Tons of plastic waste impact the environment and community health. There really is ‘no away’ when it comes to plastic waste.

Smart sustainable purchasing can decrease plastic pollution by never letting it through the hospital doors in the first place. So why buy plastic if you don’t have to?

Make a commitment to reduce plastic waste from your O.R. and join in the industry movement for climate-smart action and sustainable procurement in healthcare.

A Small Change, Big Impact EPP program

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The NewGen Surgical Small Change, Big Impact EPP™ program provides healthcare leaders a platform to measure their impact on human health through the environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) of sustainably designed, single-use medical devices and products.

The Small Change, Big Impact EPP program will help your hospital:

  • Reduce operating room waste, specifically single-use plastic waste, with measurable and meaningful cumulative environmental impacts. Measure and achieve a cumulative environmental impact by eliminating plastic waste from single-use disposables.
  • Fulfill customers’ needs for surgical products that help curb plastic waste.
  • Support sustainability-driven missions and goals – such as EPP, leadership, retention and waste management.

“For improved planetary health to be realized it is important that sectors that are impacted by environmental change, such as health, take a proactive role in understanding their own environmental impact. It is no longer sufficient to simply quantify the problems we face; health-care systems need to be much more effective stewards of the resources placed at their disposal.”

The Lancet, Carbon footprinting in health systems: one small step towards planetary health, Vol 1, December 2017

Smart Sustainable Purchasing

Smart procurement is critical in contributing to the health of the bottom line for hospital spend. Smart sustainable purchasing is a key success factor in delivering the human health benefits of an EPP policy because it is one of the best approaches in aligning hospital purchasing with sustainability and community needs initiatives.

Your purchasing power can eliminate thousands of pounds of plastic waste with one of the lowest conversion costs. Addressing source reduction is an upstream solution that has a big impact on eliminating plastic waste with one of the lowest conversion costs. The investment of time and training are minimal, especially within surgical kits, when a similar single-use disposable surgical product is switched to one made with sustainable material. Conversely, downstream options such as reprocessing, donations, and recycling, require more and ongoing engagement needs.

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What you buy has impact

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; 30% from the surgical suites.

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Why buy plastic if you don’t have to?

Hospitals 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. Reviewing products with a sustainability lens can help you “see” products from a materials-based view point and the connection between products and their environmental impact instead of the traditional cost-dependent equation.

Environmental Impact of Healthcare

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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. 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.

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Smart Sustainable Design

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. Our development process begins with a thorough understanding of the clinical performance doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals expect from a single-use disposable device. 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 hospital staff, surgical procedures or disposal.

  • NewGen Surgical products are sourced from plant-based material
    • Alternative to petroleum-derived products
    • Minimizes the environmental impacts throughout the product’s life cycle
    • Reduction in energy used for production
    • Tree-free renewable resource
    • Able to decompose; the rate depending on disposal conditions
  • Prop 65 compliant
  • Free of intentionally added BPA or BPA derived plastics, mercury, phthalates, and PVC
  • The packaging is responsibly sourced and can be recycled if the hospital and their respective waste hauler providers support this service

•Made with 69% plant-based material

•Over 500 pounds of plastic waste can be eliminated for every 10,000 skin staplers

•Available in procedure packs, our plant-based skin stapler tray removes even more plastic packaging from the waste stream

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• Needle counter box is a 93% plastic reduction by weight

• 1,000 pounds of plastic waste can be eliminated for every 12,500

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•Plant-based trays that eliminates plastic waste in procedure kit packaging

•Over two tons of plastic waste can be eliminated for every 15,000 medium-sized trays

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Program Information

Join our Small Change, Big Impact EPP program for a climate-smart commitment to reduce plastic waste in healthcare. Every piece of plastic matters and it will take all of us to make an impact. Contact NewGen Surgical at 1.855.295.4500 or email us at sales@newgensurgical.com.