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Environmentally Preferable Purchasing: What We Buy Matters 

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing: What We Buy Matters
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Environmentally Preferable Purchasing: What We Buy Matters
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Kathy Gerwig

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10.1093/med/9780199385836.003.0007
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date: 28 May 2020

The U.S. health care industry spends more than $200 billion a year on supplies. That’s a lot of purchasing power. Environmentally preferable purchasing in health care includes asking suppliers for products that are easily recyclable or reusable, and products that do not contain chemicals of concern. Buying products that can be reprocessed saves hospitals at Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente millions of dollars a year while reducing waste. Environmental considerations in purchasing include energy consumption, waste generation, and toxic ingredients. Hospitals are collaborating on environmentally preferably purchasing through the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI). EPP in health care

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