Sustainability throughout the value chain
Eco-design in each step
Eco-design is becoming increasingly important at Arjo. We evaluate all materials and components used when designing new products or upgrading existing ones. This work is conducted by Arjo’s research and development team, which has deep expertise and extensive technical knowledge related to our operations.
Eco-design at Arjo focuses on five areas:
*Morris et al., 2008
Reduced environmental impact throughout production
Reprocessing to support healthcare
In 2018, Arjo acquired the US-based company ReNu Medical, which is specialized in green reprocessing of single use non-invasive medical devices, such as garments to prevent DVT.
Unlike conventional methods of recycling, in which carcinogenic chemicals such as ethylenoxide (EtO) are used, ReNu’s process is free of toxins, with no chemical residue or emissions. Instead, a green, water-based high temperature process is used. The process also reduces the exposure of patients and healthcare professionals to hazardous substances. ReNu’s method further enables the product to be reused twice as many times as with a traditional recycling process using EtO. This results in a reduction of waste.
Arjo’s competence in this area strengthens our offering and creates new business opportunities. Our aim is to develop ReNu’s operations in Canada and Australia in 2020.