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ENVIRO RX, APRIL 2021

Happy Earth Month! Many organizations are promoting their sustainability initiatives this month on social media. One of which being Starbucks coffee. On Earth Day on April 22, the coffee purveyor will host a Q&A with its chief sustainability officer Michael Kobori on TikTok and Instagram, during which he will answer questions previously posted by customers…
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ENVIRO RX, MARCH 2021

Sustainable packaging is extremely important, especially in the pharmaceutical industry. Under Lisa's Links you can read how the current pandemic has affected growth and what is projected into 2027. Read more here. Our top story highlights a sustainable packing feat. EcoloPharm, has partnered with Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd. to offer ecofriendly packaging solutions for pharmacists. Their partnership will…
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ENVIRO RX, FEBRUARY 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has made it difficult to plan for the future, but not impossible. Here at EAG we have had to put many projects and plans on hold for the time being. However, there are many organizations and governments who are giving their attention to climate action plans, such as the US rejoining the…
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ENVIRO RX, JANUARY 2021

Happy new year! As we begin 2021, many of us are reflecting upon the 2020 year and the unprecedented changes it brought us. The challenges we faced has created innovative solutions for complex problems, such as the COVID-19 vaccine. However, we must be aware of the new challenges that we are creating during the pandemic.…
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ENVIRO RX, DECEMBER 2020

Many companies now find themselves in a difficult cash position. The crisis is making sustainability harder in the short term but, opening doors many of which will be longer lasting. For example, consumers favour companies and brands with purposes that benefit the broader community. As people around the world focus on washing their hands and…
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ENVIRO RX, NOVEMBER 2020

The modern definition of sustainability has broadened the scope recognizing the interconnectedness between environmental health, social prosperity and economic well-being. This describes a sustainability framework that encompasses a company’s impact on the planet, people and profit. Reusable packaging is a good example of a transformative systems change that can lead to both immediate financial returns and long-term…
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ENVIRO RX, OCTOBER 2020

There is still a long way to go in pharmaceutical and packaging industries to reduce packaging while maintaining quality and safety. The public understands pharmaceutical companies and pharmacists have a duty to protect the patients while also considering protecting the environment and future generations from the harmful outputs of the pharmaceutical industry, including packaging. With…
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ENVIRO RX, SEPTEMBER 2020

In a recent report Jefferies analysts said the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed efforts to reduce or ban single-use plastics back by years. A whole host of shifts are expected to limit our collective ability to abolish plastic waste. This pandemic is hitting hard the firms that collect and process plastics for recycling. As well, the impact on…
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ENVIRO RX, AUGUST 2020

Picture the environmental life cycle of many disposable surgical instruments. Iron ore is shipped to China and smelted, fashioned as single-use instruments and exported to other countries for use. In some cases clinicians use these instruments once and then discard them. Much that comes into patient contact is routinely used only once. This includes gowns,…
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ENVIRO RX, JULY 2020

In some ways, the Covid-19 crisis has become a dry run for the sustainability agenda and an opportunity for companies to see how they can tackle an expanding range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges. As companies struggle with decisions affecting their day-to-day existence, ESG matters may seem like slow-burning issues they can deal…
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ENVIRO RX, JUNE 2020

During the 80’s, I was fortunate to have worked at Astra Pharmaceuticals as a Clinical Research Associate (CRA). At that time, a similar crisis caused by a new virus was unfolding in every corner of the world. The first cases of what would later become known as AIDS, were reported in the United States in June of…
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ENVIRO RX, JANUARY 2020

It's a new decade and a new year; opportunities for practicing sustainability in your own life abound. That goes doubly for your work environment. Do you have a success story? Do you know a healthcare company that is excelling in environmental protection? Apply for the 2020 ELPH Awards before the end of February & help…
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ENVIRO RX, DECEMBER 2019

We know from experience that community organizations can achieve considerable success in reaching people to engage them in activities that improve environmental awareness and promotes collective voluntary action, as well as individual behaviour changes. Dwindling government grants, the loss of public spaces such as community centers and parks and the closure of other public services…
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ENVIRO RX, NOVEMBER 2019

There are several core principles to consider when attempting to adjust one’s habits. One of these is that the messenger matters as much as the message. The increased level of awareness generated by trusted messengers such as David Attenborough has seen a surge in community-led action with new campaigns around plastic waste and air pollution.…
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ENVIRO RX, OCTOBER 2019

In August Greta Thunberg celebrated the one-year anniversary of the start of her climate change movement. She began striking by herself outside the Swedish parliament, and soon, students around the world began walking out of school, demanding action from their governments. She's been called "the voice of the planet," and has even been nominated for the Nobel Peace…
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