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Biodegradable plastic!

The production of biodegradable plastics has jumped from 1.5M metric tons to almost 5.3M in recent years, but are these materials are helping, or hurting the environment? Biodegradable (oxo-degradable) plastics …

The future for GHASP (formally GASP)

GHASP (formally GASP) is a great example how hierarchy does not matter in environmental sustainability. It is an excellent example of the importance of collaboration and what can be achieved …

Climate change and us

In this presentation above, Dr Max Clayton-Smith and Dr Sangita Kindred explain how to measure carbon footprint. The video voice over is by Dr Manu-Priya Sharma. Max Clayton-Smith is a …

Being procurement smart

Dr Jonny Groome will now discuss how to be procurement smart! In the video Dr Groome discusses the Net zero supplier roadmap Net zero supplier roadmap From April 2022: all …

Procurement

In this video Dr Jonny Groome will discuss what things you may wish to consider when procuring drugs and products. The 4 phases of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) A. Defining …

Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR)

As we saw in the previous section pharmaceutical (chemical) contamination of our waterways is a big concern, and the one that may affect us most in healthcare is anti-microbial resistance …

Wellbeing

The recent Covid-19 (2019-2023) pandemic reminded us all that human health is inextricably connected to planetary, economic and societal health and wellbeing. We need to be invested in long-term changes …

Definitions

We will start by looking at some key definitions commonly used in the field of environmental sustainability. We will be using these definitions throughout the three weeks of the course. …

Case study: Reducing waste – UK

In this slide show we will hear from the Barts Health NHS Trust Waste Management team and learn about all amazing work they have been doing behind the scenes. In …

Case study: Reducing healthcare waste – India

Aravind Eye Hos­pital in India generated an average of 0.25 kg of waste per phacoemulsifica­tion procedure, two-thirds of which is recycled. In contrast, the 3 participating U.S. medical centres generated …

Medical waste

The Groningen artist Maria Koijck and her daughter Eva Glasbeek won a prize in Milan with a film about all the waste that was left after her breast cancer operation. …

What are healthcare institutions doing?

In this video we will her from Dr Toseef Din. She is the CEO of M.P. Shah Hospital in Kenya. They have achieved amazing things through the teamwork and dedication …

What are governments doing?

So far, we have discussed what climate change is and how it affects us.  In this section we will explore steps that are being taken on an international and national …

What is healthcare doing?

In the video we will hear from Natalia Kurek. She is the Deputy Director of A Greener NHS. She will describe the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) National Health Service (NHS) green …

Plastics

Plastic is more problematic than we think. Ninety-nine percent of plastics are created from fossil fuels, producing 2 gigatonnes of CO2 per year, either as the feedstock to create the …