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Sustainable Solutions for
Pharmacy Automation and
eCommerce Order Fulfillment

What is sustainability? According to the EPA: Everything we need for our survival and well-being depends directly or indirectly on our natural environment. Pursuing sustainability means creating and maintaining conditions where humans and nature co-exist in productive harmony and support both future and present generations.

In the packaging industry, we achieve this through sustainable packaging materials and solutions. It’s how we play our part in a more sustainable world. And it’s more than good corporate stewardship. In the long run, it’s good business.

Everyone here at Tension is passionate about helping our customers reach their sustainability goals through our sustainable packaging consumables and solutions for pharmacy and eCommerce.

We are dedicated to being a part of the Circular Economy, a system that keeps products and materials in circulation for as long as possible. At Tension, this means creating and promoting products that last and can be repaired, reused and remanufactured. The result? We help eliminate waste while generating economic and social value.

Sustainable Packaging Solutions from Tension

Let’s consider why partnering with us for sustainable packaging is a smart choice for your business.

Gen Z and Millennials care deeply about the environment and are voting with their wallets. 53% of these two generations say sustainability is important when making purchasing decisions, and 68% prefer more information to help make better choices. And their ability to recycle has increased. Currently, 79% of Americans have access to curbside/residential recycling programs.

Did you know 87% of consumers prefer paper-based packaging? Our parent company, Tension Corporation, was established in 1886 and is the second-largest national envelope manufacturer. Tension has deep, strong relationships with large paper mills, and through these partnerships we can help supply your sustainable paper packaging needs. Our team is also well-versed on paper composition, features, specifications and coatings best suited for packaging applications.

From variable-length polybaggers that create right-sized packages which reduce weight and waste to equipment with low energy consumption, we have sustainable solutions that extend beyond the packaging materials.

Our paper packaging products feature recycled content and/or recyclable options.

  • We use paper sourced from responsibly managed forests:
    • SFI® Sourcing Certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
    • Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC®) Certified on standards by the Rainforest Alliance. This certification requires rigorous chain-of-custody standards for paper made with fiber from FSC-certified forests.
  • Our polybags contain post-consumer recycled (PCR) and/or post-industrial content (PIC). To determine the percentage of PCR/PIC that is right for packaging needs, contact an expert at Tension to learn more.


Gen Z and Millennials say
sustainability is important when
contemplating purchasing decisions


Gen Z and Millennials say
they prefer more information
to help make better choices


Americans say they have access
to curbside/residential
recycling programs


Of consumers prefer
paper-based packaging

Your Sustainable Encyclopedia

Easy-to-reference terms and their definitions.

Any waste capable of undergoing anaerobic or aerobic decomposition, such as food and garden waste, paper and cardboard.

The amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHG) that a person, organization, event, or product causes to be released to the atmosphere, directly or indirectly, during its life. This life cycle for paper products includes everything from harvesting trees through the manufacturing process to using and the disposal of recycling.

A form of economy that reduces material use, redesigns materials to be less resource intensive and recaptures “waste” as a resource to manufacture new materials and products. A circular economy is a change to the model where resources are mined, made into products, and then become waste.

The practice of discarding items that are picked up by a waste collection service and then sorted at a facility. The materials accepted by local recycling services can vary. For packaging, the most prevalent materials are paper, cardboard and plastic.

Includes items often requiring a composting facility’s controlled temperature and pressure environment to biodegrade. These items often do not biodegrade in a home compost environment.

Post-Consumer Recycled content or PCR refers to types of widely recycled plastics that are reprocessed into a resin that is used to make new packaging. The amount of PCR included in a polybag is expressed in a percentage (e.g., this package contains up to 75% PCR materials).

Material that is recycled after the manufacturing process but before it hits the consumer market. PIC is also referred to as “pre-consumer waste.” The amount of PIC included in a polybag is expressed in a percentage (e.g., this package contains up to 75% PIC materials).

L-LDPE or Linear Low-Density Polyethylene refers to the type of resin that makes up the plastic. Popular for its strength, impact resistance and puncture resistance, the toughness of L-LDPE allows for thinner poly films without compromising the strength of the material.

To use an item again or to reuse waste material by converting it into something new. Recycling can be classified by type of material that is being recycled and includes glass, paper, metal, plastic, textile and electronic recycling.

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Tension remains committed to sustainability, our customers and meeting their needs for sustainability in their business, whether it’s consolidating orders into smaller packages or switching to sustainable packaging. Contact us to discuss how we can help your organization achieve your goals.