After the call for a ban on #single-use #plastics in the food and beverage industry, we could expect the healthcare sector to be affected in the same way, as an example, look at the likely ban of non-biodegradable cotton buds. So, what will consumers look at next?
But, in some segment, as #medical and #pharma it is crucial to move from #reuse material to #single-use plastic, and it is time for independent packaging experts to communicate with consumers that #disposable plastic does not always represent the devil for human but also his salvation!
Many instruments previously shipped in (non-sterile) metal cases for hospital autoclaving are now moving into #sterile disposable #packaging, leading to significant changes in the supply chain. The main driver of this change is the risk of cross-contamination.
Taking another example of the syringe: WHO has stated that the use of the same syringe or needle to give injections to more than one person results in the spread of a number of deadly infectious diseases worldwide.
With 16 billion injections per year, an intelligent syringe that locks up and breaks if a second use is attempted has been developed.