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Sanofi joins Blister Pack’s mission to use fiber-based packaging

by | Feb 22, 2024

Sanofi consumer healthcare, a founding member of the Blister Pack Collective, has decided to work closely with PA Consulting and PulPac’s Blister Pack Collective, in order to focus on the development of fiber-based blister packs.

This new fiber-based packaging method is extremely beneficial as it means that the packaging can simply and easily be recycled through the paper waste stream, effectively eliminating the plastic waste problem that is generated through normal pharmaceutical packaging.

Sanofi is a company that is very clearly dedicated to creating packaging which is better for the environment, as they are a founding member of both the Blister Pack Collective, as well as, the Bottle Collective. This is a similar company focused on developing a Dry Molded Fiber bottle which can be used for food, drink, consumer health and FMCG applications. Now Sanofi is addressing the next steps for the company and that involves working with and investing in the research and development of Dry Molded Fiber packaging. The aim with this step is to find solutions for blister and bottle packaging which are recyclable alongside paper packaging. Finding these solutions will also enable the company to reduce or eliminate its own single-use plastic packaging, whilst simultaneously enhancing the environmental profile of its product portfolio.

The Blister Pack Collective is a company that was created in 2022 and it consists of businesses within the pharma, consumer health and FMCG industries. The company’s current aim is to use PulPac’s Dry Molded fiber to create a tablet blister pack. The reason behind this aim is to begin eliminating the plastic waste problem through removing materials like PVC from the waste stream. The use of this alternative material will also help the packaging industry to cut down on the one hundred thousand tonnes of plastic which is used in the medical packaging sector annually.

The companies have now taken an interest in Dry Molded Fiber because of the benefits the manufacturing process and the product itself provides to all parties involved with it. Dry Molded Fiber technology has been said to leave a carbon footprint which is 80% lower than plastic and wet molded fibre. Furthermore, the process requires a minimal amount of water. A final benefit is that when in use for blister pack applications, Dry Molded Fiber allows the manufacturer to maintain the design and tablet count of traditional PVC packs.

PulPac partnership lead at PA Consulting, Tony Perrotta, commented, “We are delighted to join forces with Sanofi CHC on the Blister Pack Collective. Sanofi CHC is already leading the way with Dry Molded Fiber integrations in their Bottle Collective work, and this additional partnership will lead to a better environmental footprint and reduced plastics in future healthcare packaging.”

Chief commercial officer at PulPac, Sanna Fager, added, “We are very happy that a renowned brand like Sanofi CHC joins the collective and validates the innovative power of Dry Molded Fiber. From the very beginning, we set out to replace single-use plastics at a global scale by building an ecosystem of changemakers around our technology. We are excited to see that vision come to life and be embraced by the industry. When brands join forces, change becomes not only possible but also inevitable.”

Global head of Design, Product Sustainability, and Packaging Innovation at Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, France Depaix, mentioned, “We are proud to be a part of the Blister Pack Collective, as we take significant steps to reduce our environmental footprint and contribute to a healthier planet. By fostering collaboration and adopting innovative solutions, we aspire to set new benchmarks for sustainability, inspiring our peers and partners to join us in this transformative journey.”

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