Tyvek: From the Point of View of Sustainability

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Ever since the introduction of Tyvek more than 40 years ago by DuPont, a chemical company, the world of medical packaging has significantly advanced. For the past years, Tyvek has helped greatly in protecting millions of healthcare patients all over the world. Tyvek has helped the healthcare industry by thoroughly maintaining the sterility of medical devices through its packaging. And of course, like all other packaging, Tyvek is also printed on with labels. Printers, like that of Doranix’ products, are used to effectively label tyvek packaging materials.

The Material

Tyvek has actually been recognized and regarded as the standard of excellence in the world of healthcare packaging. With that, Tyvek has not only been used for sterile healthcare packaging but also for both sterile and non-sterile pharmaceutical packaging. Needless to say, in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, Tyvek packaging is made sure to meet the quality standard and the extensive requirements.

Medical and pharmaceutical packaging using Tyvek promises durability. What’s even better is that this synthetic material is compatible with many methods of sterilization. Tyvek also provides the highest microbial barrier among all breathable and sterile packaging materials .

The wonderful characteristics of Tyvek that ensure the breathability and the highest microbial barrier truly helps ensure that the healthcare devices which are sterile, to begin with, remain sterile throughout their lifespan. Furthermore, Tyvek is compatible with sterilization methods that include gamma, steam, electron-beam and even ethylene oxide. That being said, it is no wonder why Tyvek has been trusted by most pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

In addition to what makes Tyvek the favorite of the industry is how it promotes sustainability. Yes, it has a positive impact in the world’s environmental aspect.

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The Sustainability

Not only is Tyvek perfect for keeping medical devices as sterile as they can be, Tyvek also contributes in enhancing efforts of sustainability through the following:

  • Tyvek can be recycled.

Because Tyvek is made up of HDPE or high-density Polyethylene, it can be recycled through proper recycling facilities and/or programs. Usually, Tyvek is recycled into lawn furniture.

  • Tyvek can be disposed safely.

In cases of inability of being recycled and the necessity of being thrown into landfills, the wonderful characteristics of Tyvek material makes sure that harmful compounds will not find its way to groundwater.

  • Tyvek reduces material use and waste.

Because of the durability and strength of Tyvek, unique and even sharp-edged medical devices are still protected with only the use of few Tyvek materials. With its strength and resistance to puncture and tearing, Tyvek ensures that it serves its purpose well by protecting and maintaining the sterility of the materials from the time it was packaged until such time that it has to be used; this helps in reducing waste.

  • Tyvek can be used as fuel.

Tyvek can actually be safely incinerated with only water and carbon-dioxide emitted. It does not leave any residue. Moreover, Tyvek can serve as fuel, offering energy value as much as oil’s and twice as much as coal’s.