There is no bad time to consider how your private practice impacts the environment. However, with Earth Day just around the corner, there is no time like the present! From reducing paper waste to using environmentally friendly products, here are 5 tips to help make your practice more sustainable and earth friendly.
1 | Use EcoLens from Rollens
Our revolutionary new EcoLens is a true innovation for healthcare! It has the same quality and features that you know and love from Rollens, but is made of 46% plant-based materials. By using bio-based products, it helps to reduce the nation’s reliance on petroleum and helps increase demand for renewable resources. This in turn reduces adverse environmental and health impacts in our communities. And we are also proud to share that our new EcoLens has already won a sustainability award by our manufacturing supplier, which is in line with their United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals!
2 | Replace Other Disposable Products with Environmentally Friendly OptionsThere are plenty of other items in your office that you can replace with other options that are biobased, compostable or reusable. Now we aren’t suggesting that you reuse gloves, but plastic rinse cups can be changed over to reusable or compostable options. You can also consider switching to reusable stainless steel tips and stream sterilization. Not only is it good for the environment, but it can also save you over $3,000 a year!
3 | Go Paperless
Living in the digital age can also help you make your practice more sustainable. Going paperless by emailing receipts to patients plus digital imaging and patient charting can help you save trees and money. Also consider switching your marketing tactics over from traditional mailers to digital advertising to cut more paper use. In fact, it’s a great way to get new patients, particularly Millennials, who are known to distrust traditional advertising methods.
4 | Recycle
Cut down on what goes to landfills by participating in recycling programs. Many trash companies also have options for recycling, which can help you cut down on waste from the office, including employee lunches! Look into instrument recycling programs that refurbish instruments and provide them to those in need, rather than them ending up in a landfill after being thrown out. Also make sure that you are properly disposing of medical waste, including working with medical and hazardous waste companies. Another option is to invest in an EPA-approved amalgam separator, which removes 95% of amalgam waste for recycling.
5 | Simple Steps
Some other simple steps that you can do include making sure you turn lights off in exam rooms or break rooms when not in use, switching over to LED or fluorescent lights, and turning off electronics before leaving the office at the end of the day. And during the summer, set your thermostat to 75 degrees to reduce your energy use.