HomeLink Healthcare is committed to playing our role in tackling the climate change emergency. We have joined forces with providers across the independent healthcare sector in committing to a new pledge to achieve ‘net zero’ emissions by 2035.
In the lead up to World Environment Day this year, HomeLink’s Social and Environmental Committee ran a competition for colleagues to submit ideas that HomeLink could implement to work towards achieving our aim of net zero emissions, for example, by reducing our carbon footprint or eliminating single use plastics.
In addition to an environmentally friendly prize for the winner, HomeLink has arranged for a tree to be planted with the National Trust on behalf of every colleague that submitted an idea.
Almost 50 ideas have all been submitted to the relevant departments for future consideration. The winning idea, that can be implemented immediately and will start a trend in our reduction of single-use plastics, was submitted by Peta Kerrigan, Associate Clinical Lead, Paget At Home, James Paget Hospital.
Peta suggested that we buy-in biodegradable aprons instead of single-use plastic aprons.
The judges from our Social and Environmental Committee felt that this initiative could be easily implemented and adopted in other areas. Surprisingly, biodegradable aprons are cheaper than plastic aprons, so this is cost-effective at the same time. This will be implemented in locations where we are responsible for providing our own PPE.
HomeLink is committed to building and maintaining a sustainable, environmentally friendly business and continues to regularly encourage ideas and feedback from colleagues on this topic.