International impact for recent study into plastics at Sussex Community
24 November 2021
By Hayley Carmichael
Sussex Community partnered with Healthcare Without Harm on a project to measure plastic waste at the Trust. The two year project has culminated in a detailed report to support all healthcare organisations globally in reducing plastic use.
Sussex Community are one of the few NHS Trusts that are members of Health Care Without Harm Europe. The Trust was fortunate to be invited to take part in a global study on plastic waste in healthcare. The Care Without Carbon team led on the Trust’s involvement, measuring plastic waste at Crawley Hospital site over a two year period.
The findings have enabled Health Care Without Harm to produce a comprehensive report on how plastic use can be reduced in healthcare settings, without impacting on patient care.
You can find the report called Measuring and Reducing Plastics in the Healthcare Sector here which includes a useful toolkit for teams to support them in tacking action on their plastic use with practical guidance for every step of the process.
We’re proud of our part in making this report happen, and encourage teams to take a look. As the NHS strives to meet a challenging Net Zero Carbon by 2040 target this is good timing for teams to be thinking about the ways they can reduce their impact on the environment.