For an environmentally friendly supply chain, what we buy matters

Jeffrey Brown

September 1, 2015

Modern Healthcare

Hospitals and other healthcare providers buy $200 billion worth of products and services every year from businesses that serve the healthcare sector. Much of that spending—about 70%—is bought through group purchasing organizations.
Most hospitals know that the selection of products they buy and use can have a tremendous impact on their sustainability performance. Products might contain or release hazardous chemicals or materials during production, use or disposal, and disposable products, and excess packaging creates waste that exacerbates a product's harmful impact on the environment. In addition, the energy or water requirements to use medical equipment can vary greatly from one product to another. In the end, when a product's useful life expires, disposing of the product presents another series of environmental choices and impacts.