In a move designed to reduce the plastic pollution produced by the healthcare industry, supplements brand Cytoplan has switched to plastic-free packaging.

Its new biodegradable and compostable pots are made from natural and sustainable sugar cane and replace the previous recyclable plastic Cytoplan pots. Almost all products from the brand’s website are now encased in the sustainable packaging.

The change means the company will remove over 15 tonnes of future plastic from consumer circulation each year, equal to one million plastic pots in 2022, and Cytoplan says it has also made a ‘significant shift’ in how it delivers products to customers by committing to plastic-free shipping.

“Our philosophy at Cytoplan has always centred around working with nature and science to improve health and this is our next step in that journey, where we can take action to help protect the health of our planet too,” comments Cytoplan CEO Amanda Williams. “We have been committed to finding an eco-friendly solution to our recyclable supplement pots which also prioritizes long-term product integrity for some time. Research undertaken into other materials, such as glass, was not a viable solution due to the significant energy usage during both the manufacturing and transport process.

We have been committed to finding an eco-friendly solution … which also prioritizes long-term product integrity for some time

“We now source our raw material from surplus production of sugar cane from farmers in Southeast Asia, which in turn helps to stabilize sugar prices. In this way, food supply is not affected, and we make use of the surplus from sugar cane farming. This provides an ideal, natural and sustainable solution that, importantly, doesn’t compromise on product quality or integrity either.

“We are lucky to be based in the wonderful area of the Malvern Hills in the UK, and we only have to look out of the window here to see the beauty of nature and understand the importance of protecting it at all costs. We hope as an industry we can all come together and really make a difference by pledging to go plastic-free.”

This latest development follows a significant investment by Cytoplan in a new production facility at Malvern Link which will join its existing building in Hanley Swan to help meet increased demand.