The battle against single-use plastics has gained momentum in recent years, as people become more aware of the lasting environmental implications of using plastic items only once before throwing them away. There is growing pressure on companies to come up with reusable alternatives and ways of sterilizing them properly, and on individuals to provide their own containers and bags whenever they shop.
The health care industry is not exempt from these pressures. While it might seem like a surprising target for reusables (safety and sterility must always be the top priority), the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (AMDR) says that hospitals could go a long way toward reducing their carbon footprints by rejecting the current “linear economy” model that normalizes single-use and embracing reusability on a greater scale. . .
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