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Packaging, PPE and surgical supplies: How COVID-19 is pushing hospitals to reduce waste

By Deborah Abrams Kaplan Jan. 12, 2021 Some waste is inevitable, but supply chain leaders are finding ways to reduce the quantity — reusing and recycling when possible and adjusting procurement and packaging. Acquiring enough personal protective equipment and supplies to test for and treat COVID-19 in the United States was a major challenge in…

Sustainability strives for attention, priority in pandemic-stricken world

But some link sustainability to resilience By: Rick Dana Barlow Oct 27th, 2020 Historically, it should be no secret that sustainability as an aim, issue and management priority has struggled to gain a solid foothold among the key tentpoles of business operations. This year, against the backdrop of a global pandemic that has shaken the…

Podcast Episode 50: Hospitals and Sustainability with Julie Moyle (Practice Greenhealth)

It’s time for our first check-up on hospitals and sustainability. With coronavirus upending our way of life and infecting so many people, it’s critical that our hospitals continue to operate. Sustainability ensures hospitals can continue operations in times of stress, and it also helps hospitals save money, reduce their impact on the environment, and make…

Investigating Wasted Opportunities in Medical Plastics Recycling

As it prepares a report on the recently completed study on mechanical recycling of flexible medical packaging, the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council launches a new study on chemical recycling. By: Norbert Sparrow – February 20, 2020 U.S healthcare facilities generate approximately 14,000 tons of waste per day, and it’s estimated that as much as one-quarter…

MD&M West, SPE team up for deeper dive into medical plastics

By: Norbert Sparrow  – January 22, 2020 Single-use plastics may be beating a retreat at your local coffeehouse, supermarket and now, it seems, the entire country of China, but there is no shortage of demand in the medical device space. Au contraire: The medical plastics market is forecast to see sustained growth well into this…

Let’s Do This! Highlights from 2019 and Looking Ahead in 2020

by Rob Chase, Founder & President As 2020 begins, it is a great time to share company developments, reflect, and take a moment to express gratitude. It is an honor to serve the communities that heal and nurture health of people, planet and all living things. Whether you are a customer that has been with…

Greening Operating Rooms One Product at a Time

The medical device industry can be part of the solution for sustainable healthcare, according to a speaker at the upcoming MD&M West 2020 conference. By: Susan Shepard December 31, 2019 Healthcare organizations are responding regarding their contribution on climate change, said Rob Chase in an interview with MD+DI. Chase, who is the founder and president…

Environmental Sustainability: More process than progress?

Swirling, succeeding in ‘circular economy’ knows no bounds By: Rick Dana Barlow  – November 18, 2019 To some, environmental sustainability represents one of those “damned-if-you-do-and-damned-if-you-don’t” idiomatic exercises in that whatever you decide likely will attract criticism, debate and some form of ridicule. Either it is is too burdensome and costly, it panders to the hippie…

Embarking on environmental sustainability

Experts advise starting small, thinking big By: Rick Dana Barlow  – November 18, 2019 Establishing an environmental sustainability movement, process or project can be an arduous exercise, competing heavily between higher-priority issues and among numerous multitasking executives, clinicians and practitioners. But it doesn’t have to be such a daunting task so long as aims and…

Sustainability in the medical space? It’s complicated

By: Norbert Sparrow –  October 8, 2019 The juggernaut to remove single-use plastics from our lives largely has spared the medical sector. There are good reasons for that, starting with improved safety for the patient because single-use devices reduce the risk of infection. Also, injection molded and extruded plastic devices allow for design innovation and…