Albertsons pharmacies are transitioning from the traditional white prescriptions bags to a new recycled brown bag at more than 1,700 locations across the US. The switch to the more sustainable bag is expected to save more than 5,000 trees annually.
Made with 100 percent recycled content, the new bags include 60 percent post-consumer recycled content, making Albertsons the first major pharmacy chain to offer this type of bag. The fiber in the new bag is certified to meet the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards for recycled content and is Rainforest Alliance Certified.
“Changing something like a prescription bag can seem like a small decision, but if we can support the health of our planet as well as the health of our patients, we’ll gladly do it,” said Mark Panzer, SVP of Pharmacy Health and Wellness. “We look at this move as something that positions us as a leader not only in performance and innovation, but also in environmental responsibility,” Panzer said. “We hope other pharmacies follow our lead.”
“When companies ask for more sustainable options, we’re fortunate to be in a position to provide choices,” said Erik Gonring, Novolex’s Director of Sustainability. “Albertsons’ leadership will set the tone for others and demonstrated their commitment to responding to consumers’ preferences for packaging choices that consider environmental impact,” Gonring said.
The bags highlight additional pharmacy services offered to patients such as vaccinations, specialty care, auto refill and the pharmacy app. The new bags are 100 percent recyclable and have the words ‘recycle me’ printed on the side panel.