MSF undertakes to reduce the use of plastic in its projects
Plastic is polluting the whole planet. It crops up everywhere: in the depths of the oceans, on paths in the remotest forests, in Arctic ice and on beaches. More than 90% of the materials used to manufacture plastics consists of fossil fuels, so there is an urgent need for everybody - every organisation and every individual - to adopt plans to reduce the use of plastic.
In the medical sector, the issue of eliminating and recycling personal protection equipment (PPE) such as masks, gowns, gloves, etc., and medical waste is crucial. MSF is fully involved in efforts to find solutions to ensure rational management of this equipment from the ecological point of view.
Among other initiatives, MSF has launched a sustainable supply project and set up ‘green teams’ of volunteers in more than 15 countries, who are conducting mitigation campaigns at local level, particularly to raise awareness and reduce plastic pollution.
A project has also been launched in Uganda to develop an alternative to the millions of bags we use each year to distribute medicines to our patients. The aim is to replace them with ecologically harmless bags by providing an alternative which makes it possible to use local resources and know-how so as to add positive social value to this ecological project.
Lastly, the 2020-2023 action plan of the Brussels operational centre set the objective of adjusting the supply chain of its projects as much as possible in order to reduce, reuse or recycle materials or equipment such as mosquito nets or transport containers. These various measures are a key element in efforts to attain our plastic waste reduction targets.Find out more: