My project focuses on how the medical community contributes to plastic pollution, and the effects this has on our oceans. It works towards Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Life Below Water). It also discusses 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and 13 (Climate Action), as they are all interconnected. I have made a website to highlight these ideas.
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This is outlined on the website as well, but the first step in this plan is to reduce plastic use. For non-medical purposes this is easier than it may seem – stop using plastic straws, plastic utensils, plastic water bottles. Essentially any single use plastics can be eliminated. Reusable plastic is not as much of an issue, and can be addressed after single use plastics are banned. In the medical field, eliminating these plastics is more difficult, as they help with ensuring everything is sterile. As there are currently no great alternatives, the best option is to establish great recycling plans at hospitals. In addition, some packaging is excessive and can be limited. This plan is best put into action through legislation and informing the public about how pressing the issues are in order to make people personally invested in the cause.
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