LABORATOIRE SUISSE’S ENVIRONMENTAL APPROACH

 

Knowing that health is in part derived from a cleaner environment, Laboratoire Suisse is proud to engage in a genuine environmental approach. Our objective is to enrich our offering to consumers by continuing to provide them with high quality products while also doing more to protect the environment. Therefore, we have been reflecting on all aspects of our activities and actions that can be undertaken to reduce our ecological footprint. As such, we want to be at the forefront as an eco-responsible leader in the field of natural health products.
Our environmental approach focuses on 3 key areas: ecological packaging, local manufacturing and continuous improvement. We are committed to reaching specific targets by 2025 and have already taken concrete actions to achieve them as outlined below.

Ecological packaging

Whether they are made of cardboard, plastic or glass, packaging plays a crucial role in maintaining the quality of our products. While most of our packaging is recyclable*, we are committed to reducing the amount of packaging, using more sustainable materials to produce them, and facilitating their post-consumption recycling, all as part of our environmental approach.

* Where facilities exist.

Laboratoire Suisse is proud to launch new bottles made from 100% recycled materials, among the first in Canada’s natural health products sector. As these new bottles are gradually introduced to the market, we will reach a 50 % proportion of our products being marketed in packaging made from recycled materials by the end of 2021. We want to give more value to consumers who are not only concerned about their health, but also about their environmental impact. Our new eco-friendly packaging complies with pharmaceutical standards applicable to natural health products as defined by Health Canada, thus ensuring and preserving the quality of our products.

Local manufacturing and packaging

There are many benefits to encouraging local manufacturing and packaging. Environmentally speaking, it reduces transportation and GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions, among other things. As a proud Canadian company, we support local manufacturing and packaging as a way to stimulate job creation and Canada’s economic vitality. Many Laboratoire Suisse supplements and natural health products are in fact packaged in our Boucherville facilities. Moreover, whenever possible, we select local suppliers, as is the case for our new eco-friendly bottles made from recycled and recyclable materials.

Continuous Improvement

Being an eco-responsible leader means we are always seeking to do better. Our environmental approach is part of an internal process of continuous improvement. We are constantly looking for new ways to reduce our environmental footprint. For example, we are exploring ways to improve our energy efficiency and to reduce our waste. We are also attentive to our partners, consumers and their expectations towards being an eco-responsible company.

 

Our commitment for 2025:

  • Commercializing 75% of our products in packaging made from recycled materials
  • Removing cardboard boxes for all products already packed in a plastic bottle
  • Selecting, whenever possible, suppliers with sustainable material certifications for our cardboard packaging (e.g. FSC-certified/Forests For All Forever) or packaging made of compostable materials.
  • Structuring our approach: by forming a multi-sectoral committee responsible for identifying potential ways to raise our position as an eco-responsible leader in the field of natural health products (as of 2021); by releasing a first environmental report (by 2023); and by developing a sustainable development strategy (by 2025).

Find this logo on our website to see what products are already
available in bottles made from 100% recycled materials.

Questions and Answers

Why launching this new packaging now?
We are concerned about the impact of plastic waste on the environment, so we wanted to take a concrete measure to address this issue and do our part to preserve the environment. We are proud to be among the first brands of natural health products to engage in an authentic environmental approach and we hope to inspire other companies to follow suit.
What products will be available in this new packaging?
By the end of 2021, 50% of our products will be offered in these new packaging including:

  • Probiotic 1 Billion, 3 strains – Daily formula, 90 capsules
  • Probiotic 12 Billion, 7 strains – Complete formula, 90 capsules
  • Probiotic 20 Billion, 6 strains – Strong formula, 70 capsules
  • Probiotic 50 Billion, 9 strains – Extra Strong formula, 50 capsules
  • Probiotic Senior, 6 strains – Formula adapted for 50 years and over, 50 capsules
  • Florabile Economic Size, 100 tablets
  • Devil’s Claw, 100 capsules
  • Probiotic Women, 2 strains – Formula adapted for the women, 50 capsules
  • Melatonin maximum strength, 90 capsules
  • Melatonin regular, 150 tablets
  • Vitamin D maple, 150 chewable tablets
How to recognize which bottles are made of recycled plastic?
The ECO logo and the words “Bottle made from recycled materials” are visible on the cap of each bottle made from 100% recycled materials.
What percentage of the bottle is made of recycled plastic?
We are proud to offer bottles made from 100% recycled materials.
Where new bottles are manufactured?
According to our environmental approach, we prioritize local suppliers.  We are therefore proud to collaborate with a Quebec provider to supply us with these bottles made from recycled materials.
Are these new bottles safe to use?
Absolutely! Our new, more eco-friendly packaging complies with pharmaceutical standards put in place by Health Canada for natural health products to ensure and preserve the quality of our products. Moreover, our new bottles are made of plastic resins in compliance with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines. These resins come exclusively from post-consumer HDPE plastic from food product bottles, such as milk, water or juices. These bottles do not originally contain any bisphenol A (BPA), and no BPA is introduced as an additive during recycling. Besides, no toxic chemicals or conflict minerals are used in the manufacturing or the distribution process of this recycled plastic. Throughout the entire process, our products never get in contact with any major known allergens*. *Milk and dairy products, peanuts and peanut products, wheat and wheat products, fish, shellfish, soy and soy products, eggs and egg products, food colouring, nuts, mustard, celery, sesame seeds, latex, sulphites and sulphur.
Are the new bottles recyclable?
Yes, our new eco-friendly container is made of 100% recycled materials and is also recyclable*. * Where facilities exist.
Why not offer all Laboratoire Suisse products in packaging made of recycled materials?
We are proud to introduce these new bottles made from recycled materials and launch our environmental approach. This is a first step in making our packaging more sustainable. In fact, we will be forming a multi-sectoral committee responsible for identifying potential ways to raise our position as an eco-responsible leader in the field of natural health products. By 2025, our goal is to commercialize 75% of our products in packaging made from recycled materials.
How does Laboratoire Suisse support local manufacturing and packaging?
As a proud Canadian company, we support local manufacturing and packaging as a way to stimulate job creation and Canada’s economic vitality. Besides packaging many of our supplements and natural health products in our Boucherville facilities, we prioritize local suppliers whenever possible.