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Actreen® self-catheters

A good choice for you and the environment

Over the past 50 years, ecological awareness has increased; Apart from global warming the next pressing issue is ocean pollution.[1] And this is where you can act for tomorrow.

Keep the ocean in mind
What do these figures have to do with your catheter usage?[6,7]

Eco design meets innovation

So it is up to you to decide on a catheter which is reliable and offers you the comfort you need. Discover with Actreen® a comfortable and easy-to-use catheterization[8] which can make your ecological footprint smaller.[9]

How do catheters impact your bathroom waste?

One of the measurable distinctions between Actreen® and other intermittent catheters is your reduced bathroom waste. Due to its eco-design, the product’s volume is noticeably reduced. Find out how big this difference really is.

Actreen® pouches

Another step towards more sustainability

You are active and on the road a lot and you don’t want to think about the supply of catheters. Therefore you receive a free pouch with every package of Actreen® in which you can easily carry your catheters. Because wherever you go, you want to be prepared – anytime.

Now B. Braun has taken another step towards making Actreen® greener and created a new generation of pouches. In contrast to the previous ones, they are now made of paper with a special PVC-coating and designed to be used multiple times, even in a wet environment.[11]
So, we have been able to reduce the pouches PVC content significantly and keep the pouches durable – for every version: 

Due to its low PVC content (compared to 100 percent PVC bags), this new generation of pouches marks our common path to a greener Actreen®.

Eco-awareness is in Actreen®'s DNA

The first product generation was developed in 2004 and has continually improved its ecological footprints.

[1] Wearden G.:More plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, says Ellen MacArthur. The Guardian. January 19, 2016. Accessed May 23, 2023.

[2] Ter Halle A., Perez E.: Plastic pollution at sea: the seventh continent, Encyclopedia of the Environment. February 7, 2019. [online ISSN 2555-0950] url : Accessed June 2, 2023

[3] National Geographic Society: Marine Pollution. May 20, 2022. Accessed June 6, 2023. 

[4] WWF Australia: The lifecycle of plastics. July 1, 2021. Accessed June 12, 2023

[5] Danopoulos E., Jenner L.C., Twiddy M., Rotchell J.M.: Microplastic Contamination of Seafood Intended for Human Consumption: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Environmental Health Perspectives 2020; 128(12): 1-32. Accessed June 19, 2023

[6] Groen J, Pannek J, Castro Diaz D, Del Popolo G, Gross T, Hamid R, Karsenty G, Kessler TM, Schneider M, 't Hoen L, Blok B.:Summary of European Association of Urology (EAU) Guidelines on Neuro-Urology. Eur Urol. February 2016; 69(2):324–33. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2015.07.071. Epub August 22, 2015. PMID: 26304502.

[7] Woodbury M.G., Hayes K.C., Askes H.K.: Intermittent catheterization practices following spinal cord injury: a national survey. Can J Urol. June 2008; 15(3):4065–71. PMID: 18570710.

[8] Rew M, Lake H..: A survey of short- and long-term pre-lubricated intermittent catheters. Br J Nurs. 2013 Oct 10-23;22(18):S12, S14-18. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2013.22.Sup18.S12. PMID: 24121768

[9] Bouton F.: Qualitative environmental comparison between: Actreen® Hi Lite & Mini ranges and the main European competitor catheters. EVEA fabrique de solutions durables. July 2020.

[10] Wang X., Hu S., Gui Y., Li G., Xu R.: Toughened High-Flow Polypropylene with Polyolefin-Based Elastomers. PolymersPolymers 2019, 11, 1976; doi:10.3390/polym11121976 

[11] Technical file B. Braun pouch: grammar of pvc per pouch. November 30, 2020