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MilliporeSigma's Fabien Thibault Named Environment+Energy Leader 100 Honoree

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Fabien Thibault, global manager of product and packaging sustainability at MilliporeSigma, the U.S. and Canada Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, was chosen as an Environment+Energy Leader 100 honoree for 2021.

Read Fabien’s Q&A with the publication, here.

MilliporeSigma Continues to Achieve Great Progress With Its SMASH Packaging Plan

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Product packaging is one of the most visible and tangible environmental impacts in the life science industry, which is why MilliporeSigma is focused on driving sustainability in its packaging.

Launched in 2019, MilliporeSigma’s SMASH Packaging Plan is an industry-first framework designed to reduce the environmental impact of the company’s packaging by 2022. The 2020 SMASH Packaging Report card reveals MilliporeSigma is on track to achieve several of its initiatives by 2022.

A few key goals that the SMASH Packaging Plan achieved in 2020 include:

MilliporeSigma Science Will Tell Podcast Series: SMASH Packaging

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Science Will Tell is a podcast series in which we explore infinite solutions to sustainability and community impact from the Life Science Business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.*

Explore the exciting approach to redesigning and reengineering packaging options to ensure safe and timely delivery of products while working toward a decreased carbon footprint, zero deforestation, increased recyclability and supporting customers in meeting their sustainability goals on the SMASH Packaging episode. 

MilliporeSigma Honors Earth Day Today and Every Day

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MilliporeSigma believes taking a holistic approach to sustainability helps scientists take big steps toward smaller footprints. Learn more about our efforts here.

Driving Packaging Sustainability From the Start

Fabien Thibault, global manager, product and packaging sustainability at MilliporeSigma
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Across industries, sustainability is becoming an increasing expectation. From reducing emissions to increasing recycling, both businesses and consumers are looking for ways in which they can reduce their environmental impact. But when it comes to products and packaging in the life science industry, developing sustainable solutions while meeting transit and safety regulation requirements is an ongoing challenge.

Now, imagine the complexity of executing this process for more than 300,000 products and 2.5 million SKUs along with associated packaging.

Making a Difference: One Company's Mission to Put Sustainability at the Heart of All It Does

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In April 2019, the Life Science business of Merck* launched a four-year initiative that was aimed at improving its sustainability efforts when it came to packaging. For a global business shipping around 30,000 packages every day, the task was enormous. From reducing the overall amount of packaging it was using, maximising recycling, improving plastics sustainability and even targeting zero deforestation, the initiative was a statement of intent by the business to begin to understand its environmental impact – and do something about it.

People of Packaging Podcast Features Fabien Thibault - Global Manager, Product & Packaging Sustainability for MilliporeSigma

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Adam Peek, host of the People of Packaging podcast, sat down with Fabien Thibault, global manager, product & packaging sustainability for MilliporeSigma, to discuss his career in packaging and the sustainable strides he’s making at MilliporeSigma.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Jeffrey Whitford of MilliporeSigma: Five Strategies Our Company Is Using to Tackle Climate Change & Become More Sustainable

By Penny Bauder
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Making change happen will be your biggest challenge. We live on the front edge of new ideas, which means that we’re always asking people to change and do new things. Reality check: People don’t like new things that change what they’re used to. Finding ways to make change easier for people and ease the path are part of the challenge and, in my opinion, what make it fun. Asking why people aren’t on the bus yet isn’t going to work.

Smashing It, Sustainably!

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Our Life Science business ships over 30,000 packages each day. So, how does our SMASH Packaging initiative ensure it’s done responsibly? We caught up with Fabien Thibault, Global Manager of Product and Packaging Sustainability, to find out.

Fabien, what is “SMASH Packaging” and how does it help us to be more sustainable?

MilliporeSigma Launches Four-Year Push for Packaging Sustainability

by Robert J. Bowman
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The quest for supply-chain sustainability requires paying as much attention to the package as the product inside it.

That necessity that doesn’t escape global life science leader MilliporeSigma. The company has launched a four-year effort to enforce green packaging for well over 300,000 products, translating into some 30,000 shipments a day.

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