The basis of our philosophy ‘preserving value, redesigning waste’ is grounded in our desire to facilitate healthcare providers to improve their environmental footprint at a local level.
We do this by engaging local businesses and transitioning away from the traditional linear ‘take, make, waste’ model that is common standard for clinical facilities across Australia.
GreenMed are proudly leading the way, offering a 100% closed loop and fully transparent model for healthcare waste in Australia.
GreenMed has established a circular economy, as defined by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation:
‘Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital’.
It is based on three principles:
It is time to change the optics on how single use clinical waste products are viewed. In order to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and virgin plastics we need to re-create and extend the value of what we have already produced.
By recycling clean hospital clinical waste, we minimise the impact on our local environment.
For example, the processing of clean hospital sterilisation wrap requires no water use, releases no chemicals or toxins and is only responsible for a small energy and transport footprint. Our aim is to create products that can be recollected and re-recycled multiple times, ensuring that we achieve the greatest ‘bang for our environmental buck’ in hospital plastic use.
Together we can reduce wasted hospital resources, demands on landfill and reliance on fossil fuel derived, single use virgin plastics.
Begin conversations with hospital groups and medical facilities whom share our desire to improve their environmental footprint and move toward a paradigm shift in how we view and use waste in Australia.
In conjunction with our client hospitals, inform and establish the GreenMed ‘Closed360’ process. This involves analysing each location and existing waste processes, including collections and contracts, identifying where our process could and should be applied and taking steps to implement with consultation.
Build community connections and stewardship through connections with disability support employers across each state; to assist with the processing and preparation of the wrap and other materials prior to final transport and redesignation into new, useful clinical products.
Identifying locations for our recommended collection receptacles within operating theatres, clean up rooms, CSSD departments, on the ward and the waste bay. Our receptacles are one of the greenest options on the market and have been selected specifically for their suitability for the collection of sterilisation tray wrap. GreenMed will provide 'train the trainer' style staff education on the use of these bins and our process to ensure each site will have ‘Champions’ to foster the process and ensure contamination is mitigated and diversion from landfill is maximised.
To liaise with hospital groups on product requirements, identifying areas of high consumption SUVP(single use virgin plastics) and substituting out for our green, recycled and recyclable product line. GreenMed are always looking for novel ways to utilise the hospital raw material collected and are excited to partner with hospitals to develop new, practical and customised product lines.
Via the establishment of the above, GreenMed requests that each client engages under contract with GreenMedical Pty Ltd for the rollout of the ‘Closed360’ process and the collection and control of the waste materials. This contract will also include an agreement to purchase back hospital waste via the GreenMed recycled clinical products line, ensuring we close the loop and establish a sustainable, clean circular economy.
Reduce clean clinical waste going into landfill by diverting blue sterilisation wrap to be redesigned and recreated. The recreation of this product and the subsequent market of recycled and recyclable clinical products will have a flow on effect. This is because it replaces SUVP (single use virgin plastic) products currently used across every health facility in Australia, reducing our reliance on fossil fuel derived plastics and establishing effective waste streams to catch this undervalued resource. GreenMed are proudly the only 100% closed loop, fully transparent model for healthcare waste in Australia.
GreenMed aims to shine a light on plastics, changing optics on this remarkable material with valuable inherent properties. Once created, plastics have the ability to be recreated and repurposed far beyond the single use application that is so commonplace in our world. The medical system has the opportunity to lead the way with a closed loop consumption of plastics for clinical use.
Empower individuals with the knowledge and understanding of how to make a real difference at a ground roots level. Educate staff of the value of plastics and how they can be easily collected and repurposed for medical use. Include staff in the development of workplace specific product development to grow the GreenMed recycled product line while building an understanding of a circular economy and its benefits.
Establish novel collection streams for clean clinical waste product removal and processing.
Redesign and produce products in consultation with hospital departments, to purchase back their recreated clinical waste extending life and value indefinitely.
Roll-out the GreenMed ‘Closed360’ process to all interested and willing hospital and healthcare facilities from January 2021.
With the Envorinex group operating nationally they are an integral part of making our program work with their expertise in reprocessing and remanufacturing used plastic materials into innovative 2nd life products that are again and again 100% recyclable.
‘Helping to sustainably improve Australia’s environmental footprint by collecting, recycling and remanufacturing waste plastic into 2nd life products by ‘Closing the Loop’.’