In such a situation, Shionogi is striving to restrict waste generation and promote the reuse and recycling of resources based on its EHS policy, as it uses and disposes of numerous resources as raw materials of pharmaceutical products and research materials. With regard to plastics, Shionogi is promoting appropriate disposal and reduction in the amount of plastics used for products.
[Risk and opportunities]
Strategies for the reuse and recycling of plastic waste
3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) initiative concerning containers and packaging materials
|Reduce||Change of material of trays(from plastic to paper)||All drugs provided in ampoules, vials and tubes|
|Change of thickness of eye drop containers (made thinner)||All eye drops|
|Change of thickness of PTP packaging materials (made thinner)||Flomox tablets|
|Discontinuation of use of plastic cushioning materials for bottles||Irbetan tablets, etc.|
|Inscription of plastic container/packaging material identification marks||All products|
|Adoption of mechanically recycled PET film||Intuniv tablets|
||Biomass bottles||Cymbalta capsules, Irbetan tablets, Pirespa tablets|
Shionogi uses biomass bottles (plant-derived polyethylene bottles) for Cymbalta capsules, Irbetan tablets and Pirespa tablets.
Biomass bottles are packaging containers made of polyethylene derived from materials left over in sugarcane processing. A switch from conventional petroleum-derived polyethylene bottles to biomass bottles reduces CO2 emissions and conserves fossil fuel resources (6 tons-CO2 reduced in FY 2018).
Since our biomass bottles are more than 90% made of sugarcane-derived polyethylene, they conform to the standards established by the Japan BioPlastics Association for biomass plastic identification labeling (the product container bears the label shown in the photo).
Biomass plastic identification labeling
Biomass plastic products are those that contain organic (such as plant-derived) materials in excess of a specified percentage as their plastic component. The Japan BioPlastics Association certifies products that meet the criteria and permits them to bear the mark.
Mechanically recycled PET film
Shionogi uses mechanically recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) film in the packaging (aluminum bags) of Intuniv tablets (production commenced in FY 2019). Mechanically recycled PET film is taken from used PET bottles, which are broken into pieces, cleansed, and subjected to high-temperature decompression treatment. The replacement of virgin PET film in the outermost layer of the aluminum bags with mechanically recycled PET film results in reduced CO2 emissions and fossil fuel conservation, while maintaining the quality of the packaged products.
Prevention of illegal dumping
Reuse and recycling of product containers and packaging materials
|Containers and packaging materials used||Amount consigned for reuse/recycling|
Resource Conservation and Waste Treatment
In-house reuse/recycling of resources
Environmental pollution caused by marine plastic waste has become a major global issue. Since plastic waste generated overland can flow into the sea, carried by rain and wind via rivers, Shionogi personnel at the respective operating sites participate in clean-ups along the surrounding roads, removal of illegal posters, and other such initiatives organized in the local communities.