As a rule of thumb, if you want to make your physical therapy clinic eco-friendlier, stick to following the 3R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Most green clinics have a solid recycling program and understand the value of reusing assets (it’s not like you’re going to buy a new heart rate monitor every time you use it), but what steps does your clinic take to reduce the amount of waste it can produce in the first place? The good news, reducing waste is all about taking preventative measures! That is, the more thought you put into your purchases, the less waste you’ll ultimately be producing. For today’s blog post, we want to share 5 ways your clinic can reduce equipment waste.
Reduce Your Clinic Waste
Go with All-in-One Machine Options
Save office space (and office money) by investing in machines that combine multiple functions into a single device. If you have a separate printer, scanner, and fax machine, reconsider your purchases. Look for options to go with equipment that combines tasks. Instead of buying everyone separate towers and monitors for their workstations, opt to go with computers that have built-in monitors. Each combo you purchase means one less dedicated machine you wind up throwing out.
Consider Leasing Your Equipment
If you’re acquiring new equipment, take some time to learn about possible lease options for that role. Not only can this help cut back on creating waste, it can also save you some money when it comes time to upgrade your equipment as many lease programs come with a built-in buy-back program.
Invest in Upgradeable Gear
Often enough, reducing equipment waste comes hand in hand with reducing clinic costs. Which brings us to our third tip. When you’re making equipment purchases for your clinic, opt for equipment that can grow with you over time. If you’re constantly throwing out gear you’re outgrowing, you’re going to be wasting a ton of money. Invest in software and products that can be upgraded by changing out a single component (like adding additional memory or ports) instead of buying brand new equipment.
Repair When Able
Equipment breaks, that’s a given. But before throwing out that “broken” tool, consider repairing the equipment first. Opting for repair could save your practice hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Plus, remember, in many times leased equipment will be fixed by the leaser. Make the green choice and have the leasing company fix your current equipment instead of giving you new equipment.
Purchase Durable Products
When shopping for new equipment or workplace assets, always go with durability over costs. Sure, you might have to pay a bit more out of pocket initially, but you’ll end up saving over the long run when you factor in replacements and repairs. The longer the lifespan of your investment, the less waste your clinic produces.
Speaking of durable, (cough, shameless plug, cough) our EcoPro Pillow Covers are guaranteed to last 2 years (Although we have been using them for 5 years in our clinics and they still look like new!). Each Pillow Cover is made from the highest-quality soft faux leather vinyl and is built to withstand the rigors of even the busiest PT clinic.
Remember, sometimes, the easiest way to be eco-friendly is to actively work towards reducing how much waste your clinic is even capable of generating.