Responsibility. People. Planet. Patients.
As a procurement and materials manager – it’s your job to work your supply chain to get the greatest value from your vendors and enable the delivery of quality healthcare. You’re constantly weighing critical factors contributing to the health of your hospital’s bottom line, and the continuing changing landscape of complicated contracts and hospital mission-driven priorities. Your hospital may have goals and initiatives that need your engagement, such as environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) or climate-smart solutions. We’ve heard you, and NewGen Surgical is pleased to offer you sustainably designed medical devices and surgical products that can assist with delivering products with less environmental impacts.
Smart Sustainable PurchasingTM
Smart procurement is critical in contributing to the health of the bottom line – bringing value to the critical responsibility of patient care. Smart sustainable procurement is a key success factor in delivering the human health benefits of an Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) policy. An EPP is one of the best approaches in aligning hospital purchasing with sustainability and community needs initiatives.
Hospitals recognize the roles of procurement, materials management and supply chain as key change agents influencing EPP objectives and results, with the most common EPP goals around chemicals of concern, energy, and waste. Perhaps you have been or are now included in the sustainability conversations that have been increasing over the last few years, resulting in collaborative changes becoming integrated into RFPs, supplier profiles and selection, total cost of ownership approaches, and compensation, performance and retention metrics.
Sustainable procurement is a topic identified as one of growing importance and weight in an ecosystem of healthy planet, patients, people and your bottom line. As a purchasing professional, you are increasingly asked to weigh these factors, and still deliver a cost-sensitive solution. But it’s getting more complicated as the cost of plastic pollution and the impact of unhealthy environments becomes part of the total cost of ownership.
What you buy has impact
You recognize the healthcare supply chain usually flows in one direction, from manufacturer to user to waste bin. And the current healthcare waste management process is built to accommodate the plastics-intensive supply chain. Almost everything negotiated on behalf of the hospital to provide quality patient care will end up in a waste stream generating over 12,790 tons of waste, every day, across the nation.
Many of our customers are seeking products that align with the values in protecting human health and to address their contribution to pollution. New conversations are taking place with suppliers about more environmentally friendly options, chemicals of concern, supply chain transparency, total cost of ownership, and end-of-life disposal.
“Remember, there is no ‘away’ when it comes to plastic waste. And plastic single-use waste negatively impacts our communities and planet health.” – Rob Chase, Founder and President of NewGen Surgical
The environmental and human health impacts of your product portfolio
Reviewing your portfolio with a sustainability lens can help you “see” products from a materials-based view point and the connection between products and their environmental impact. You determine the opportunity to become part of the sustainability mission to identify better products for patient care and the environment. As a critical part of the hospital supply chain, you have a major influence and can become part of the sustainability – and innovation - process.
Better inputs, better waste management
When you buy plastic, you dispose of plastic. From the US EPA, the most environmentally and cost-effective approach to waste is source reduction and reuse, which should be emphasized wherever possible. Source reduction, also referred to as pollution prevention, means any practice that reduces or eliminates waste at the source.
NewGen Surgical approaches source reduction through product redesign and raw material substitution known as upcycling, the concept of upcycling was incorporated to prevent the waste of potentially useful materials by making use of existing ones. This reduction of new raw materials for new products results in a reduction of energy usage, air pollution, water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Your purchasing power can eliminate thousands of pounds of plastic waste with one of the lowest conversion costs.
Smart Sustainable DesignTM
Performance, economic value and sustainability drive Smart Sustainable Design™. Much like the healthcare industry’s emphasis treating root cause by focusing on wellness and prevention for people, NewGen Surgical is doing the same by examining and redesigning products with more sustainable materials on the front end to achieve a source reduction of plastic used and a reduction of end-of-life plastic pollution in the environment.
By rethinking, redesigning and reimagining a surgical product used every day in the operating room, we can reduce or eliminate plastic waste – and still deliver clinical performance at a price that brings value to our customers.
Greener Operations with NewGen Surgical
NewGen Surgical products are designed to replace existing plastic, single-use, disposal products without interrupting the workflow of the hospital, surgical procedures or disposal - while delivering a measurable reduction in plastic waste.
How many needle counters and skin staplers are part of your surgical department’s inventory? Are they included in your surgical kits?
- Alternative to petroleum-derived products
- Tree-free renewable resource
- Decomposes; the rate depending on disposal conditions
- Minimizes the environmental impacts throughout the product’s life cycle
- Reduction in energy used for production
- Prop 65 compliant
- Free of intentionally added BPA or BPA derived plastics, mercury, phthalates, and PVC
- The packaging can be recycled if the hospital and their respective waste hauler providers support this service
Your purchasing power can eliminate thousands of pounds of plastic waste with one of the lowest conversion costs. The investment of time and training are minimal when a similar single-use disposable surgical product is switched to one made with sustainable material. Take action at the top level of the supply chain and use your EPP authorization to replace plastic single-use products with sustainably designed alternatives to help mitigate healthcare pollution.
Small Change, Big Impact
When you buy plastic, you dispose of plastic. Join our Small Change, Big Impact EPP™ program and make a measurable commitment to reduce your plastic waste. This program tracks your use of NewGen Surgical’s sustainably designed, single-use medical devices and surgical products and provides healthcare leaders a platform to measure the reduction of plastic waste generated from their hospital or system. Every piece of plastic matters. Working together we can make a measurable impact.