Healthcare as an industry is particularly wasteful and toxic. A study, conducted by Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT, which was published in Sustainability, is the first comprehensive LCA exploring the environmental impact of a remanufactured single-use medical device compared to the take-make-dispose use of single-use original devices.
Sustaining value after the end-of-life to improve products’ circularity and sustainability has attracted an increasing number of industrial actors, policymakers, and researchers. Medical products are considered to have great remanufacturing potential because they are often designated as single-use products and consist of various complex materials that cannot be reused and are not significant in municipal recycling infrastructure. . .
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