Sustainability

We’re lowering our carbon footprint and helping our partners do the same

Our goal is to make healthcare more sustainable

Climate change is a pressing healthcare issue. In the process of caring for patients, healthcare takes its toll on the environment. Not only does our industry consume significant natural resources, such as energy and water, it also generates tons of landfill waste.

To keep people and the planet safe and healthy, we’re committed to building a future where healthcare operates more sustainably. That’s why we’re investing in green technologies and creating practical solutions that help conserve natural resources and reduce waste. Our actions are lightening our ecological footprint and helping our partners to do the same.

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We offer programs designed to help our healthcare partners make a positive impact on the environment and reduce costs.

ReNewal Medical Device Reprocessing

Did you know hospitals produce more than 5 million metric tons of waste each year?1 Medline ReNewal helps minimize hospital waste by reprocessing medical devices so that they may be safely used again. In 2020 alone, the program diverted over 1 million pounds of waste from landfills.

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ReNewal Medical Device Reprocessing

Did you know hospitals produce more than 5 million metric tons of waste each year?1 Medline ReNewal helps minimize hospital waste by reprocessing medical devices so that they may be safely used again. In 2020 alone, the program diverted over 1 million pounds of waste from landfills.

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OR Towel Take-Back

Instead of throwing away used operating room (OR) towels, we help facilitate pick-up free-of-charge through our OR Towel Take-Back program. These towels are then repurposed for use outside of healthcare.

Tote Exchange

Tote Exchange is a nationwide program that delivers Medline products in reusable totes instead of cardboard containers, helping to reduce the amount of corrugated cardboard within supply chains.

Waste-to-Energy Gloves Program

Gloves are known as a source of protection, but they can also be a source of energy. Our Waste-to-Energy Gloves Program transforms used exam gloves into clean, renewable energy.

Packaging waste: your frustration is our inspiration

Our quest to discover, innovate and improve sustainable practices is ongoing. And when it comes to packaging, we share your frustrations—from the amount of waste it generates to the space it takes up and the time needed to sort through it.

We launched a Sustainable Packaging Lab—a cross-functional team of R&D, sustainability, operations and design experts and engineers to reimagine the way we package our products for a more sustainable future. We’re off to a successful start and are excited for all of the new ideas to come. Explore our latest packaging innovations that are reducing waste not just across our own supply chain, but our partners’ as well.

Cold chain shipping

Cold chain packaging ensures products reach their destination at a set temperature, which is more important now than ever. Our previous cold chain packaging underutilized space and generated unnecessary waste. After review by the Sustainable Packaging Lab, previous delivery, shipping and storage methods were scrapped, and a sustainable and efficient design was introduced.

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Chipboard pallet sheets

The way we store product in our facilities can impact the amount of product that can be housed per branch, as well as our ability to deliver product on time. Our new chipboard pallet sheets not only save square footage and allow our team to better optimize warehouse space, but they are the right choice for the environment, too

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Choose green products to help protect the environment

Now more than ever, healthcare providers need new and innovative ways to lighten their environmental footprint. We’re here to help with eco-friendly products, designed to help reduce waste, conserve energy and protect the health and well-being of people and the planet.

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What we’re doing to make a difference

  • Minimizing fuel consumption in our transportation fleet
  • Streamlining deliveries and transportation services whenever possible
  • Implementing environmental management systems that meet global standards
  • Investing in clean sources of energy
  • Donating surplus product to clinics in need around the world
  • Participating in industry work groups to make more green products available throughout healthcare

4%

fewer emissions

per square foot of distribution, manufacturing and office space.

$12.6

million

invested in solar energy

105 MedTrans trucks

with more fuel efficient vehicles

105

MedTrans trucks

with more fuel efficient vehicles

2,156

pounds of gloves

converted to renewable energy since 2018

513

metric tons of waste diverted

from landfills

24,000+

solar panels

installed
globally

10 facilities

using renewable
sources of
energy

94% LEED-certified

94%

LEED-certified

distribution space

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How we’re helping to build a healthier, more sustainable future

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Sharing our progress

We hold ourselves accountable for our progress toward becoming a more sustainable company. Along with sharing data about our emissions, we track our environmental performance over time, and we’re committed to improving year over year. Check out our 2019 Social Responsibility Report for more details.

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Review our 2019 report

See how we’ve made a positive impact on our communities and the environment over the years.

2019 Social Responsibility Report
2018 Social Responsibility Report
2017 Social Responsibility Report

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References
1. “Waste” Practice Greenhealth. Accessed May 29, 2020. https://practicegreenhealth.org/topics/waste/waste-0.