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CooperSurgical Finds an Untraditional Partner to Help Reduce Plastic - Local Sheep

CooperSurgical Finds an Untraditional Partner to Help Reduce Plastic - Local Sheep

Published 07-20-22

Submitted by CooperCompanies

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One major contributor to plastic pollution in the healthcare sector is polystyrene,* which is used to ship items, such as invitro fertilization products, that need to be kept at low temperatures. In 2021, CooperSurgical shifted to an eco-friendly alternative in Australia and New Zealand called Woolpack. It is made from 100% discarded wool from sheep, that is then sterilized and wrapped in compostable insulation. It is reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable.

“We love Woolpack and so do our customers,” said Ingrid Hughes, Customer Experience Manager, CooperSurgical in Australia/New Zealand. “They take up less space, are easier to manage for our customers, and are better for the environment. Every step counts, and we are happy to be leading the way.”

Cooper has a strong track record of sustainable manufacturing and operations focused on areas in which it can make the greatest impact. Learn more about how the company is working to reduce its environmental footprint in its latest ESG Report:

*Blessy Joseph, Jemy James, Nandakumar Kalarikkal, Sabu Thomas, Recycling of medical plastics, Advanced Industrial and Engineering Polymer Research, Volume 4, Issue 3, 2021, Pages 199-208

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CooperCompanies ("Cooper") is a global medical device company publicly traded on the NYSE (NYSE: COO). Cooper operates through two business units, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. CooperVision brings a refreshing perspective on vision care with a commitment to developing a wide range of high-quality products for contact lens wearers and providing focused practitioner support. CooperSurgical is committed to advancing the health of women, babies and families with its diversified portfolio of products and services focusing on medical devices and fertility & genomics. Headquartered in San Ramon, CA, Cooper has a workforce of more than 12,000 with products sold in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit

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