Research on environmentally-friendly reproductive health commodity packaging.


This objective of this project is to provide the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with evidence to reduce the environmental impact of packaging design: For reproductive healthcare products.

The work involved evaluating cases where improvements were made with better material choices and sorting techniques. We compared projects in East Africa and Southern Ameria which demonstrate achievement in re-usable and recovery rates of packaging.


An idea catalog and a green procurement guide for packaging materials that meet the quality, functional and environmental objectives of UNFPA.

Project methodology

1. Project inception and scope review meeting with the UNPFA’s procurement services team in Denmark.

2. Evaluative and comparative research of pack formats and materials that reduce cost and/or offer additional functionality with reduced life-cycle environmental impact.

3. Engagement with relevant manufacturers experimenting with biodegradable polymers, for example, reducing, material, energy, and pollution when substantially compared with the traditional disposable alternatives.

An OsanNimu + Giraffe Innovation Project

Photos courtesy of Replenish, Sou Cosmetics Brazil, Gigs 2 Go, BillerudKorsn√§s, Clare Spring at SustainableBrands online, Windmoeller & Hoelscher at SustainableBrands online, Ellas’s baby dry cereals packaging design at and Ian Munroe/Flickr at SustainableBrands online

Project Team

Rob Holdway, Eco-Material Specialist. Ayodeji Alaka, Design Research. Mark Dowling,Technical Analysis.

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