RECYCLING MEDICAL PLASTICS
HOW MEDICAL PLASTICS WASTE WAS TURNED INTO SCHOOL SHOES OLE GRÃ˜NDAHL HANSEN, PROJECT MANAGER OF PVCMED ALLIANCE EXPLAINS WHY PEOPLE SHOULD LOOK TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR INSPIRATION ON HOW TO TRANSFORM MEDICAL DEVICE WASTE INTO USEFUL PRODUCTS.
hough plastic gets a lot of negative attention these days, even the most hardcore antiplastic crusaders agree that a modern healthcare system is inconceivable without plastics. No one has so far argued for plastic-free hospitals and a reintroduction of technically inferior medical devices of glass, rubber and metal that were used in the past.
Yet the undisputed success of safe and affordable single-use medical devices should not lead us to the conclusion that our industry does not need to minimise the environmental impacts of our products. We can look to South Africa for inspiration - a place where environmental responsibility goes hand in hand with education and social and economic development. PLASTIC WASTE PAVES THE WAY FOR SCHOOLING In Johannesburg, South Africa, a recycling project is currently underway which is a model example of how an immediate challenge regarding plastic and waste management can actually contribute to sustainable
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