Abbott Laboratories is on its way toward a goal of cutting the packaging used in its key products by 5 percent by 2013. Yesterday the Abbott Park, Ill., company gave a progress report on its sustainable packaging efforts. Abbott said it is implementing more than 40 sustainable packaging initiatives, which emphasize "use of lighter and sustainable materials in package design." Based on that definition, it's no surprise that plastics are playing an important role. The company cited one example: its Abbott Nutrition unit reduced the amount of plastic in its 8-ounce re-closable bottles by 8.3 percent. "Through better design, the company cut polypropylene plastic usage by 2.7 million pounds annually. The reduced-weight bottles also will help save 436,000 gallons of gasoline used for transportation per year," the company said. Abbott said since 2007, it has eliminated an estimated 2.88 million pounds of packaging on an annualized basis, the equivalent of preventing 15,000 pounds of polystyrene foam from going into landfills.
Plastics help Abbott make packaging more sustainable
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