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Sustainability in the blister packaging of medications

In a world where environmental awareness plays an increasingly important role, it is crucial that sustainable solutions also find their way into the healthcare sector.

A significant disadvantage of traditional blister packaging is the packaging waste problem. Each medication dose is individually packaged, leading not only to an enormous consumption of packaging material but also to a high volume of packaging waste. These single-use packages are often not biodegradable and therefore significantly burden the environment.

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Blister packaging typically consists of a combination of various materials specifically designed for the protection and storage of medications. The main components of a typical blister package are:

  • FilmsMost blister packages are made of plastic films that provide a protective barrier for the medications. These films are often made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), PVDC (polyvinylidene chloride), PP (polypropylene), or PET (polyethylene terephthalate).
  • Backing materialThis is the material on which the medications are placed. It can be made of aluminum foil, paper, or plastic film. Aluminum foil is commonly used for blister packaging because it provides a good barrier against moisture, light, and oxygen.
  • SealingTo securely hold the medications in the blister package, the films are welded or sealed together. This can be done through heat, ultrasound, or pressure.
  • Printing inks and varnishesBlister packaging can also be printed with inks and varnishes to provide information such as dosage instructions, brand logos, and other important details.

With the ANABOX smart, we aim to improve the packaging waste problem with its reusable cups and the option for return and recycling.

We rely on high-quality, reusable materials. The cups and top shell can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher, which not only extends the products' lifespan but also drastically reduces the need for single-use packaging.

Another important aspect of the sustainability of ANABOX smart is its option for return and recycling. After use, the ANABOX cases can be returned. During recycling, the cases are exchanged while the valuable electronics are reused. This approach not only reduces the need for new raw materials but also lowers costs and the ecological footprint.