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Actreen® self-catheters

A good choice for you and the environment

Over the past 50 years, ecological awareness has increased; Apart from global warming the next pressing issue is ocean pollution. And this is where you can act for tomorrow.

Keep the ocean in mind
What do these figures have to do with your catheter usage?

Eco design meets innovation

So it is up to you to decide on a catheter which is reliable and offers you the comfort you need. Discover with Actreen® an efficient and easy-to-use catheterization which can even make your ecological footprint smaller.

How do catheters impact your bathroom waste?

One of the measurable distinctions between Actreen® and other intermittent catheters is your reduced bathroom waste. Due to its eco-design, the product’s volume is noticeably reduced. Find out how big this difference really is.

Actreen® pouches

Another step towards more sustainability

You are active and on the road a lot and you don’t want to think about the supply of catheters. Therefore you receive a free pouch with every package of Actreen® in which you can easily carry your catheters. Because wherever you go, you want to be prepared – anytime.


Now B. Braun has taken another step towards making Actreen® greener and created a new generation of pouches. In contrast to the previous ones, they are now made of paper with a special PVC-coating. You can use them multiple times, even in a wet environment.
So, we have been able to reduce the pouches PVC content significantly and keep the pouches durable – for every version: 

Due to its low PVC content (compared to 100 percent PVC bags), this new generation of pouches marks our common path to a greener Actreen®.

Eco-awareness is in Actreen®'s DNA

The first product generation was developed in 2004 and has continually improved its ecological footprints.

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[9] Bouton F.: Qualitative environmental comparison between: Actreen® Hi Lite & Mini ranges and the main European competitor catheters. EVEA fabrique de solutions durables. July 2020.

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