It is possible, through simple actions and small changes in our daily routines, to make a real difference in reducing the environmental impact of plastic. This same outcome, however, is much more difficult to achieve in certain sectors. The healthcare industry is an example of this problem, with single-use plastics constituting 85% of instruments used. This has been considered essential to ensure hygienic and sanitary standards required to guarantee safety and effectiveness. Plastic made its appearance in hospital wards in the 1970s, slowly replacing many existing instruments that were originally made of metal or glass, and which had to undergo expensive sterilisation procedures in order to be safe to use. The advent of plastic allowed for a series of benefits, includi...