As you know, David Attenborough is encouraging us all to reduce our use of single use plastic bottles and save our seas.
Whilst we immediately think of water bottles, we think it applies to all plastic bottles; including those used for oral nutritional supplements. Have you ever considered how many ONS in plastic bottles patients use?
One patient on two a day for a month is 56 or 560 a year. 100 patients is 5,600! That doesn’t include those binned because they’re unused.
As a direct result, we believe it is our responsibility as manufacturers of high use products, to constantly review what we do and search for ways to minimise our environmental impact.
Our biggest contribution to minimising impact is to use sachets for our oral nutritional supplements for dysphagia – Slõ Milkshakes+. Sachets don’t use heavy – multiple manufacturing processes.
Slõ Milkshakes+ sachets are made from laminate film which is produced on machines that are tiny in comparison to those needed to make bottles. Once printed our film travel less than 40 miles to our Manufacturing facility, where it is converted into a sachet and our Slõ Milkshakes+ powders are deposited into it. The finished Slõ Milkshakes+ are then shipped to where they are needed. Being powders they are Incredibly light to ship.
Having found a way to reduce our environmental impact before use, we must keep it to a minimum after use. The sachets can therefore be recycled, where facilities exist, and NOT sent to landfill.
Ultimately, this eliminates the need pre-thickened ONS in bottles, reduces the issues caused by bottles and makes for a lower CO2 footprint.
One of the small things we do, you can’t see, which make a big difference and think David would like.
If you want to help David’s cause and reduce the use of bottles used for ONS, you can find more about our Slõ Milkshakes+ here