Rayner announced that changes to their manufacturing and packaging procedures will reduce CO2 greenhouse gas emissions by more than 800 tons over the next 5 years.
The reduced CO2 greenhouse gas emissions are the result of three dedicated waste-reducing projects:
- Revising manufacture of the RayOne Hydrophobic IOL so that 26,200 litres of Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) will now be internally recycled annually (saving 91.9 tonnes of CO2 greenhouse gas emissions annually). Rayner also wanted to reduce IPA consumption so it could instead be diverted to medical hand gel manufacturers to help combat COVID-19.
- Completely removing single-use plastic from its IOL manufacturing process, saving 7 tons of plastic/14 tonnes of CO2 greenhouse gas emissions annually.
- Updating packaging across the entire RayOne IOL portfolio, saving 27.8 tons of single use plastic/55.5 tonnes of CO2 greenhouse gas emissions annually.
The above annual savings figures have been averaged out based on projected 5-year volumes.
“Everyone at Rayner takes our responsibility to reduce waste and the use of plastics seriously. Furthermore, this is something we know surgeons and patients also care deeply about,” Rayner CEO Tim Clover said in a company news release. “By careful re-design and bold decisions, we have been able to retain all the features of RayOne which make it so popular, but dramatically reduce its environmental impact. Surgeons can expect to see the updated RayOne packaging over the next few months.”
Rayner continues to look for waste-reduction opportunities and has already introduced changes within its global head office in Worthing, UK, including switching to recycling collectors that send zero waste to landfill, and introducing reusable cups for every member of staff, saving almost 120,000 disposable cups annually.