Sonoco becomes newest member of Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council

THE Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) has welcomed Sonoco, a producer of healthcare packaging, as its newest member.

Sonoco’s healthcare packaging business is part of Sonoco, a $5.2 billion global provider of consumer packaging, protective packaging and packaging supply chain services.

The firm’s medical packaging solutions are said to offer ‘multiple’ plastic and environmentally friendly sterile barrier packaging systems including TEQethylene, TEQpropylene and TEQconnex. These systems provide a recyclable medical packaging solution that use a proprietary blend of materials unique to each system.

“Sonoco Healthcare Packaging is a leader in sustainable packaging solutions,” said Peylina Chu, executive direct of HPRC. “Their subsidiary, TEQ, was one of the first packaging companies to adopt HPRC’s Design for Recycling Guidelines into their medical packaging. As a member of HPRC, Sonoco will help drive our vision toward an economy where all healthcare plastics are safely and effectively recycled and widely accepted as a valuable resource. Additionally, their insights and first hand knowledge developing recyclable sterile barrier systems for the healthcare industry will directly contribute to our ongoing project work.”

Todd McDonald, global director of sales and marketing at TEQ, added, “Our commitment to sustainability has been the primary driver in developing many of our products. In healthcare applications, we understand that for patient safety, plastic is usually the best solution. We also understand that recyclability is a critical design feature that cannot be overlooked. Being sustainable and saving lives are not mutually exclusive. I look forward to working collaboratively with HPRC to improve the recyclability of plastic products and packaging within healthcare.”