Coronavirus: What happens to medical waste?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the world, some of you may be wondering what happens to single-use medical equipment once it’s been used.

This article explores the topic of medical waste in the UK, outlines the various types, and explains what happens to each at the end of its lifetime.

In particular, with regards to the coronavirus outbreak, there is currently a lot of discussion around PPE, which stands for Personal Protective Equipment. This will be covered below.

Medical waste must be dealt with separately from general waste. This is to avoid the spread of infection and to prevent the general public and the environment from coming to any harm as a result of the waste.

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How to reduce your restaurant or cafe’s plastic waste

Research suggests that one-quarter of all waste in England is created by its businesses. This waste is composed of general waste, food waste, plastic, cardboard, and glass – although, if not properly sorted and collected by a reputable waste management company, it could all be classed as general waste and sent to landfill.

As a restaurant or cafe owner, you are well-placed to make a difference when it comes to waste — not only for the planet but for your business’s budget, too.

When running an establishment that serves food and drink, there are plenty of really simple switches you can make in order to eliminate plastic from the menu; particularly single-use plastic which gets binned after just one use.

Let’s take a look at some of the changes you can make – from table to takeaways.

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A guide to cloth menstrual pads

We recently published a guide to menstrual cups, but not everyone can use menstrual cups or likes the idea of them.

Another more sustainable alternative to single-use menstrual products is the cloth pad, and so this blog post takes a look at that — what cloth pads are, how to use them, and all of the benefits and drawbacks of them.

Let’s start at the start with what they are.

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How to be eco-friendly in death

While we usually tackle eco-friendly matters of life, this blog is instead going to look at the matter of death and your choices for what happens to your body.

According to the Cremation Society of Great Britain, 75 per cent of the population currently opts for cremation after death, with the majority of the rest choosing traditional burial.

While the population is ever-keener to live more sustainably, it would appear that not many of us are considering our post-life choices and how they could be changed to be kinder to the planet.

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A guide to menstrual cups

In this guide, we’ll take a look at what menstrual cups are, how you use them, and the pros and cons of their use.

What is a menstrual cup?

A menstrual cup is a period product that fits inside the vagina and collects period blood. They are made from soft, flexible materials such as silicone and rubber, making them reusable, unlike tampons and pads.

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Eco-friendly date ideas for Valentine’s Day

It’s the month of love and, if you’re an eco-conscious couple, how better to celebrate your relationship on Valentine’s Day than by enjoying a sustainable date night together?

Of course, you could head to the local cinema or enjoy a meal cooked together at home, but if you’ve exhausted those options or they don’t feel very romantic to you anymore, then we’ve got a variety of options you might enjoy more.

We have pulled together a collection of great sustainable dates below for you to enjoy with your partner on Valentine’s Day — or any other day of the year!

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Eco-friendly alternatives to disposable nappies

If you have recently given birth to a little bundle of joy or are currently parenting a toddler, then you’ll definitely know your way around a nappy by now!

If you are pregnant with a little one on the way, then you may have started researching all the bits and bobs that are part of life with a baby, too.

Nappies account for 2-3 per cent of all household waste in the UK, according to Wrap, and each baby gets through between 4,000 and 6,000 before they are potty trained.

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How to create eco-friendly party bags

Planning a party for your child can be a stressful affair at the best of times, so it can be tempting to grab a bunch of whatever you can get your hands on when it comes to the party favours. After all, kids tend to just be excited about the notion of the bag.

However, if you’ve ever taken a moment to think about what you are sending each child home with, your conscience is probably telling you it’s time to take a step back and give more thought to what you are handing out.

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How to avoid fast fashion & dress more sustainably

When you go shopping online or on the high street, do you do it because you need new clothes or because you want new clothes?

While buying new clothes may seem innocuous enough, the truth is that fast fashion is highly unsustainable and therefore a bad choice for our planet (and our wallets).

Not only this but some fast fashion is made unethically.

While you may want to wear the very latest fashions, there are many alternative options out there for how to enjoy fashion and style in an eco-friendlier and more ethical way.

We have gathered together some great ideas below for avoiding fast fashion.

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