Environmental Stewardship

Being an environmental steward begins with our mission to provide the healthcare industry with sustainable products to minimize the negative ecological impact of delivering patient care. All of us at NewGen Surgical believe it is our responsibility to put our collective skills and experiences to work to find solutions for climate change, use of non-renewable natural resources, waste, and plastic production and pollution on behalf of those who are responsible for human health.

Product Stewardship

Much like the healthcare industry’s emphasis on wellness and prevention for optimal health, NewGen Surgical is doing the same for planetary health. The U.S. EPA states the most environmentally and cost-effective approach to waste is source reduction and reuse. Source reduction, also referred to as pollution prevention, means any practice that reduces or eliminates waste at the source. By reimaging and redesigning single-use disposable plastic products used every day through a sustainability lens, we can create products that both deliver clinical performance and reduce plastic production, disposal, and associated pollution.

Our plant-based medical devices and products:

  • Supports the use of sustainable, upcycled, and renewable materials
  • Reduces chemicals of concern
  • Reduces Scope 3 emissions
  • Reduces the use and dependence on fossil fuels
  • Reduces the volume of plastic waste

Our Smart Sustainable Design is applied throughout the product life cycle to include raw materials, manufacturing, supply chain, packaging, and disposal.

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  • Raw materials – Plant-based products are made with a post-agricultural by-product from a renewable source creating an upcycled feedstock.
  • Raw materials - All materials considered for a NewGen Surgical product are vetted against the green chemistry policy to be compliant with California Prop 65 and our own “do not use” list.
  • Manufacturing – Contract manufactures are ISO 14000 certified and conduct their operations according to the standard to minimize their impacts on the environment.
  • Packaging – From unit to shipping, all products are packaged with recyclable materials.
  • Hospital - NewGen Surgical products have a direct and measurable impact in reducing plastic waste and Scope 3 CO2e emissions from healthcare for greener operations.
  • Disposal - Plant-based material can biodegrade, rate dependent on disposal conditions.

Achieving Circular Economy Principles

NewGen Surgical’s plant-based products are made with bagasse, the post-agricultural by-product of a sugarcane harvest. Using this pulp fiber feedstock, NewGen Surgical is closing the loop on the sugarcane lifecycle through upcycling. Upcycling is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products for better environmental value. The reduction of new raw materials for new products results in a reduction of energy usage, air pollutionwater pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions – and plastic.

In addition, the sugarcane has a growth rate between two to three times a year to provide a tree-free renewable resource. CO2 emissions from the disposal of bagasse are less than the amount of CO2 absorbed by the growing of sugarcane plants making it an excellent alternative to petroleum-derived products.

Although our focus is on surgical products, our customers were also seeking solutions for their packaging waste. Millions of polystyrene foam trays are used for additional stability in procedure kits for assembly and distribution. Polystyrene foam is unable to be recycled and banned in some municipalities, and surgical teams were disheartened by the amount of clean – but hazardous - packaging they were adding to the landfill. Meeting a need of our customers and the greater industry, NewGen Surgical created the Product Kit Packaging Tray product line offering improved durability and strength when compared to polystyrene foam, a ridged surface for easier gathering of products, and the plant-based trays can be recycled with paper meeting zero waste goals.

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Responsible Consumption and Production

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. NewGen Surgical’s Smart Sustainable Design aligns with SDG #12 – Responsible Consumption and Production. This goal is about doing more and better with less, and decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency, and promoting sustainable lifestyles.

SDG #12 is a continuous loop of producer and consumer feedback, and producers go where the money flows. Hospitals with environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) policies use their sustainable procurement dollars to send a signal to the market to increase production on environmentally friendly products and services.

NewGen Surgical’s is committed to redesigning single-use plastic disposables that will:

  • Eliminate chemicals of concern and toxicity
  • Reduce energy and use of nonrenewable resources
  • Reduce the amount of plastic produced, used, and discarded
  • Reduce plastic waste going to landfill or incineration

And our growing customer list proves hospitals recognize the relationship of patient health and their community. Healthcare organizations are using their purchasing power to proactively opt for products and services that promote environmental sustainability and improved quality of life.

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Sustainable Procurement

What we buy has impact.

From the inception of NewGen Surgical, we have adopted business operations practices to support our commitment to the environment. Our EPP policy includes:

  • Environmentally friendly administrative products and services
  • Use of recycled and recyclable products
  • Responsible use of water, energy, and transportation
  • Local and sustainable catering
  • Eliminate use of single-use plastic products

NewGen Surgical uses the Smart Sustainable Design methodology for our commercial operations. We select like-minded vendors with environmental stewardship missions and commitments to a healthier planet to ensure sustainability is embedded in the supply chain. Our vendor policy includes:

  • Application of the Supply Chain policy with sustainable declarations
  • Application of the Green Chemistry policy
  • Validation of declarations from reputable third-party resources
What you buy has impact.

Climate Action

NewGen Surgical is committed to helping the healthcare industry eliminate 500 tons of plastic waste and reduce 1,000 metric tons of Scope 3 CO2e emissions by 2022 through innovative product design for a more sustainable approach for greener operations.

The Company We Keep

For each of us at NewGen Surgical, being an environmental steward not only means doing our part, but to part of the stakeholder community and conversations with thought leaders and drivers collaborating to find solutions for the climate crisis. We find inspiration across many associations as they address impacts to human and planetary health. Individually, and as a company, our employees attend, participate, and sponsor events with sustainable missions.

 

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Like a growing number of forward-thinking companies around the world, NewGen Surgical uses the four pillars of sustainability.

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People: Enhancing the health of communities in which we operate - patients, surgical staff, sustainability leaders, procurement, and healthcare stakeholders - all people effected by the environmental effects of plastic production and pollution.

Planet: Aiding and protecting our environment - it is our mission and our passion. We want to leave the world a better place for future generations.

Profit: By doing good we can also do well, financially. Companies need profitability to be commercially sustainable, but not at the expense of others or degradation of the environment.

Purpose: Putting our mission squarely in the center of everything we do results in a reduction of fossil fuel use and its damaging ecological impacts and supports the innovation and pioneers of sustainable materials.

 

Our success will be measured in context of how well we do in all areas Profitability, People, Planet, and Purpose.