Archive Going Green 2010

Making the Case for Leaner, Greener Surgical Supplies

Reducing waste at the source is better for the environment and better for your bottom line.

Catherine Zimmer, MS, BSMT


Source reduction vs. recycling
Source reduction is the elimination of waste at the source. A simple example would be using a washable porcelain cup instead of a disposable paper one for drinking water. Recycling, while a good strategy when waste is inevitable, is not source reduction — it's a method of waste management.

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