. . .Contracting for and investing in environmentally preferred products is the most important priority among the four as it ensures the purchase of the safest products for the environment and for human health,” Indivieri insisted. “Products with a reduced environmental footprint have been manufactured with consideration for all stages of a product’s life cycle. A sustainably designed product encompasses all the above priorities and then some: Its raw materials are renewable, recycled and responsibly sourced; it does not contain chemicals of concern that can cause risk to patients; it can be used longer than alternatives and can be reprocessed and diverted from the landfill; and it is locally or regionally made, consuming fewer resources while being less dependent on fossil fuels for transportation. All of these sustainable procurement tenets ensure patients’ healing with no adverse health effects transpiring. . .
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