Lactips joins the UN Global Compact

As a signatory member of the United Nations Global Compact, Lactips joins the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship and sustainability initiative, which was established in 2000 and now has over 14,000 participants and stakeholders from more than 161 countries.

Why Lactips is involved in ?

This approach reflects the vision developed since the Lactips’ inception and reinforces the idea that responsible operation of the economy is part of the DNA of Lactips, which strives to develop new ecological packaging solutions and to support the transformation of industries with manufacturing processes adapted to their production lines.

Marie-Hélène Gramatikoff, CEO and co-founder of Lactips said : This supports our vision, built around a vision of an economy that is more respectful of the environment and human health. Our goal is to develop the planet’s greenest plastic.  More than ever, our industries need new solutions to reduce the environmental impact of plastics. Since our company’s inception, we believe that operating responsibly is part of our identity. We want to go further, demonstrating that our disruptive material can be part of the solution, acting responsibly, with our people, and with a sustainable product portfolio management.”

 

What is the UN Global Compact ?

The United Nations Global Compact is leading global-local impact initiatives to embed SDG-aligned practices deep into business operations and across the value chain to accelerate progress and impact for the 2030 Agenda.

Available to participating companies of the UN Global Compact, Global Impact Initiatives are run in close collaboration with Global Compact Local Networks and are designed with a view to generating behavior change across a large number of companies at the local level – achieving maximum impact and scale.

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Lactips is member of European Plastics Pact

Lactips, as part of its sustainable strategy, has become member of The European Plastics Pact. The Pact is a frontrunner initiative, bringing together leading countries and private organisations from the entire plastics value chain and from across the European Economic Area.

What is the European Plastics Pact?

The European Plastics Pact has set ambitious common targets and aims to encourage cross border connection, cooperation, innovation and harmonisation at the European level, in order to bring a circular economy for plastic in Europe.

The Plastics Pact network was created as part of the New Plastics Economy, an Ellen MacArthur Foundation initiative. It is a unique platform that brings together businesses, governments, innovators, NGOs, and citizens on a national or regional level to work towards ambitious targets and build a plastics system that works.

What are the ambitions of the European Plastics Pact?

To tackle plastics waste and pollution at the source, we need to fundamentally rethink the way we produce, use and reuse plastics. No single organisation or individual can do this on its own. It requires a systemic shift, involving collective action by businesses from across the plastics value chain, governments, and civil society.

For plastic packaging, the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has united more than 400 organisations from across the global plastics packaging value chain behind a common vision of a circular economy for plastics.

Participants of the European Plastics Pact commit themselves by 2025 to:

  • Reusability and recyclability: Design all plastic packaging and single-use plastic products placed on the market to be reusable where possible and in any case recyclable by 2025;
  • Responsible use of plastics: Move towards a more responsible use of plastic packaging and single-use plastic products, aiming to reduce virgin plastic products and packaging by at least 20% (by weight) by 2025, with half of this reduction coming from an absolute reduction in plastics;
  • Collection, sorting and recycling: Increase the collection, sorting and recycling capacity by at least 25 percentage points by 2025 and reach a level that corresponds to market demand for recycled plastics;
  • Use of recycled plastics: Increase the use of recycled plastics in new products and packaging by 2025, with plastics using companies achieving an average of at least 30% recycled plastics (by weight) in their product and packaging range.

How Lactips is involved in?

Lactips develops, produces, and sells the only plastic-free polymer. As a leading provider of bioplastic industrial solutions, Lactips can genuinely contribute to the achievement of the European Plastics Pacts goals. Lactips innovative, high-quality, 100% bio-based, compostable and biodegradable material is an effective and eco-friendly alternative to many traditional plastics. Lactips solutions also improve the recyclability of numerous packaging.

Lactips will participate in the working groups and help improve solutions to quickly progress with the use of responsible packaging and recyclability of plastics to support the transformation of the European market and to provide an answer to present and future environmental challenges faced by industries.

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Laundry bags for sanitary prevention : how Lactips’ efficient solution fights COVID-19 ?

COVID-19 is changing significantly the way we behave, the way we interact and the way we protect ourselves, especially at work. Occupational risk prevention measures are right now in the spotlight, even more if we talk about hospital, nursing homes and other health institutions where COVID-19 is highly present or where its consequences can be devastating.

Many infectious diseases have the capacity to spread within care establishments, where large numbers of people, many of whom may be susceptible to infection, share eating and living accommodation. More than 19.000 elderly people have died in nursing homes only in Spain due to COVID-19. The provision of clean linen is a fundamental requirement of care. Incorrect handling, laundering and storage of linen can pose an infection hazard. All reasonable steps should be taken to protect residents and staff from acquiring infections in care homes. Infected linen from patients with or suspected of suffering from infections specified by the infection control officer as hazardous to staff should be treated according to guidelines of Disease Control and Prevention. Several guidelines were already published and some more are being published with specific focus on COVID-19.

According to these guidelines, linen should be separated into categories ready for decontamination, negating the need for additional handling within the laundry. Linen should be divided into different categories ready for decontamination; many care homes currently use water-soluble/alginate bag liners within cotton sacks in a wheeled trolley to aid this separation, keeping linen off the floor before taking the bags to the laundry[1].

Three categories should be used, these can be colour coded[1].

  • Used linen and clothing – white cotton sack. Soiled linen should be placed into a clear, water-soluble/alginate bag, clothing into a separate water-soluble bag, within a white cotton sack.
  • Heavily soiled/infected linen – red cotton sack. Heavily soiled items should have any solids removed prior to being placed into a red, water-soluble/alginate bag within a red cotton sack. Infected linen includes linen with blood or other body fluids present that could contain pathogenic organisms.
  • Clothing and heat-labile linen – off white cotton sack. This should be placed into a clear, water-soluble/alginate bag within a cotton sack. Heavily soiled clothing should be placed into a red, water-soluble/alginate bag. Manual soaking/sluicing must never be carried out. The pre-wash/sluice cycle in the washing machine should be used after removing any solids.

According to NHS Executive guidelines, HSG (95) 18 – Hospital Laundry Arrangements for Used and Infected Linen, it is recommended that infected linen should be washed in designated washer extractors. It is most important that linen likely to infect staff should be put immediately into a water-soluble bag or bag with a water-soluble stitched seam or membrane which will release its load in the wash process and which is sealed with an appropriate soluble tie and labelled as to its origin[2].

The washing process should have a disinfection cycle in which the temperature in the load is maintained at 65°C (150°F) for not less than 10 minutes or preferably at 71°C (160°F) for not less than 3 minutes. With both options, “mixing time” must be added to ensure heat penetration and assured disinfection. There must be a physical barrier between clean and used or infected linen, when carried on a vehicle at the same time. No bag of linen that is not securely fastened should be placed in a vehicle[2].

According to the Health Technical Memorandum 01-04: Decontamination of linen for health and social care, infectious linen should be sealed in a water-soluble bag, which should then be placed in an impermeable bag immediately on removal from the bed or before leaving a clinical department[3].

  • Water-soluble bags are also recommended for heavily fouled linen if capable of being processed by the washer and if agreed with the linen processor.
  • Water-soluble bags should be transferred to the designated washer without opening, followed by any washable, reusable laundry outer bag, which should be washed in a similar fashion.
  • In future, easy-emptying bags or automatic bag opening equipment may offer an alternative to water-soluble bags. If easy-emptying bags or an automated procedure is adopted, a bag handling procedure should be used that :
    • Minimises manipulation of the bag and prevents exposure of staff to the infectious linen prior to decontamination ;
    • Is fully automated for washer loading ;
    • Incorporates equipment that is capable of being adequately disinfected ; and
    • Requires any outer bag to be decontaminated before disposal or reuse.
  • It is not acceptable for staff to manually open bags containing infectious linen.
  • All linen identified as infectious should be placed in a red water-soluble bag.

March 27th AFNOR published the “Masques barrières. Guide d’exigences minimales, de méthodes d’essais, de confection et d’usage” in this guideline, recommendations for the use of masks, including usage and washing are published[4]:

  • It is recommended before washing the masks to clean your washing machine, by carrying out a cold rinse with bleach or to run it empty at 60° C or 95° C without spinning.
  • The complete washing cycle (wetting, washing, rinsing) must be at least 30 minutes with a washing temperature of 60° C.
  • It is recommended that the barrier mask is completely dried within less than two hours after leaving the wash. Masks must not dry in the open air.
  • The masks should be discarded in a bin with a plastic bag (preferably with cover and not manually operated). Double packaging is recommended to preserve the contents of the first bag in case of tearing of the outer bag, during collection.
  • A water-soluble bag can be used in order to limit the contact of people with dirty masks during the washing phase if the mask allows it.

In this sense, water soluble bags or soluble liners that allow the bag to release the laundry without manipulating it, can be indeed an efficient solution to minimize risks in laundry operations. Lactips’ material offers the solution to stop pandemic and adopt the unique anti-infectious laundry bags adapted to the sanitary needs of users.

Validated by hospitals, Lactips designed a preventive bag to secure the handling of infected linens and limit the risk of contamination in the laundry processing channel. Push by authorities and stakeholders of the sector, Lactips sells today the unique laundry bags with soluble opening available in Europe. Put directly in the machine, the soluble opening disappears totally on contact with cold and hot water releasing the linen from the bag during the washing cycle and without leaving any sticky residues. Based on 100% natural ingredients, Lactips material addresses sanitary and ecological challenges reducing the use of single use linen and prefering biobased and fully biodegradable solution to protect humans and save environment.

Video “Good practice guide for hospital laundries to prevent contamination risks”

For more information, contact our team.

 

[1] Infection control guidance for care homes

[2] NHS Executive guidelines, HSG (95) 18 – Hospital Laundry Arrangements for Used and Infected Linen

[3] Health Technical Memorandum 01-04: Decontamination of linen for health and social care

[4] AFNOR SPEC S76 001

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