Going Green in the Healthcare Industry!
The Green Register & Dirty Harry Says it’s Time!
Okay, readers. The one time a week we’ve been getting together to really explore the humongous world of ‘going green’ and various industries that are doing their best to be environmentally-conscious and ecologically sound, has been a real thrill ride that’s bringing more and more people on board with the ‘green’ mentality.
Healthcare is not immune to these trends. In fact, this week we are going to be looking at a way where our eyes and teeth can become green. (Nope, not trying to sound gross. J)
The amazing part about all this information coming to us is, The Green Register. This online publication is honestly bringing new information daily to the rest of the world who really want to know everything from what their politicians are doing to make this world a greener, healthier place, to what the industries they love from design to home building to department stores to healthcare are doing to decrease our carbon footprint and allow the next generation to be able to breathe easier – and better!
From absolutely everywhere there’s coming ‘the call’ for our culture to ‘go green.’ In fact, for any of you who watched the Super Bowl on Sunday (and I’m sure there are many), you would’ve noticed that almost all the ads shown were for green cars and the reuniting of America. The commercial that won this year’s Super Bowl Ad Championship was when Mr. Clint Eastwood – a man who has certainly seen it all – spoke to us about how our U.S. of A’s halftime is coming to a close and we are about to commence on the second-half of the game. The Ultimate Game – a game that will save the world and bring back what we have lost in this society – faith. Faith in our companies, faith in our innovation, and faith in ourselves.
One industry that many have lost faith in is healthcare. Yes, it will always be the industry that we HAVE to have, but the world is coming to the conclusion that the ‘greening’ of America must extend to our medical culture. With innovation, creation and imagination comes complex issues. With the good you take the bad, correct? Well…illnesses, health care equipment, cures – all of these are bringing into the world more waste products, non-recyclable equipment and horrendous amounts of products and services that are nowhere near green. In fact, a great number of items located within the medical community are dangerous – from clogging landfills to spreading noxious wastes and gases – these are things that can ultimately harm everything from people to our atmosphere. And the harm could be irreparable.
Science is needed. Cures and the finding of said cures is beyond needed. But ecology fits in with the rest of the sciences, and can help. From a purely ecological standpoint, the mass production and consumption of synthetic pharmaceuticals has harmed us. Chemicals and waste products have leaked into sewage systems, water tables, and have made our ecosystem – just look at the oceans if your don’t believe me – into toxic waste dumps. And the last thing America wants to turn into is a world that is now appearing in the latest craze of dystopian YA novels that show everything dead or dying, diseases spreading, and young adults stuck in a maze trying to find their way to a place where they can live and grow up without dying out before their time.
I want to raise awareness today in two very different, yet necessary healthcare worlds: our teeth and our eyes. Our eyes, most especially, are seeing a world that is falling apart, hoping that others in the business and healthcare worlds will wake up, open their eyes, and create things that will not harm our environment. There have been many articles about single-use surgical instruments and their popularity overseas. But the disposal of such items hasn’t been addressed at all…until now. One particular company in the United Kingdom called, Blink Medical, is on the job and they are offering to work with ophthalmic departments to provide a system of recovery and recycling.
Being one of the largest manufactures of single-use surgical instruments, Blink caught on and began to investigate recycling options. After stumbling through a couple of ideas, Blink has now teamed up with the world’s largest stainless steel and precious metal recycling company. This is a completely innovative move, because with this program eight sites in the UK and Europe are helping Blink to offer its customers a return and recycle option for the very first time. What’s the oddest part in this highly financially motivated world? This does not save this corporation money; Blink is actually upset about the impact that their popular new line has created in the environment and they felt they had a ‘moral obligation’ to try and clean up as much as possible. I know…sounds so odd, especially in a year of a presidential race and everyone fighting amongst themselves about whose worse at all this. But Blink took a chance, took a leap, and they’re trying. Perhaps others can learn from their attempts. It’s a team effort, but all parties involved from Blink to recyclers are working together to collect and recycle these instruments for free.
Now we head to…teeth. Everyone wants the brightest smile – a celebrity smile that only the ‘Real Housewives’ seem to have, and that’s just because they have more time and money to head to the ‘best of the best’ and get new faces, bodies and teeth every time they want them. But there is now breakthrough dental technology in the works that actually stops tooth decay and rebuilds the tooth from within. Why am I telling you this? Because it has a direct link to the environment.
Nobody likes to look at a dentist’s drill (except the crazy dentist in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’), and out of nowhere a new, noninvasive dental breakthrough is making it slowly possible to get a filling without the drilling. Scientists at the University of Leeds have developed a peptide-based fluid that is painted onto the surface of a decaying tooth. The fluid seeps into any cavities and stimulates the tooth to regenerate itself. A non-invasive, non-surgical repair job that will eliminate so much waste from the environment it’s not even funny – AND it would eliminate pain. I can’t see anyone who would not want to jump on board for that one!
Just think about this. We are only talking about two specific things here today that are going on in our universe. If we can get the tooth and eye world to be clean, that would eliminate so much pressure on the environment – and fear for us in SO many ways – that we would take a huge leap forward to help the world around us stay clean. “Going Green” and cleaning up our ecosystem is NOT all in the imagination. It is NOT impossible; if we work together and remain ever-aware of the world around us, we can do it as a team!
This is our second-half! And with companies changing, people changing and regaining our pride in our world, and with amazing help from a publication like The Green Register, which ALWAYS stands up for America by being a solid helper, friend and guardian of all we hold dear – then this planet could become the healthiest it has EVER been!
Join us! Dirty Harry told you to, and you can’t get a better recommendation than that!
Until Next Time, Everybody!
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