Sustainable healthcare procurement
Several regions in Sweden are examining the climate impact of healthcare systems and identifying the use of single-use products such as plastic bin bags, gloves, and protective clothing as being the main problems. In southern Sweden, about 41% of emissions were estimated to come from the production and use of such products.
In one region, Örebro, local authorities are working on adapting work routines and sustainable procurement principles to reduce the use of single-use products in the healthcare system. Some categories of products that are being considered include medicine cups, shoe covers and plastic bin bags.