Single use plastic
Between 4.8 and 12.7 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year, according to figures published in the journal Science in 2015. Plastic can enter the ocean as large, identifiable items or as microplastics - pieces under five mm in length.
These microplastics are consumed by fishes and other marine life. They concentrate up the food chain and affect the large predators like whales and sharks. The rate of still births amongst whales is increasing probably because these toxic plastic components poison the whale’s fetus in utero.
We are committed to reducing plastic waste. Starting in 2019, we are doing the following:
- replacing all disposable gowns, drapes, and other material that contain plastic with reusable cloth products
- no longer accepting advertising material from pharmaceutical representatives
- re-using products that don’t require sterility
- pressuring our cosmeceutical accounts to offer recycling and re-use programs for their products packaging
Single use plastic is not sustainable. Plastic is poisoning our oceans. We must change.