SEBRA’S “GOING GREEN”

Posted January 22nd, 2010 in News

SEBRA announced today the company’s new corporate initiative of reducing its environmental impact through eco-friendly battery technology, RoHS compliant equipment, and recycledpackaging and printing materials.

The company will launch a new line of RoHS compliant sealers at the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) annual meeting next month. The RoHS compliant sealers include the new PocoTM Sealer, a small, battery operated hand held sealer which utilizes a NiMH battery and is produced on a completely RoHS compliant production line. SEBRA will also present the
prototype Auto Hand Held Sealer and new 2380XE power source which are equally earthconscious.

“Our new sealing technology is setting a new standard for decreasing environmental impact without compromising quality and performance,” said Renae Moomjian, the General Manager of SEBRA’s Biological Collection and Processing division. “The sealers incorporate small, lightweight and efficient power sources. They will improve our customers’ workflow through ease of use and ergonomics.”

The eco-friendly sealer technology has been under extensive research, development, and testing over the past three years with the additional goal of reducing the size and weight of SEBRA’s existing sealer offerings. Most recently, the safety and efficiency of the system has been established through regulatory agency testing, which resulted in the c-TUV-us and CE Mark approval of the Poco Sealer.

“Launching RoHS compliant sealers with green battery technology is a significant milestone for SEBRA and will provide our customers with a state-of-the-art option for sealing blood bag and apheresis tubing,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Roger Vogel. “We are committed to serving our customers and the planet by developing new innovations to lessen our environmental impact.”

SEBRA is taking additional steps toward “going green” by targeting its current packaging method for change. “We’re working to devise ways to minimize waste and maximize recycling without giving up any protective qualities,” said Moomjian. “Reducing the environmental impact of our products, packaging and energy needs is a goal we take very seriously.”

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive, commonly referred to as RoHS is a European Directive on certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic Equipment. It took effect on July 1, 2006 and specifically restricts the use of six hazardous materials.