For Medical Professionals 

Advancing the Circular Economy in Healthcare

Original Air Date: 

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2024 

Hard-to-recycle, single-use supplies, packaging and devices have become a defining feature of the healthcare system in recent decades. Economic and safety concerns and a “culture of convenience” has long stymied efforts to reduce the flood of items like disposable gowns, never-used surgical instruments and endless volumes of blue wrap. This is starting to change.

Presented in conjunction with Kimball Sustainable Healthcare, this free webinar – the first webinar for 2024 in our Green Thinking Webinar Series – reviewed key elements of an effective implementation strategy and featured case study presentations of several successful programs.

Moderated by Alec Cooley (Senior Advisor @ Busch Systems)

Diet for a Sick Planet: Studies Find More Plastic in Our Food and Bottled Water - Inside Climate New.pdf
CDC now encouraging doctors to consider more blood testing for “forever chemicals” - ABC News.pdf

Consumer Reports tested popular fast foods and supermarket staples for bisphenols and phthalates, which can be harmful to your health. Here's what we found—and how to stay safer. By Lauren F. Friedman January 4, 2024

If all hospitals were a country, they would be the fifth-worst producer of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet (Health Affairs, 2020).

"AMDR advocates for strong and sensible federal regulation to assure that reprocessed devices are as safe and effective as original equipment. Regulatory authorities in 19 countries, including the US, UK, and EU, have clear requirements and oversight to assure their safe reuse."

Medical professionals at more than 10,000 facilities are committed to working on this problem and making excellent progress to reprocess plastics and at the same time save money.

by Gabrielle Emanuel, a senior health and science reporter for WBUR. This segment aired on February 16, 2023.

CEH protects people from toxic chemicals by working with communities, consumers, workers, government, and the private sector to demand and support business practices that are safe for public health and the environment.

The Food Packaging Forum enables stakeholders to make better decisions. They share the latest science on chemicals in food contact materials and on the environmental impacts of food packaging

Recycling facemasks, medicine pots and inhaler mouthpieces into products using decentralized cradle-to-cradle clusters

This webinar explains the experience of pharmacies participating in the #Remasked campaign. A small innovation trial that intercepted much of the recycled pharmacy plastic normally disposed of in general waste, and turned it into products for use by the community.

This study provides critical understanding of the safety and potential risks associated with using PCR polyolefins from different sources in food contact applications. Original research is Open AccessPublished: December 12, 2023 DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e23620

What's the Disease Burden From Plastic Exposure?.pdf