The PillTime eco friendly pouches: Our journey to becoming a plastic free pharmacy
Love our medication service but concerned about the use of plastic packaging at PillTime? Worry no more.
The plastic issue has gotten a lot of press lately. This has meant that more of us are opening our eyes to the issue of sustainability and the issue of eco friendly pouches. Our actions have environmental repercussions. High-profile campaigns such as The last Straw and Save the Turtles have brought this to our attention in a big way. Almost daily, we get queries about whether we use plastic packaging or eco friendly pouches at PillTime. Our patients are conscious of the environment and want to make sure we share their values.
Contrary to popular concern, PillTime medication pouches are actually made from biodegradable cellulose. They will naturally decompose over time. We take pride in striving to be environmentally friendly. PillTime was made with our futures in mind. Read more about recycling your PillTime box here.
Saving the Planet, One Prescription at a Time
Our ethos is one of sustainability. We are conscientious in reducing waste- both from packaging and medication.
Medication waste is a huge problem in the NHS. Wasted medication alone costs the NHS more than £300 million every year. (1) Aside from draining NHS funds, this can have a harmful effect on the environment. Unused pills are often flushed down the toilet. In rare cases, this has the potential to contaminate water supplies.
PillTime’s tailored medication encourages proper medication management. Clearly labelled pouches reduce the likelihood of missed medication. This, in turn, helps the environment and the NHS.
The Online Effect
PillTime operates online, which means there’s no need for our patients to use paper scripts. Plus, we order and deliver you prescriptions for you. This helps to reduce carbon emissions. Think of your PillTime Box using a car share to get to you.
In answer to our popular patient FAQ: No, our pouches are not made of plastic. Wherever we can, we strive to make environmentally-friendly choices. We’re always trying to do what we can to promote sustainable living. If you have any suggestions for us, we’d love to hear them.
- (2010;341:c6799). Doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6799 Accessed: 21.08.18