Preserving value, redesigning waste

GreenMed is minimising the growing amount of clinical waste headed to landfill, while mitigating the need for further production and purchase of plastic products from fossil fuels via the implementation of the 'Keep me in the loop recycling initiative. For example, clean sterilisation wrap provides an excellent medium for high quality recycled products for use in the healthcare.

We are inviting you to join us in making the shift toward a clean, green resource strategy for the healthcare across Australia.

GreenMed was established in response to a need for hospital and clinical waste solutions.  

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.  

A hospital operating theatre.
Circular economy - make, use and recycle

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:

  • design out waste and pollution
  • keep products and materials in use
  • regenerate natural systems.

Time for change

It is time to change the optics on how single use clinical plastics are viewed. In order to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and single use plastics we need to re-create and extend the value of what we have already produced.

By capturing and recycling clean hospital plastic waste, we minimise the impact on our local environment by removing complete product streams from landfill, contribute to local economies via our engagement with local business and provide an onshore option for hospitals to purchase locally.

For example, collecting and recycling sterilisation wrap provides an ideal medium for producing high quality manufactured plastic products requiring no water use, releasing no chemicals or toxins and only responsible for a small energy and transport footprint. Our aim is to create products that can be recollected and re-recycled indefinitely, ensuring that we achieve the greatest ‘bang for our environmental buck’ in hospital plastic use right here in Australia.

A group of surgeons in a hospital operating theatre.

Will your hospital partner with us?

Together we can reduce wasted hospital resources, demands on landfill and reliance on fossil fuel derived, single use plastics in healthcare.

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What can we do?

01

Engage

Begin conversations with hospital groups and medical facilities whom share our desire to reduce the environmental burden of single use plastics in healthcare and make the shift toward a clean, green resource strategy for waste recovery in Australia's healthcare sector.

02

Establish

In conjunction with our client hospitals, inform and establish the GreenMed ‘Keep me in the loop' program by identifying and analysing exisiting collection & recycling systems where applicable, including collections and contracts. Establishing new waste recovery streams to divert into our loop and highlighting where we can value add via consultation.

03

Connections

Build community connections and stewardship. Our network continues to increase as we build our network with like minded businesses. Our partnerships with social enterprise employers across each state assist us with processing and preparation of sterilisation wrap for recycling as well as other materials we collect prior to final transportation and re-designation into new, functional, high volume plastic products for use in healthcare.

04

Action

Identifying specific locations for our for endorsed 'Keep Me In The Loop' collection stations throughout hospitals such as the OR, clean up rooms, CSSD departments, wards and the waste bays. Our receptacles are one of the greenest choices available and have been specifically selected for their suitability for the collection of bulky sterilisation tray wrap for recycling. GreenMed will provide 'train the trainer' style education resources for the use of these bins and our process to ensure each site will be equipped with ‘Champions’ to foster our 'Keep Me In The Loop' message and ensure diversion from landfill is maximised.

05

Consult

GreenMed prides itself in being the first of its kind to offer a complete closed loop solution to hospital and health care facilities who wish to make systemic change to their waste footprint. We make it easy, providing a single point of contact for your facility to engage the economic, social and environmental benefits of our circular waste recovery model for healthcare. GreenMed are always looking for novel ways to utilise the captured raw material we recover and are excited to partner with hospitals to develop new, practical and customised product lines that benefit both the user and the environment.

06

Agreement & Sign Up

Once your requirements have been identified and terms are in place, thats it.

  • Begin collection
  • Purchase green
  • Close the loop
  • Celebrate the diversion of wasted plastic resource

How will we do it?

01

Reduce

Reduce clean clinical waste going into landfill. We start by diverting and recycling sterilisation wrap to be redesigned and recreated. The recreation of this product and the subsequent market of recycled and recyclable clinical products has a significant flow on effect.

  • Replacing currently used SUP (single use plastic) products, common across every healthcare facility in Australia.
  • Reducing our reliance on petroleum derived plastics.
  • 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.

02

Awareness

GreenMed shines a light on plastics, changing optics on this material as we celebrate its valuable inherent properties. Once created, plastics have the ability to be recreated and repurposed far beyond a 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, showcasing what is possible in the use of recycled plastics for healthcare and beyond.

03

Educate

Empower individuals with the knowledge and understanding to make a real difference. Share the value of separation and capture of plastics in healthcare. How this can be easily achieved with the directed support and resources into our loop, repurposing for a multitude of uses including clinical products. We include staff in the development of workplace specific product development to grow the 'Keep Me In The Loop' recycled product groundswell, while developing an understanding of our circular model and its economic, social and environmental benefits.

04

Collect

Establish or enhance collection streams, capturing and diverting clean plastic materials from Australia's healthcare sector.

05

Redesign

Redesign and produce products that are practical, purposeful and most importantly, recyclable, providing hospitals a means to purchase back their captured, diverted and recreated plastic waste, extending life and value indefinitely.

06

Roll-out

The GreenMed ‘Keep Me In The Loop' program is available to all hospital and healthcare facilities with a desire to make meaningful and sustainable change within their organisations from 2021 on.

Our partners

Envorinex

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’.

Ability Enterprises

Ability Enterprises is a not-for-profit, social enterprise providing meaningful employment opportunities to marginalised individuals living in regional Queensland.

Through strategic community and corporate partnerships, we provide a social enterprise vehicle to support people living with mental illness.

Interested?
Please get in contact.

We are on a mission to change the way we all use resources. If you would like to discuss anything you have read, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We would love to partner with you as we preserve value, redefining waste.
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