In recent years, Hospitals have increasingly committed to green efforts by going beyond protecting and furthering the potential of patients to doing so for the environment. Hospitals have experimented with a range of eco-friendly solutions, including ‘’paperless record keeping to energy-conserving boilers, green roofs and on-site power plants’’ according to Healthcare Administration Degree Programs, however most have yet to take on the immense issue of foodservice disposable waste.
Across the nation, hospitals create over 7,000 tons of waste every day according to the EPA. The World Health Association found similar data and reported that the care of each hospital or nursing home occupant generates 6 pounds of waste per day. One of the leading segments of this waste is generated in hospital cafeterias and foodservice establishments which hold a vital positions in a hospitals overall environmental impact. Hospital foodservice operations poise a unique environmental problem due to the fact they operate 24/7/365 (unlike other institutions such as schools, churches, offices and restaurants which operate on limited hours) and therefore produce much more waste. With each hospital’s cafeterias, coffee shops and cafes serving up thousands of meals daily to patients, visitors and staff, it’s time to examine the environmental impact of the foodservice disposables accompanying these meals and the solutions which could render massive environmental benefit.
The Association of American Medical Colleges, recognizes the importance of going green in medical institutions as a method to improve public health. By reducing the amount of new materials harvested, fossil fuels burned, and harmful chemicals used in plastics (such as BPA), hospitals are having a positive effect on the community by decreasing the amount of harmful microorganisms that could harm public health.
Selecting foodservice disposables that are biodegradable or sourced from eco-friendly upcycled materials is an excellent method to minimize waste. These materials do not need end of life management that requires additional resources to manage in a hospital as they can simply be disposed of into a garbage disposal where they will not cause harm to the environment.
Given consumer interest in sustainability within the goods and services the purchase, it is no surprise consumers are evaluating hospitals and clinics on the basis of eco-consciousness. According to a Johnson & Johnson poll, 60% of patients consider green initiatives when choosing a hospital. The poll also reports that more than half of patients said that sustainability efforts help improve overall health outcomes. These are certainly valuable statistics for hospitals and medical institutions to see the importance of eco-friendly initiatives in terms of marketing and patient interest. It is crucial that hospital’s internal foodservice managers as well as distributors are aware of this emerging trend to fulfill consumer need and win the market.
Transitions2earth's collections of foodservice disposables include biodegradable, compostable and upcycled materials that are perfect for use in hospitals, clinics or any healthcare institution. Transitions2earth products require no end of life management, meaning they can be simply thrown away into a trash disposal and ultimately a landfill where they will cause no harm to the environment. Transitions2earth's foodservice disposables make serving Hospital patients, visitors and staff easily eco-friendly and an effective solution to the growing crisis of environmental waste within Hospitals.