Hopefully we've all spent at least a bit of time thinking about the environment as we wrap up volunteer week, which started on Earth Day on Monday.
MRG jumped the gun a little last Friday, about 20 of us headed over to a local park in the afternoon to pick up garbage. At first, we were seeing nothing much worse than cigarette butts, but once we waded more into the periphery we got to the good stuff: empty pop cans, cardboard boxes, plastic bags, lost tennis balls, and water bottles filled with a mysterious blue liquid. Of course, when I signed up for the afternoon clean-up I was picturing a sunny day in my head and was pretty unprepared for the uncooperative weather we had. Not only was there a horribly cold wind, but it poured rain at one point and the ponchos we were provided (unsurprisingly) proved pretty inadequate in a torrential rain storm. So I went home that day pretty wet and muddy and reminded that I definitely need to invest in some solid rain boots.
But, nonetheless, I'm happy that I was able to do my bit for the environment, and hopefully we can do more events like that in the future.
In honour of Earth Day, I also want to point you to this recent MD+DI article on sustainability within the medtech supply chain. It's all well and good for the big medtech names to be making sustainability efforts, but they're increasingly relying on various parts and materials sourced from contract manufacturers, and what they do can reflect on the overall brand (see the recent illegal tissue or horse meat scandals for some more extreme examples of this supply chain issue). As a result, some medtech companies are now asking their suppliers to engage in more sustainable manufacturing the example in this article is Johnson & Johnson.
Good on you, J&J.