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One man's trash is another man's silver

One man's trash is another man's silver

By engaging some of our waste handlers in Denmark we now sell our Biatain AG foam waste, which contains silver, instead of paying for it to be incinerated – contributing to increase waste-recycling by 67%. Read more about how we increased recycling
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How we increased recycling

One way to deal with the issue of waste is by reducing waste by increasing efficiency. Another approach is changing how we think about waste – could it be used elsewhere? Would someone else consider the waste from our production a commodity?

Environmental specialists at our production facility in Mørdrup in Denmark began to bring this kind of thinking into our waste management processes. Traditionally, we pay waste handlers to take our waste and then it’s out of our sight. Some is recycled but most is incinerated. However, to break with tradition, we made a tender for handling our waste that had a 50/50 weight on environmental and financial performance - normally, the environmental performance would weigh 5-10%.

As anticipated, this encouraged the waste handling companies to recycle more. If they were able to reuse the waste elsewhere or extract raw materials from it, they could make a more competitive bid. The company that won the contract managed to do just that. For instance, they were able to extract silver from waste generated by our wound care production. This way, the silicone that had previously been considered waste now became a commodity that could be of use somewhere else.

The results of this process were significant. After rethinking waste handling, the production facility at Mørdrup was able to reduce costs per tonnes of waste by 35% in one year. 

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Wrapping the Empire State Building

Wrapping the Empire State Building

By eliminating alufoil in SpeediCath® Flex packaging, we saved enough to wrap the Empire State Building more than five times a year. Read more about SpeediCath Flex
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Reducing environmental impact from SpeediCath® Flex

This year, Coloplast has launched an updated version of SpeediCath® Flex with new packaging that contains no aluminium. This reduces the product’s carbon footprint up to 16%. In addition, SpeediCath® Flex is free from PVC and phtalates.   
   

 

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We move more with less

We move more with less

For the same amount of CO2 we can ship 200 times as many goods by sea compared to air. Read more about our transportation of goods
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Transportation of goods

As growing company, business air travels are also increasing. Airfreight accounts for 5.1% of our total transportation of goods. We have an ambition of getting back to previous standards and reduce the use of airfreight to less than 3%.

 

Coloplast users are often very dependent on receiving a stable and adequate supply of products. In case of any extraordinary events in the supply chain, Coloplast will prioritise users’ needs for products and, if needed, ship products by air to ensure that products reach users in time.

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