WHERE DO GREENLEAF SURGICAL GOWNS FIT INTO CURRENT SURGICAL CLINICAL PRACTICE? 


As a single fibre biodegradable surgical gown, Greenleaf leaf surgical gowns have a place in low carbon surgical environments when a reusable gown may be considered unsuitable. 

 

WHY NOT USE REUSABLE GOWNS?


Reusable surgical gowns are made from petrochemical microfibre based fabric, which again poses challenges in terms recycling due to the mixed fibre based composition at the end of the product life. The process of washing reuseable surgical gowns results in thousands of plastic microfibres leaching into the water system as industrial washing machines lack the ability to effectively filter out this microplastic, in turn contributing to the oceans microplastic pollution (2) There is limited data to support the effectiveness of reusable gowns for bloodborne pathogen penetration after multiple wash/dry cycles, including sterilization between each cycle, as well as continuing concerns about cross infection (2) Gown comfort and fit are important factors for healthcare professionals and is often a common complaint by end users of reusable gowns due to poor breathability and permeability. During longer duration surgical settings re-useable gowns tend to lack wearer comfort due to negligible air permeability leading to poor thermal comfort.(3)

 

WHAT ABOUT YOUR PACKAGING OF THESE GOWNS? 

 

Will your packaging contribute to the single use plastic problem?
Greenleaf surgical aims to provide a circular solution which includes packaging. We are working with our packaging suppliers to minimise packaging and to remove the plastics in our packaging that cannot be recycled. 


WHAT ABOUT THE PRICE OF YOUR SURGICAL GOWNS?


The pricing of our surgical gowns will be reflective of the current whole costs of surgical gowns used by hospitals and clinics

 

HOW WILL YOU COLLECT AND DISPOSE OF THESE SURGICAL GOWNS?


Working with a waste partner our surgical gowns will be placed in dedicated waste bins which will then be collected and processed. We are currently developing waste collection process with hospitals and clinics which includes support for surgical staff to make segregation as easy as possible.

 


References.
1. DeFalco F, DiPace E, Cocca M, Avella M. The contribution of washing processes of synthetic clothes to microplastic pollution. Nature Scientific Reports, 2019; 6633 (9): 1-11
2. McQuerry M, Easter E, Cao A. Disposable versus reusable medical gowns: A performance comparison. Am. J. Infect. Control 2021; 49: 563-570