Seegene Goes Green with Recyclable Shipping

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Seegene, a prominent South Korean enterprise specialising in comprehensive PCR molecular diagnostics, proudly unveiled its achievement in crafting 100% recyclable packaging for its diagnostic kits.

This pioneering step is aimed at reducing environmental waste and proactively aligning with the ever-evolving global environmental policies. It underscores Seegene's steadfast dedication to promoting sound environmental, social, and corporate governance practices as part of its ESG commitment.

The environmentally conscious shipping box created by Seegene boasts a composition comprising 12 paper layers, biodegradable films, recycled PET packaging, vacuum insulation panels, dry ice, and ice packs.

These materials are either fully renewable or have received "green" certification from esteemed organisations such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Ministry of Environment in Korea.

Each of Seegene's eco-friendly shipping boxes is designed to accommodate up to 24 kits, representing a 30% increase in capacity compared to the traditional Styrofoam packaging.

This expansion in loading capacity translates into a substantial reduction in transportation costs, up to 52%. More crucially, the box is capable of maintaining the required sub-4°C temperature for 140 hours, a 15% improvement over the existing packaging solution.

To ensure the packaging's quality meets the highest standards, Seegene's eco-friendly shipping box underwent a rigorous battery of seven performance tests in accordance with the International Safe Transport Association's (ISTA) 7D procedures.

It also successfully passed the performance assessment conducted by an accredited testing agency designated by the Korea Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (KOLAS). Seegene filed for a domestic patent for its eco-friendly shipping box in November 2022 and submitted an international application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on October 13.

Kim Sang-gyon, the team manager of Seegene's logistics operation team, emphasised, "Given the tightening global environmental regulations, adopting eco-friendly materials is not merely an option but a necessity for companies. To address this challenge, we introduced our eco-friendly shipping box last year, ensuring the optimal delivery of our products worldwide. It's fully recyclable and surpasses conventional Styrofoam shipping boxes in terms of efficiency. Initial feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive."

In recent times, governments worldwide have taken significant strides by enacting environmental regulations into law. The European Union (EU) and the United States, among others, have passed stringent measures to enhance environmental protection in line with directives such as the Supply Chain Act. Last October, the EU unveiled the Proposal Packaging and Packaging Waste (PPWR), which specifically targets the reduction of materials contributing to pollution, including Styrofoam.

A company representative remarked, "In our pursuit of a 'world free from all diseases,' Seegene recognises the imperative to collectively preserve the ecosystem and combat climate change through environmental safeguarding. We remain unwavering in our commitment to eco-friendly initiatives that resonate with our ESG philosophy, reflecting a consensus within society."

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Source: Seegene


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