Johnson & Johnson Vision removes plastic pouches from Acuvue deliveries

The external packaging has already been removed from deliveries in Europe, and the change will be rolled out to the UK in coming months

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Johnson & Johnson MedTech, which comprises the business’ vision arm, is removing outer plastic pouches from its Acuvue deliveries as part of its aims to reduce its environmental footprint and move towards a net zero target by 2030.

The pouches were removed from deliveries in Europe from 18 April, with the UK to follow suit over the next two months.

The impact

Removing external pouches will save 10 tones of plastic each year – equivalent to the weight of seven standard cars

The company suggested that, by keeping delivery notes inside orders without additional external packaging, it will save around 10 tonnes of plastic across Europe each year.

In place of the packaging, Johnson & Johnson Vision has introduced stickers containing essential customer information to support the delivery process. The company plans to expand this to its wider operations.

Jacqueline Henderson, Europe, Middle East and Africa area vice president for Vision Care, said of the decision: “It may seem like a small step, but it’s significant – even minimal changes to day-to-day processes can make a huge impact in the long run and help contribute to a healthier planet.”

Looking over progress made so far to reduce its environmental impact, the company highlighted that it has saved 42,000 tonnes of CO2 annually through renewable and energy efficient programmes, as well as moving to 100% renewable electricity. The switch has taken place this year, three years ahead of target.