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There is a lot of over packaging in the medical arena, for example catheter valves for example are individually wrapped then each one in another sealed bag with instructions. Why? Every product should be reviewed.
What is even more concerning are blood bags made of PVC that contain endocrine disrupters - I know scientists are working on alternatives or coatings bit for preemies or newborns this is serious and alternatives need to be found sooner rather than later
So many zero-waste friends that work in the medical industry have fought with this. Almost impossible to beat. But there is small steps being made is some places. Celebrate these, and they’ll pave the way. Slowly is better than not at all.
Agree!! There is so much waste in the medical profession. I’m in the OR everyday and it makes me sick how much waste I produce especially since in my daily life I try to live without plastic as much as possible 😭
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Single-use plastics are rampant in the medical field. Every time I go to the pulmonologist (every month), they throw away the plastic mouthpiece used for my breathing test. It could easily be sterilized and reused for years. Or made of something more eco-friendly.
Oh the trash we produced in the ICU on a daily basis. 😳
I recognize that the medical field does contribute to plastic waste, but I think for now we should be heavily focusing on reducing people's dependence on single-use plastics and other plastic products that are avoidable. Once we effectively tackle that issue, then we can talk about reducing plastics in the medical field. Our addiction to plastic is so intense that we have to start small--we have to start with the every day consumer. If we dont start small and try to tackle businesses and other big organizations, I'm afraid that plastic waste may be perceived by the public as just another environmental issue that is way over our heads. Reducing plastic waste is not a lost cause. Everyone can make a difference, even if it's just making one small change.