This is the  way, and it is how we help build a positive future through responsible, futureproof healthcare products and solutions. 

Our mission is to develop responsible healthcare solutions focused on lowering the environmental impact while heightening quality for patients and caregivers.

We always consider utilizing innovative processes and raw materials that enable us to reach our goals. We also hold each and every Embra®product to strong ethical codes, and to quality reviews throughout its entire value chain.

This is the Embra® way. It’s our way of caring for patients, caregivers and the future.


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Enviromental Policy

At Evercare Medical we strive to reduce our environmental impact and improve our sustainability performance, across our entire value chain by:

  • Analyzing, measuring and reducing the emissions in line with Science Based Targets and Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
  • Understanding product emissions throughout the lifecycle and embed a sustainable thinking in the design of our products and solutions.
  • Actively drive the sustainability agenda with our suppliers, customers and other stakeholders.
  • Raising awareness across the organization and external stakeholders about sustainability and how to impact emissions.
  • Continuously improve our Environmental Management System and remain compliant with laws and regulations.

 

At Evercare Medical we care for a sustainable future every day.


Embra® – Caring for the future

Embra, derived from the word “embrace” stands for a clear commitment to embrace both environmental and social sustainability.

The Embra® mission is to develop responsible healthcare solutions focused on lowering environmental impact while delivering quality for patients and caregivers. In this way, we believe that we will make a real and positive difference in the world.

Embra represents the most ambitious standards within Evercare Medical. Our goal is to be the benchmark brand for sustainability, uncompromising quality and long-term return on investment.

The UN Paris agreement on climate change has committed the world to cutting emissions in half already by 2030 and being carbon neutral by 2050. Hence, we are determined to work hard now.

We will realise our mission by continuously finding both the raw materials and innovative production processes that help us achieve a lower environmental impact. Plus, we also hold every Embra® product to strong ethical codes and quality reviews throughout the entire value chain.


The Embra® Way

We have established that a Embra® product must meet either one or more of the following criteria, in order to be included in the Embra brand portfolio:

  • At least 20% CO2 reduction compared to other similar Evercare Medical products in terms of quality and/or functionality.
  • More than 50% recycled material: moving from virgin materials to other reusable sources.
  • Minimum 70% material from a renewable source, including both product and first level packaging.
  • Re-usable products, our goal is to become more circular by creating more reusable products.
  • External certification. Products that fulfil the criteria set by a select list of internationally recognised environmental certification bodies.

 

Currently the list includes:

  • ’Bra miljöval,’ (the Swedish ’Good Environmental Choice’ label)
  • EU Ecolabel – an independent body controlled by ISO 14024
  • The Nordic Swan Ecolabel (Svanenmärkt) – a counterpart to the EU Ecolabel.

This set of criteria is the framework for what we call Embra® Way.

It guides our work and it is how we help build a positive future through responsible, futureproof healthcare products and solutions.


Cornerstones of the Embra® way

  • Strong ethical code
  • Transparency throughout the value chain
  • Responsibly designed products
  • Use of innovative production processes and raw materials.


The UN’s Sustainability Goals is the framework for our progress.

The UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development is ”a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and planet, now and in the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals”. Every Embra® product is directly linked to one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Aiming to make a sustainable difference and create better health for all

Evercare Medical is a part of Asker Healthcare Group, which builds and acquires leading companies that make a positive difference in the European healthcare ecosystem by providing safe and high-quality medical supplies, devices and equipment. All companies in the group have a holistic and inclusive approach to sustainability, taking responsibility for a fair and more sustainable value chain.

Evercare medical aims to offer a best-in-class portfolio in terms of quality and sustainability. With over 2,800 products in 33 different product groups, our mission is to support the healthcare sector in improving patient outcomes and reducing the total cost of care. Simultaneously, we work with our suppliers to ensure more sustainable practices throughout the value chain.

Our suppliers and manufacturers are carefully selected to ensure they share our view and meet our high requirements in terms of quality, the environment and social responsibility. All products undergo a comprehensive quality control process with extensive quality reviews, including regular inspections of production facilities and randomized audits.


Embra® Apron Bosco Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made from 70% sugarcane ethanol, Embra® aprons provide the same high standards of performance as our other SELEFA® Bosco aprons but with a lower CO2 footprint. In fact, a life-cycle analysis (LCA)* shows that CO2 emissions from Embra® aprons are at least 20% lower than from our SELEFA® aprons.

 

In addition, sugarcane grows back. It’s a renewable material and lessens the burden on the world’s finite resources. We know that there is more to be done in order to achieve net-zero but the Embra® apron is a positive step in the right direction.

 

*The LCA was conducted in accordance with the internationally recognised greenhouse gas (GHG) protocols. The LCA has been reviewed by the Climate Neutral Group.

 

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Embra® Garbage Bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Embra® garbage bag is made from 50% recycled plastic in order to reduce its impact on the environment. With microplastics covering the planet and polluting our seas and oceans, the more recycled plastic used the better.

 

The predecessor to this bag was made from 100% virgin plastic. We have opted not to go beyond 50% recycled material at this stage to continue producing a bag that is thin, light and yet strong enough to handle large amounts of day-to-day rubbish.

 

The bag is designed with a star seal bottom giving extra strength to the bag but also providing room at the bottom so that it fits neatly into most dustbins, eliminating leaks and ensuring the rubbish is evenly distributed around the bag.

 

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Embra® Headwear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approximately 80% of the raw materials used in the Embra range of surgical headwear come from viscose, which comes from a renewable source. The viscose comes from wood pulp extracted from trees in FSC-certified (forest stewardship council) forests. In other words, this material grows back sustainably. The more materials used from renewable sources, the more we reduce our reliance on oil-based materials like polyester.

 

High-performance comfortable headwear

In addition, viscose is soft, breathable and drapes easily making it comfortable to wear. The high-performance Embra® surgical headwear has been tested and found to meet the demanding requirements for safety as well as comfort, breathability and even skin irritability and toxicity.

 

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Embra® Nonwoven Swabs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embra® nonwoven swabs with increased renewable source

While many standard nonwoven swabs today consist of 50% polyester and 50% viscose, we have chosen to increase the amount of material from a renewable resource (viscose) to 70%. By doing so, we have been able to develop a swab that is even more absorbent and that encompasses an increased amount of materials from renewable resources. This moves us away from using the world’s finite resources to materials that grows back.

 

Swabs that deliver highly absorptive capacity and speed

By using viscose instead of cotton gauze, we can remove several parts of the production process that cotton requires such as weaving, bleaching and drying. This enables us to create a high-performance swab with a lower environmental impact than our SELEFA® swabs. Moving away from cotton gauze also reduces the water usage requirements in production.

 

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The Embra® Proceed glove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When nitrile gloves are produced, they go through a heating process called curing, which is when the gloves are heated to strengthen the material. This phase is the most energy intensive within the production process. Embra® gloves are using an innovative type of nitrile with a different chemical composition that requires lower temperatures in the heating phase.

 

Reduced climate impact

Our Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) indicates that we can decrease the total energy usage in the production phase by 55%* with this new method and reduce the overall CO2 emissions by 27% per glove.** This is compared to an Evercare Medical SELEFA® Sense Blue Examination glove of comparable thickness.

 

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Embra® Shoe Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safe protection in recycled plastic

Embra® Shoe cover is made of 50% recycled plastic to decrease its impact on the environment. With microplastics covering the planet and polluting our seas and oceans, the more recycled plastic used the better. Our previous covers have used 100% virgin plastic. These durable shoe covers have been tried and tested to include the maximum amount of recycled plastic without compromising on quality. The 50/50 mix of recycled and virgin plastic means healthcare staff can help reduce the environmental impact of their daily work by using shoe covers with more recycled plastic in them than there were in our previous covers.

 

Well designed, convenient and unique in colour

Embra® Shoe covers make a statement with their unique surgical green colour. They arrive packed in hygienic vacuum bags and are quick and easy to dispense. The shoe covers are designed to be easy to put on and take off, as they fit well over your shoes and help keep floors clean.

 

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