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Still Waters

Can medical care exist without plastic?

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UNLIKE REFUSING A straw at a restaurant, it’s difficult to cut down on plastic while strapped unconscious to an operating table. Single-use plastic is facing more scrutiny than it ever has, and the medical industry could be the area where individual consumers have the least say.

Practice Greenhealth, a non-profit that works to make hospitals more sustainable, estimates that 25 percent of the waste generated by a hospital is plastic.

Single-use plastic can be an attractive option for hospitals—cheap, durable, and easily tossed out—and each new fresh plastic container or covering offers a newly sterile environment. That’s why clinicians cover themselves and everything they use in plastic.

Yet for all the ways plastic has revolutionized the medical industry over the past century, it’s now being scrutinized for what happens after it’s done its job. 

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/10/can-medical-care-exist-without-plastic/

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Desertrat56

It was done before the 60's so it could be done again.  We have silicon now that is sturdier than plastic.

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aztek

i do not see why we should,  what we do need is to dispose of plastic medical waste in a different manner,  in any case medical plastic waste is a tiny fraction of total plastic waste. 

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