The Ocean Protection Project

Across the UK and Ireland our healthcare system disposes of approx 650,000 tonnes of waste.

The world’s first fully synthetic plastic was invented in 1907, therefore the problem with plastic waste is relatively new. Since then it is believed over 8000 million metric tonnes of plastic has been produced, from which only 9% has been recycled, 12% has been incinerated and the remaining 79% has ended up accumulating in our natural environment, either in landfill or dumped as waste. Plastics are recognised as the most substantial pollutant in our oceans, accounting for 92% of all marine litter in our seas.

Production rates of plastic are expected to double in the next few decades. Currently over 10 million tonnes of plastic enters our ocean annually and with these increasing production rates, it is therefore likely that plastic accumulation in our oceans will increase dramatically too. To actively contribute to positive environmental change on a day to day basis, one of the best ways is to implement “reduce”, “reuse” and ”recycle”. It is to the reduction of waste we feel can directly support The Ocean Protection Project, in changing procurement decisions in order to reduce the volume of surgical / clinical waste.

How we are supporting the Ocean Protection Project

Our Ocean Protection Project range of Laparoscopic Instruments can potentially reduce waste generation up to approx 78%

Together with reducing the consequent waste volume from these products, our Ocean Protection Project range will also deliver cost savings for the theatre department. As pack sizes are smaller, the products are easier to store in your department as they take up less space. In addition for every box of instruments purchased below, Operating Room Systems will donate £1/€1 to the Ocean Protection Project.

• Less Waste     • Less Space Required     • Less Expensive

In an effort to reduce the volume of single use plastic and waste in surgery, Operating Room Systems is supporting a new innovative range of part disposable/part reusable laparoscopic surgical devices . A full and extensive range of clip cartridges and laparoscopic graspers are available in this range, suitable for Paediatric, Bariatric and all clinical disciplines of Laparoscopic surgery. For each box used, £1 / €1 will go to supporting the conservation work of our charity partner.

International Non-Profit Cleaning The Ocean

BIG BLUE HAVE REMOVED OVER 2 MILLION KG OF RUBBISH FROM THE OCEANS AND WE ARE ON A MISSION TO END OCEAN POLLUTION.

Big Blue Ocean Cleanup are one of the world’s leading ocean cleanup non-profits. We help keep the oceans clean, protect marine wildlife, provide free educational resources and support the development of innovative technologies. Big Blue Ocean Cleanup inspires every generation to take action and protect our blue planet.

Visit: https://www.bigblueoceancleanup.org/