Healthcare contracting services company Novation is set to collaborate with healthcare sustainability leaders to reduce excess packaging and cardboard in US hospitals.

As part of the initiative, limited-life transport packaging materials, such as cardboard boxes, wood pallets and plastic film in hospitals, will be replaced with durable, reusable alternatives.

Under the initiative, Novation will help hospitals implement and sustain reusable transport packaging alternatives in both distributed and direct-from-supplier supplies, where possible.

Novation will help hospitals identify and overcome common hurdles with suppliers in their effort to introduce reusables.

The US-based company will also develop a toolkit for use by all hospitals keen to implement reusable transport packaging with their distributors and suppliers, and bring about awareness to the advantages and applicability of reusable transport packaging opportunities.

Novation senior clinical manager Jennifer WADDELL said the collaboration between the hospital and the distributor or supplier will only make it possible for a shift to reusable transport packaging.

"We firmly believe that efforts to reduce healthcare’s environmental footprint can not only have a direct, positive effect on patient and caregiver safety, but also can help hospitals reduce their overall costs," Waddell said.

Novation is working with PRACTICE GREENHEALTH and the Use Reusables campaign, a joint project of public agency StopWaste.Org and the Reusable Packaging Association, with financial aid from US EPA’s Climate Showcase Community programme, to help its members with the changeover.

Novation provides contract services for the not-for-profit hospitals, paediatric facilities and academic medical centres.