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Environment

Our lives, communities and business activities are inextricably linked to the environment. The Otsuka group embraces its responsibility to care for the environment and pursue sustainability at every stage, from the manufacturing of products through to their use.

Eco-Friendly Products

The Otsuka group strives for environmental conservation through its products. It is working to develop eco-friendly products that reduce the environmental impact throughout the product life cycle, including measures for environmentally friendly disposal.

Lighter Bottles

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory: OS-1, an oral rehydration solution

The Otsuka group has introduced lighter containers that conserve resources and reduce CO2 emissions. When they were launched in 2007, Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s 500 ml plastic bottles of POCARI SWEAT were the lightest in Japan. The weight of the bottles was reduced by introducing a method called “positive pressure aseptic filling” to the bottling lines, a first for Japan. Now the bottle washing and sterilizing processes have been eliminated, as the company produces preforms in-house from raw PET plastic material.
The group has taken a number of actions to reduce the weight of product packaging including: changing the bottle design in 2016 from square to round design for OS-1 oral rehydration solution plastic bottles; introducing thinner microwave pouches (reducing weight by 7%) for Bon Curry Gold; reducing the weight of glass bottles while still maintaining break resistance for Tiovita Drink; lowering packaging film weight for SOYJOY; and, redesigning containers to reduce overall resin usage for jelly-type products such as Calorie Mate. Otsuka Techno has also achieved weight savings through innovative plastic packaging redesign.
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Lighter and Smaller Packaging

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Otsuka Foods: Short flap box for 500-ml Match bottles

The Otsuka group is taking measures to reduce the weight of cardboard and other product packaging materials. Otsuka Foods is reducing the weight of outer cardboard boxes used for its carbonated beverage, Match. A shorter box flap design for the 500-ml Berry Match released in March 2016 reduced cardboard use by 16%. The new box design is being adopted for other Match products starting March 2017.
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Product Development Targeting Both User Convenience and Waste Reduction

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: ABILIFY MAINTENA

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Otsuka Packaging Industries: attractive packaging that eliminates the need of cushioning material through the use of film wrap

Innovative packaging for the antipsychotic ABILIFY MAINTENA features improved impact resistance during distribution, ease of package removal and disposal by medical staff.  Otsuka received an award in the pharmaceutical division from the 2016 Japan Packaging Competition for the extensive and creative design of this package. Regarding Adacolumn, a blood cell purification device, a panel of the blood circuit (Adacircuit) used for treatment was eliminated, which reduced packaging size and medical waste for the user. Additionally, for Adacircuit packages containing five units, shipping volume was reduced by about 35%, and shipping weight was reduced by 44%. This reduction in volume and weight due to the new package improved efficient loading for transportation, and storage efficiency at medical facilities.
Otsuka Packaging Industries proposes and manufactures eco-friendly packaging materials with improved material quality and packaging formats. The company’s food-product biomass trays, which are made from at least 25% plant-derived (sugar cane) polyethylene, and a tapeless box, which can be sealed without adhesive tape thanks to an interlocking design, are helping to reduce the use of packaging materials. Otsuka Packaging Industries also produces a box that prevents bottle breakage based on an innovative interior structure that cushions the contents. Not only does it not require any Styrofoam or impact-absorbing material, but the box also saves inventory space and reduces logistics energy usage. It even makes disposal and recycling easier, as it is made of a single material. The results of these initiatives are also being publicized through environmental exhibitions.
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Sustainable Product Design

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Nutrition & Santé products

Nutrition & Santé SAS, based in southern France, implements its own eco-design charter to ensure that environmental impact is considered at all stages, from product development and ingredients procurement, to manufacturing, packaging material design, and product transport.
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Environmental Policy / Guidelines

Otsuka Group Environmental Policy As a global healthcare company and a res...

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Otsuka Group Environmental Promotion Council

The Otsuka Group Global Environmental Council has been established to promo...

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Environmental Education

Otsuka Pharmaceutical has provided an ongoing environmental e-learning prog...

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Climate Change Response
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Combating Climate Change and Conserving Energy

In 2016, the 13 Otsuka group companies in Japan*1 used the energy equivalen...

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Initiatives on the Production Floor

The Otsuka group aims to help prevent global warming by promoting both tang...

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Reducing CO2 Emissions from Logistics

The Otsuka group is promoting modal shifting as part of Otsuka’s efforts to...

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Initiatives in the Office

The Otsuka group is focused on improving energy use efficiency in buildings...

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Clean Energy Use

The Otsuka group is actively pursuing clean energy. It is working to reduce...

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Green Curtains

Every year offices and factories in the Otsuka group grow bitter gourd, mor...

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Lighter Bottles

The Otsuka group has introduced lighter containers that conserve resources ...

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Eco-Friendly Products
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Lighter and Smaller Packaging

The Otsuka group is taking measures to reduce the weight of cardboard and o...

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Eco-Friendly Products
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Product Development Targeting Both User Convenience and Waste Reduction

Innovative packaging for the antipsychotic ABILIFY MAINTENA features improv...

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Eco-Friendly Products
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Sustainable Product Design

Nutrition & Santé SAS, based in southern France, implements its own eco...

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Waste Reduction
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Reducing Waste

In 2016, the 13 group companies in Japan discharged 336 thousand tons of wa...

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PRTR Substances

Management of PRTR substances* at the 13 group companies in Japan are shown...

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Waste Reduction and 3R Promotion

Through 3R (reduce, reuse, and recycle) promotion efforts, the Otsuka group...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Basic Approach and Guidelines

Basic Approach The Otsuka group recognizes the invaluable benefits provide...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Relationship between Biodiversity and Business Activities

The Otsuka group manufactures and sells a wide range of products such as ph...

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Water Resource Initiatives

In fiscal 2016, the 13 group companies in Japan used 12.222 million m3 of w...

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Creating Biotopes

Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Tokushima Itano Factory has created facilities that...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Initiatives to Protect Water Resources

Ridge Vineyards, a world-renowned winery in Northern California uses techno...

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Initiatives for Protecting and Reintroducing Endangered Species

Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Tokushima Itano Factory is working to protect and b...

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Otsuka Group Non-Native Fishing Tournament

Lake Biwa is well known as Japan’s largest lake and has been a local source...

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Community Activity: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Environmental Club

Many Otsuka group employees living in Tokushima participate as volunteers i...

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Sustainable Ingredients

As palm oil is used as an ingredient in biscuits and other products, Nutrit...

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Factory Grounds Open to the Community

Factories of the Otsuka group carry out regular cleanup activities on areas...