Why plastics are a problem
Plastics are a threat to the oceans and to all living beings. There has never been as much plastic waste in circulation as there is today. The oceans have been particularly badly affected: Every two seconds, more than 1,000 kilograms of plastic lands in the water and causes further harm to the oceans.1
So worldwide, governments are striving to replace this material wherever possible. However, while it is easy to change from a plastic to a paper bag, it is difficult to exchange the materials in catheters for greener alternatives.
Current activities of the EU
In 2016, the EU began to work on the Strategy on Plastics in the Circular Economy. This was followed by more directives concerning single-use plastics. The overall situation has become more critical during the past few years. Therefore, the European Union took an important step in prohibiting member states from selling certain plastic products. Various countries including France, Italy and the Netherlands have already started to ban single-use plastics.2,3
This ban is aimed at products that are particularly often found as waste in the environment and for which there are alternatives on the market. Throughout Europe, single-use plastic will be banned at the latest from July 1, 2021.4
Intermittent catheters in use – a major source of waste5
Like many other medical products, catheters can only be used once. Every patient has to place an intermittent catheter about five times a day, which is why just as many catheters end up in the waste every day. The same applies to the patient’s stay in your facility after surgery or for rehabilitation. Therefore, the amount of litter affects them personally as well as your facility. Waste is a challenge for all of us.
Actreen® supports you in many ways
Benefit from Actreen® in every aspect
To better its waste ratio, Actreen® has already improved its recyclability: It is now made of TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin), which makes it the lightest product on the market.6 Since it consists of only three parts, including the packaging, it is particularly easy to recycle. A multifunctional packaging also contributes to environmental friendliness. Actreen® Hi-Lite Set for example generates 2.4 times less waste5 than the products of its competitors.7
Choosing Actreen® for your patients will help in three different ways:
- You recommend a convenient catheter.8
- Your actions will be sustainable and cause less environmental pollution.7
- Your facility will generate less waste, which means lower disposal costs.9
Every benefit reflects on your decision
Focus on your patient's well-being
Actreen® is convenient in use. Your patients will benefit from convenient and easy catheterization.8 This has the advantage that your patients can focus on their rehabilitation instead of spending too much time on strenuous catheterization processes.
Think of the environment
Actreen® is the eco alternative. Improving your waste management is also a lot easier with Actreen®. Compared to competitor products, Actreen® has the best environmental performance in terms of production, packaging, recyclability and its low weight. Using a catheter which produces less waste is better for the environment and it also saves money in terms of waste management.7,9
Save your facility money
Actreen® is a great way to decrease your expenses. An assessment of waste generation rate data from around the world shows that about 0.5 kilos per bed and day is produced in hospitals, but this number varies enormously depending on the local context and the regional differences. In France, an average hospital bed generates about 3 kilos per day which adds up 1,000 kilograms per year. 25 percent of the waste caused by hospitals is plastic.10,11 This high amount of waste can be reduced. It might seem as if catheters are only a small part of this volume, but see for yourself how high the difference is.
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Actreen®'s difference in terms of disposal costs and waste
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A win-win situation
So while your main focus is on helping people, why not help in other ways as well? Your choice makes a difference: By recommending Actreen®, you do something positive for the environment and also for your hospital’s budget.7,9
If you take factors such as patients’ well-being, ecological aspect, economical savings into account, Actreen® is a great choice.7,9 Now is the time to act for tomorrow, give your patient a great product and save your facilty money.
Choose Actreen® and safe plastic – for your patients, your facility and the environment.8,9
Let’s act now for tomorrow – with Actreen®!
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1. https://www.nationalgeographic.fr/le-plastique-en-10-chiffres (03.07.2020)
4. Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019
5. Block B. et al. EAU Guidelines in Neuro-Urology. Neuro Urology, March 2016.
6. Xiong Wang and al. Toughened High-Flow Polypropylene with Polyolefin-Based Elastomers, Polymers (Basel). 2019 Dec; 11(12): 1976. doi: 10.3390/polym11121976 page 2
7. F. Bouton EVEA, 16 May 2017. Environmental comparison between Actreen® Hi-Lite range and competitor products. External Report. Data on file.
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, S14-8. doi:
9. https://solidarites-sante.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/Guide_Dasri_BD.pdf page 28 (access date on 30.10.2020)
11. Lee BK and al. Analyses of the recycling potential of medical plastic wastes Article in Waste Management 22(5):461-70 · February 2002 with 3,174 Reads DOI: 10.1016/S0956-053X(02)00006-5 ·