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Living Plastic Free

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Jess Roses
Jess Roses

I am disabled, and as part of my current treatment regimen I use three IV bags daily, plus a huge amount of small plastic prep items and tubing, and supplies for my chest port as well, which I change twice weekly. As a result, I garner up massive amounts of single use plastics daily. some of this is for reasons of sterility and contamination, but much of it is purely due to the cheap plastics used by medical manufacturers (which then directly hit my bloodstream / but that is a separate problem to address). These plastics are often nonrecyclable. Here is a collection of single use nonrecyclable materials I must use nightly as an individual. (no indentifying information is visible).





I have reached out to Merck, the parent company of many of the plastic supplies i use, multiple times and I am still waiting on a reply about what their long term plan is. Or any reply at all, despite follow ups.


For now, I have to accept my reality but also continue educating on the potential harm of medical supplies to our world, even as they save lives. If I can make people aware, maybe more voices of dissent will join in. However, for now, this is my reality. The biggest thing I can do is make a net positive difference, so I try to pick up trash on a daily walk and reuse or recycle whatever I can at home. I try to educate others without growing too frustrated in my own situation, and just believe that the time will come where things can change. However, this is not the the problem of any individual - it is the problem of hospitals, insurances, and medical manufacturers to fix.




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