Blue Finnsurgical waste
The Blue Finn wire frame chair is a highly stackable, multifunctional chair with a plastic seat and back made from at least 85% recycled Bluewrap (wrapping for keeping medical instruments sterile).
Precision, reliability and optimum hygiene is literally a matter of life and death. The supply of sterile instruments for operating theatres is therefore also a top priority for hospitals. To keep these instruments sterile, they are covered with wrapping material, in many cases: Bluewrap. And although this waste material cannot be prevented, reducing waste is an important objective for every hospital.
The raw material
Bluewrap consists of 100% polypropylene, so-called meltblown and spunbond homopolypropylene. Bluewrap does not look like plastic but rather like a fibrous material. Nevertheless, polypropylene is easy to recycle. However, it does require a different recycling process than, for example, the recycling of PET bottles. Bluewrap is used, discarded and then collected in cooperation with a waste collector.
Every year, thousands of kilos of Bluewrap are thrown away. A shame! That is what the hospitals think and that is what we think as well! That is why we, together with Bywyd and our other chain partners, have looked for a solution to process this residual material.
Hospitals LUMC and Meander are – just like the Green OR and waste processor PreZero – involved in the process from the beginning. Social work and development company Tiem is helping to remove the tape and injection-moulding company Timmerije is making the new parts for the chair.