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Recognizing that human health is connected to the health of the planet, healthcare providers and suppliers are making strides to reduce their environmental impact. A major component of this is through greener products and supplies.
Lara Sutherland, an expert in sustainable purchasing, can attest to this. As Director of Business Membership for Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading membership organization dedicated to sustainable healthcare, she sees firsthand how suppliers are revamping product formulas, changing manufacturing processes, and introducing reusable components and recyclable materials, among many other initiatives.
She cited the Johnson & Johnson internal Earthwards® process of product lifecycle analysis as an example. “They’re doing some incredible stuff,” Sutherland said. “I haven’t seen anything else like it. Earthwards® is aptly phrased: Toward improvement. They really want to do something that helps the environment.”