We are living in a time of heightened awareness of all things environmental. Our hospital is converting everything to disposable items. The latest thing to shock me is the disposable scissors and forceps our hospital is using. Apparently it is cheaper to buy single use only ones instead of sterilising them. To me, they look no different to the ones we use to sterilise. We are also beginning to use alot of other materials that are hard to break down eg plastic aprons, gowns and sterile drapes made of materials that take thousands of years to break down. I mean, how much equipment do we throw away at the end of doing a dressing?No, I'm not a member of some environmental organisation. But we are supposed to be promoting health, and if we continue to fill our environment with this sort of garbage, what sort of legacy are we to be leaving our children?