriving world and promotes well-being for us all, for generations to come'.

This is a fundamental transformation of what we do, to create growth and shared value whilst keeping sustainability at our core.

We have structured our ambitions into '5 R's'. These will form the cornerstone of our sustainability programme.

Reduce
For us, reduce is the beginning of our story and the 'gatekeeper' to consuming less. We see this as the foundation of achieving a lighter footprint. Small changes can have a big impact - if we all commit to reduce, together we'll make a big difference.

Rethink
What can we do differently? We want to turn off the 'auto pilot' and rethink our approach so that every decision moves us closer to our #phAMBITION. We want to think and rethink, to challenge the norm and make positive change. We aim to create an environment that's fuelled by mindfulness supporting each other, our communities, and our world.

Research
We are curious and we want you to be curious too. None of us have all the answers but our mantra is always to find out more. Together with our shared knowledge we can create better solutions. We don't just jump on the bandwagon. Our most important word is 'why?' and our decisions are rooted in evidence, science, and knowledge.

Recycle
We want to take a more holistic approach, to understand the lifecycle of our waste so that we can be responsive and responsible. We know it can be complicated! We'll bring clarity to how waste can be disposed of responsibly.

Restore
It's not enough just to be 'less bad'. We plan to restore and restore to better. We see our world as a community not a commodity and we want to play our part in restoring that community.

Our Sustainability milestones
  • The vast majority of our polythene bags are already made from recycled plastic, and we are working towards converting those that aren't.
  • We were first to market with a range of reusable gloves made in part from recycled plastic bottles (the Polyflex Eco range) and are excited to launch a new addition later this year.
  • We have pioneered the switch from plastic to paper stemmed cotton buds, being the first in the market to do so in 2016.
  • Also first to UK market, was our paper industrial glove bundle bands, a method we are now working to package all of our applicable industrial gloves in.
  • Where gloves need to be single use for infection control purposes, we offer a world-first solution to reduce glove waste and excess packaging with our SafeDon range. The 'cuff first' glove dispensing system has shown a reduction glove wastage by 10% and reduces packaging by 30%. This packaging reduction, made possible by robotic packing machines, packs more tightly and with more precision than by humans allowing us to ship more environmentally efficiently.
  • We are working tirelessly to implement at least 30% recycled content to any plastic packaging, and even help third parties to use recycled content in their products by sending our 'Fusion' offcuts to car manufactures to be used in dashboards.
  • We have already reduced our electricity consumption by almost half by using solar power and daylight panels and have saved 26% through our onsite timed LED lighting.
  • Our Research & Development team is working hard to pioneer a disposable glove that meets the requirements to be 'home compostable' made in the UK.
  • We are undergoing an electric car fleet conversion project.

Our product and packaging sustainability transformation encompasses science and life cycle assessments, optimising resource efficiency focusing on keeping the planet and people safe. This combines the required protection for occupational health and work safety.

We are working with our champions to drive engagement across the company to achieve our goals and targets. We are focused on the areas where we can make the biggest difference: waste, energy and plastics. We are embedding sustainability principles into new product development and exploring solutions that will decrease the environmental impact of our products and packaging. This is all whilst driving greater energy efficiency throughout our operations and spearheading responsible waste management solutions.

Our 2030 agenda represents a fundamental shift in thinking, recognising the interconnected imperative of a prosperous business, a thriving society, and a healthy environment. We are driving sustainable profit via triple-bottom-line, encompassing people, planet, and product leading transformation change goals for 2030.

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