What is medical devices sustainability?Medical devices are considered a huge field of use in healthcare, and PVC provides the best solution, due to its properties and high flexibility. The great advantages of this material are evident in terms of quality at a low cost, which has allowed the broader population access to safe, first-rate and affordable healthcare. But this is not enough. For us, medical devices sustainability also means environmental impact: the European PVC industry is committed to sustainable development throughout the whole value chain.
Committed to sustainable developmentThrough the VinylPlus® initiative, the European PVC industry is creating a long-term sustainability framework for the entire PVC value chain. It aims to:
Recycle 800,000 tonnes of PVC per year by 2020
Promote a sustainable use of additives
Improve PVC products sustainability and their contribution to sustainable development
Reduce progressively GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions as well as energy and resource consumption along the entire production chain
Move towards a low-carbon circular economy
Build sustainability awareness along the value chain and among stakeholders
The progress is monitored by an independent Monitoring Committee and documented by yearly Progress Reports that are independently audited and verified by third parties. The praise for the VinylPlus programme comes from a wide range of stakeholders, e.g. the European Commission which considers VinylPlus a frontrunner for circular economy. VinylPlus is registered as a SMART partnership on the UN Partnerships for SDGs platform and listed as a Good Practice on the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. Together with fiver other European plastics organisations, VinylPlus has recently launched Circularity Platforms aiming to reach 50% plastics waste recycling by 2040.