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Circularity of plastics and textiles in the healthcare sector (CircleHealth)

Circularity of plastics and textiles in the healthcare sector (CircleHealth)

Initial steps for reducing use of virgin plastics and textiles resources and promoting circularity have been taken at front runner hospitals, but no organized or systematic efforts have been made until now. Circular public procurement is very immature and 6% of Denmark’s GHG emissions currently derive from the healthcare sector. Design manuals and practices for circularity are at an immature level causing extensive and complex wastefractions.

The activity aims to map and analyze plastic and textile flows within the healthcare value chain, with the objective of proposing initiatives across the value chains for minimizing the CO2 emissions from the flow of materials. It includes initiatives such as design of products, adoptions to consumption patterns, using public procurement as a driver for innovation and better utilization of end-of-life products.

Participating partners: Alexandra Institute, Aarhus University, Design School Kolding, Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde University, Region Sjælland, Region Midt, MidtVask, Abena, BEWI, Circular Denmark A/S and Region Hovedstaden.

Project Leader

Kristian Syberg