Our Ecological Footprint

Every year, we are working to make our personal and business’ ecological footprint lower.

Reviewing our current situation and what we can do better is important because, many things we are told to do are actually not effective. For instance 90% of plastic put in the recycling bins are actually too hard to recycle.

In permaculture and natural health philosophies , the best practice is to support and re-use what we have, and when not possible, then use natural products, and reduce hard-to-recycle products (usually processed ones).

 For this reason, I am starting to ask my patients to return their products so that they can be safely cleaned and re-used.

After some research:
– I am planning to use products that can be more or less indefinitely re-used as it is better than recycling into a new product.
– I will spend more times so that products are cleaned and sanitised so that the prescriptions are still 100% safe.
– I will reduce the use of new products, especially the one hard to recycle.
– If these are not possible, then the use of products that can be recycled will be favoured.

Here is what you can do with your prescription (you are welcome to opt out of this process):

 

ITEM, YOU MAY FIND WHAT YOU CAN RETURN TO REDUCE AND RE-USE WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE
Glass bottles, any size ٧

The medicine inside can be professionally cleaned with hot water and hot air.

 

 

USE YOUR COUNCIL RECYCLING FACILITY

Droppers and caps ٧

These can also be cleaned and sanitised, with hot water but warm air.

 

USE YOUR COUNCIL RECEYCLING FACILITY

Hard Plastic dispensers for pills ٧

The transparent plastic top is single use but can be purchased separately and is easily recycled.

 

 

 

USE YOUR COUNCIL RECYCLING FACILITY

Plastic Bag for homeopathic pills Æ

These can not be easily cleaned.

PUT IN YOUR BLACK BIN (LANDFILL)

These are actually poorly recycled and will be discarded as soon as feasible.

 

Jiffy Envelopes ٧

They can be re-used 5 or 6 times with your address or someone else address..

PUT IN YOUR BLACK BIN (LANDFILL)

Current biodegradable options actually end up the landfill.

I am working to find a better alternative when I am out of stock

Packaging Bubble wrapping

They are necessary for glass bottles,

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While hard to recycle, they can be re-used more or less indefinitely if no cello tape are used.

PUT IN YOUR BLACK BIN (LANDFILL)

Current biodegradable options actually end up the landfill.

I am working to find a better alternative when I am out of stock

Any elastic band or paper clips

 

٧ FEEL FREE TO RE-USE YOURSELF
Containers for branded supplements (Higher Nature, Nutri-advanced, etc…)

 

 

USE YOUR COUNCIL RECYCLING FACILITY

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Other information on my business ecological footprint
– The clinic uses 100% green energy (electricity), including from our own solar panels.
– Cycling & public transport is used most of the time instead of driving for business meetings or post office deliveries.
– For the clinic and home toilets, ecological friendly soap and detergents are only used.
– Computer and other equipment are never upgraded except if completely broken. They are fully recycled by our IT provider, World of Computer.
– I am working on sourcing use organic herbs and products when feasible.