Sustainability

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EPOS

Traditional point-of-sale (POS) systems often come with a substantial reliance on paper – think of the countless receipts, invoices, and transaction records. The environmental implications of this are more significant than we might realise. The production and disposal of paper contribute to deforestation, increased carbon emissions, and more waste in our landfills. It’s a cycle that’s hard on the environment.

The good news is, with our new modern EPOS system, we offer an effective solution to this problem. Instead of piles of receipts and paperwork, EPOS systems provide electronic receipts and digital record-keeping.

A Greener Planet:
Traditional paper production necessitates the harvesting of trees, which leads to deforestation. The impact on the environment is profound, as it disrupts ecosystems, reduces biodiversity, and weakens our planet’s natural defences against climate change. By adopting EPOS systems and minimising our paper usage, we are directly contributing to the conservation of forests and cleaner air.

In the 12 months since we installed our new EPOS System, we have already saved over 2000 rolls of receipt paper.

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Healthmail

We have adapted to the new electronic transfer of prescriptions system, Healthmail, which drastically reduces the need for printed paper prescriptions.Not only has this reduced the use of papaer but has led to improved patient care and is Faster and more accurate dispensing for pharmacies.

Carrier and Prescription bags

While all of our current carrier and prescription bags are currently fully recyclable and plastic free, we are currently making the move to fully biodigradable and compostable bags. Biodegradable bags break down which means they get absorbed by the earth.

Compostable bags are much better for the environment.

Using compostable bags makes it much easier to recycle.

Using biodegradable products eliminates landfill and the breakdown of toxic gasses.

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LED Lighting

All new lighting in our stores and offices are fully LED. LED Lights have a smaller Carbon Footprint. Greenhouse gas emissions associated with the LED lights are considerably lower than conventional incandescent or fluorescent lights. According to careful calculations, one LED bulb, providing the same luminosity as one incandescent bulb emits 80% less greenhouse gases.

PouchPacs

In the last 12 months we have moved from traditional Blister Packing to the lastest technology in medicine packaging- The PouchPac. The PouchPac boxes and plastic packaging is 100% recycable and uses a minimum amount of plastic packaging.
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Medicine Disposal

Improper disposal of unused or expired medicine is widespread and results in significant environmental contamination and public health risks.

Medicines flushed via sinks and toilets enter sewage waters and risk leaking into freshwater systems. Conventional wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove pharmaceuticals, resulting in emissions into waterbodies in unchanged or metabolised form.
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The implications of improper disposal of unused or expired medicine are threefold. First, certain pharmaceuticals have been proven to cause adverse effects to ecosystems when entering environmental systems, including increased mortality in aquatic species and changes to physiology, behaviour or reproduction. The discharge of antibiotics can also lead to mutations in animals and the development of antimicrobial resistant bacteria. Second, there is a possible public health risk of accidental or intentional misuse and poisoning if unused medicine is extracted from public or private waste bins. Third, unused pharmaceuticals represent wasted healthcare resources and economic losses.

With this in mind, we participate in the return of unused and expired medication and ensure they are disposed of in a safe manner.