Our Relationship with the World

Our mission is to improve the lives of people, families, and communities around the world. We believe a significant part of caring for people is also being conscious of our environmental footprint. At Merit, we strive to deliver high-quality products that minimize our global impact throughout each step, from materials selection and manufacturing to packaging, shipping, recycling, and disposal. By tracking our sustainability efforts, we create space to introduce technology and best practices that help us to further conserve resources, decrease waste, and reduce emissions.

Merit Sustainability - Recycled Plastic Molding Waste
Merit Sustainability - Reduced CO2 Emissions
Merit Sustainability - Renewable Energy Supported
Merit Sustainability - Total Materials Recycled
Merit Sustainability - Energy Saved
Merit Sustainability - Produce Harvested and Used

Programs to Reduce Waste

KITS AND PACKS PACKAGING

Merit produces upwards of 15 million kits per year, and through a major program to reduce film thickness in kit packaging, we’ve saved 17 tons of plastic per year without compromising quality.

MERIT SMART SHIPPING™

To significantly reduce shipping materials, Merit has designed packaging that allows a product to ship to customers in its original packaging, eliminating the need for additional shipping materials, such as boxes and plastic bubble wrap. This program currently saves 72 tons of brown corrugated box material per year (January 2019). »Learn more.

2019 Sustainability Award from the Business Intelligence Group in the Sustainability Leadership category2019 SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Merit was awarded the 2019 Sustainability Award from the Business Intelligence Group in the Sustainability Leadership category. This award honors those who have made sustainability an integral part of their business practice.

INTRA-MERIT SHIPPING

Millions of products travel between Merit manufacturing and distribution facilities. For this intra-Merit travel, we’ve transitioned entirely to reusable pallets and innovated methods to move products in bulk containers, significantly reducing intra-Merit shipping materials.

PAPERLESS WORK ORDERS

Merit is in the process of transitioning all facilities worldwide from paper to electronic work orders. Once fully transitioned, we’ll reduce our paper usage by 2.8 million pieces and 20,000 plastic sleeves annually.

Merit Goal

By 2022, all Merit Medical work orders will be electronic, significantly reducing our paper consumption.

Energy & Natural Resource Conservation

TRANSITION TO LED LIGHTING

We’re transitioning from traditional lighting to LED light bulbs at all our facilities around the globe.

Merit Goal

In 2020, 90% of our lighting will come from LED light bulbs, greatly reducing our energy consumption.

ELECTRIC CAR CHARGER INSTALLATIONS

To encourage the increasing number of Merit employees who want to reduce their footprint, we’ve installed electric car chargers and preferential carpool parking at our Salt Lake City campus. Electric vehicle charging stations have prevented 6,663kg of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) from being produced which is equivalent to planting 171 trees and letting them grow for 10 years. By 2020, all current Merit facilities as well as any future facilities will do the same.

EFFICIENT HEATING & COOLING

Our Salt Lake City campus operates through Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems, increasing our energy efficiency.

DECREASING WATER CONSUMPTION

To reduce water consumption in the arid climate of Utah, more than 6 acres of grass at our Salt Lake City HQ was removed and converted to an employee garden and xeriscaped land that uses water-efficient irrigation technology.

FARM TO TABLE

The employee garden at our Salt Lake City campus provides employee enjoyment as well as reduces long-distance food transport. In 2019, we harvested nearly 1250 pounds of produce that was then used in our cafeterias. We saw 1100 pounds of produce grown for the employee U-pick program, 400 pounds of produce harvested and donated to senior centers in the SJ area, and $8,000 raised for Merit’s Candy Cane Program through plant and flower sales.

Ways We Reuse & Recycle

RECYCLING PALLETS

Merit has implemented an extensive program to make the best use of wooden shipping pallets and then recycle those that have become too worn for use.

SUSTAINABLE KITS & PACKS

The GreenChoice™ program for Kits & Packs now gives customers the option to choose eco product alternatives—such as trays and natural fiber towels—that can be included in their order.

EMPLOYEE RECYCLING PROGRAM

At our desks, warehouses, and cafeterias, employees enthusiastically participate in the Employee Recycling Program, recycling as many materials as we can, including paper, cardboard, food and beverage containers, scrap metal, and pallets.

PLASTIC MOLDING

Merit produces 420 million plastic molded parts each year. To reduce the plastic waste that surrounds a finished molded part, we partner with companies who can use that plastic. At our Salt Lake City HQ alone, we recycled 604,178 pounds of plastic molding waste in one year. As we purchase new molds, we’ve transitioned to hot runner molds, designed to fully eliminate plastic waste.

GREEN CAFÉS

Our employee cafés worldwide only use biodegradable cutlery. We’ve also invested in a line of fully compostable “to-go” containers made from plant starch and sugarcane. A program to transition to reusable cutlery when dining at a Merit café is currently underway.

UNIVERSAL TRANSPORT TRAY PACKAGING

We’ve invested in transport trays that can be reused 4 times and then recycled. In one year, Merit saved nearly 20,000 pounds in raw materials, such as plastic and corrugated fiberboard.

Merit Goal

In the year 2020, Merit dining facilities will transition to reusable cutlery and plates, notably reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills.

LEED Certification

Merit Medial Silver Leed Certified

Merit has been awarded Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for our Bean Building, the newest addition to our Salt Lake City campus. Completed in 2014, the Bean Building was awarded certification based on a number of features:

  • A cool roof, made with high solar reflectance index materials, that absorbs less heat, keeps the building cooler, and reduces energy usage
  • Refrigerants in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration system that minimize or eliminate the emission of ozone-depleting compounds
  • Low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicle accommodation
  • Public transportation access
  • Bicycle storage and changing rooms
  • Storage and collection of recyclables
  • Water-efficient landscaping

Corporate Environmental Efforts

Each year, we track and measure our environmental performance, holding ourselves accountable and continually looking for ways to improve.*

604,178 lb

Recycled Plastic Molding Waste

8,400 kWh

Renewable Energy Supported

5 Tons

Cardboard Recycled Monthly

521,422 kWh

Energy Saved with Energy-Saving Initiatives

1,016,104 lbs

Total Materials Recycled

1250 lb

Produce Harvested from Employee Garden & Used in Merit Cafeterias in 2019

*Statistics taken from a combination of annual U.S. and global Merit facility data.

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