What does being more 'sustainable in dentistry' mean in practice and how can dental teams go about ensuring their practice has less of an impact on the environment?
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare has developed a free 'How To' Guide as a practical resource for dental staff wishing take action to make their practice more sustainable.
The NHS is committed to reduce its carbon footprint by 80% by 2050, a target set in the Climate Change Act, 2008.
Recent research by Duane et al (2017) illustrated that the carbon footprint of dentistry is different from other areas of healthcare, with travel being the largest contributor.
The guide is organised into Sections covering the different components of the carbon footprint and highlights actions that can save money, reduce carbon and are easy to implement: including travel, equipment and supplies, energy, waste, biodiversity and green space and measuring and embedding sustainability.
You can also read more about our 4 principles of sustainable dentistry on our website.
Darshini Ramasubbu, CSH Sustainability Fellow
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