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Procure IV bags and tubing made from bio-based plastics (free from industrial chemicals such as PVC)

SDG Alignment

9. Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation

UN SDG Target


Target Description

By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities

Level of Effort

Level of Effort Scale


1 -Quick Wins: solution involves adding criteria for the good or service being purchased (ex: certifications), minimal internal process changes.

2 -Long Term Adoption: solution requires some changes to internal processes and/or more capital investment (ex: digital transformation to reduce paper use).

3 – Disruptive Opportunities: requires significant investment and changes to internal processes (ex: retrofitting building)

Category Assessment


1. Perform an inventory audit to assess the quantity of IV bags and tubing stock maintained in your inventory and the suppliers you procure them from.

2. Determine the material that the IV bags and tubing you use is sourced from.

3. Analyze your current IV and tubing waste sort and disposal in place and identify gaps in the process.

4. Research the viability of the possible switch to bio-based plastics products.

5. Identify potential suppliers or check with existing ones, to procure bio-based products with the right quality certifications and approvals.

Opportunity Identification 

Promote a brand image based on goodwill and opportunity to market such bio-based products to your clients.

Reduce IV bags and tubing - plastic wastes in the landfills by use of bio-based plastics.

Strategy Build & Execution

1. Based on your inventory audit, allow the present stock of plastic products to run out.

2. Align with your stakeholders on the reasons and benefits from the adoption of the new change.

3. Develop and implement concise training programs and materials for the associated staff to follow for the proper disposal, waste sort, and management practices of the new bio-based products.

4. Establish measures for effective tracking and monitoring.

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

1. Engage with suppliers to assess their products procurement practice, to understand and confirm that their products and delivery methods are sustainable.

2. Leverage this business creation in exchange for discounted rates and include warranty clauses in the contract as assurance in case of compromise in quality of product delivered (mitigate risk).

3. Encourage suppliers to discuss their sustainable practices and potential with their other clients.

4. Encourage your suppliers to have their own recycling program which will add to their leverage in negotiations with other clients and hence, create business value.

Supplier Performance & Management

1. Conduct regular quality checks on the bio-based products for functionality and compare results - this can be done by establishing a baseline based on the regular plastic products and comparing with the recorded information of bio-based IV bag effectiveness during use, ease of use. etc.).

2. Perform an internal review after the change has been implemented to evaluate the commercial and environmental impacts and request feedback/reviews from the related staff.

3. Evaluate suppliers' standards and certifications attained for their bio-based product offerings and request info on their end-of-life machine recycling or disposal programs.

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