No more band-aid solutions (Day 106)…


While ripping open some mail yesterday, I accidentally sliced my finger on a staple (I have no idea why anyone would staple an envelope, but there you go). Anyway, because my brain is now wired to be in constant eco-mode, I was sitting there at my desk, oozing blood, and the first thing I think is, “Ooh — I wonder if there’s some way I can green my first-aid?”

Unfortunately, band-aids come wrapped in unrecyclable wax paper, are attached to disposable peel-off stickies, and are made from mostly plastic, adhesive glue and just a tiny square of bleached cotton.

So I wandered around the maze of cubicles until I found a first-aid kit, which contained a roll of gauze. The only packaging it had was some plain paper on the outside, and while it probably wasn’t organic cotton or anything, it seemed a bit more eco-friendly than the band-aids. I snipped off a segment, twirled it around my finger and just held it there with my thumb until the bleeding stopped.

If it was a major gash, this solution may not have been applicable, but I’m convinced there are other, greener ways to deal with cuts like this — perhaps that liquid you spray on to make them clot right away? Or is that really toxic? I’d use my hankie but I’m worried it’s not sterile enough.

Either way, I’m going to try and avoid band-aids whenever possible. If it’s the only solution available I’ll have to make an exception, but in the mean time, I’m going to have a little pep talk with my platelets.

Image courtesy of these peeps

6 Responses to No more band-aid solutions (Day 106)…

  1. pat farquharson says:

    for small injuries use gauze and micropore adhesive paper tape that doesnt stick to hairs and pull them out.Bind tight to create pressure to stop the bleeding. A lot of people hav allergies to Bandaid adhesive.

  2. keepbreathing says:

    The medical world could use somebody like you to make some changes. The amount of waste we generate is simply astonishing: in the course of one resuscitation, I would estimate that we could fill an entire 20-gallon trash bag with all the used and discarded plastic, syringes, wrappings, papers, and vials that get strewn about. That plus the printer in the RT office where I work spits out a non-reusable redundant second page with every single order, which can mean up to a ream of 500 pages a day being wasted. It’s ridiculous…

    Keep up the good work being green, you’re an inspiration to us all.

    Anonymous Therapist

  3. Lori V. says:

    keepbreathing, I was just thinking the same thing… my hubby is an anesthesiologist, and I think of all the waste (some of it absolutely necessary, I know) that is a by-product of the medical industry in general. I wonder if there have been reports done of that… hmmm…

  4. Rachel says:

    I came across exactly the same thing a couple of days ago, my daughter’s sandal had rubbed a spot raw on her foot, so I busted out the first aid kit in our car, and after just two little bandaids I couldn’t believe the pile of trash I was left with. I came to a similar conclusion as you did- whenever possible gauze and pressure, or maybe gauze and tape if necessary.

  5. Chile says:

    Do be careful not to bind a cut too tightly. Cutting off the circulation to the finger can create bigger problems, as in the child my mom knew that got gangrene from an overly tight bandage.

  6. What started as some drop cases inside the Boston region in 1997, has
    expanded as an organization ideal for supporting countless people across the
    world. Planet Aid now has their easily famous drop cases distributed in 21 states.

    They also makes it possible for corporations to coordinate a
    drop case into their community. This is a distinct mark
    the enterprise is committed to supplying to return.
    More than developing a manner of providing in local neighborhoods, Planet Aid’s job also keeps an enormous number of pounds away from waste procedure.

    Each set of footwear and item of apparel they gather will get an extra life
    with those who extremely desire it. This is a big help to the surroundings, helping decrease CO2 emissions which can be linked to
    detrimental climate change. This resource efficiency mentality could also distribute to increased enviromentally friendly attention, with folks making use of
    various other recycling plans near house.
    With the Humana People to People charity,Planet Aid supports to train instructors at one of their many educational institutions.
    Apart from the work the lecturers achieve while in the classroom, they
    turn into empowered community members and catalysts of improvement.

    Through the microfinance motivation, Planet Aid
    presents low interest personal loans to females in India.
    The funds may be used to create a small business or buy an animal
    whose products provides meals and something valuable to trade locally.

    Good quality coaching can also be a situation for those
    unable to find an employment. This concern is particularly a hardship on young
    women and men only starting out of their jobs as they can’t afford
    to go to a specialized institution. Planet Aid offers
    support to trade institutions in Mozambique, Guinea, Bissau, and Zimbabwe.
    Upon completion of such courses, learner have the opportunity to trainee with
    a corporation. This kind of at work skills features practical experience to submit a
    new worker to a new job.
    Together, having the support and friendliness of
    folks at home, the work they do does excellent an excellent volume to protect the wellness of the environment as
    well as strengthening the towns which they aid in foreign countries.

%d bloggers like this: