Plastic is not so fantastic
Plastic waste is everywhere and we’re all becoming more aware of the need to limit it wherever we can. We often think of keep cups and bringing our own bags as ways of reducing our plastic use, but there are more that maybe you haven’t thought of.
Hospitals generate a huge amount of waste every year, much of it unavoidable. But there is a groundswell of support for reusable theatre caps and scrubs. Disposable theatre caps use materials such as viscose and polyester which have disastrous environmental impacts during production and after use. Obtaining the wood pulp for viscose production has led to land clearance, including endangered and ancient forests and habitat destruction. The process uses only 30% of the tree and is chemically intensive.
The areas around viscose factories become highly polluted. Toxic chemicals are released into the air and surrounding waterways. One of the chemicals, carbon disulphide, is linked to birth defects, cancer and skin conditions. The workers and surrounding communities are suffering.
Polyester is similarly chemically intensive and a petroleum-based product. It is one of the largest contributors to microplastics in the ocean. It also contributes to a massive amount of pollution.
With all this information in mind, the decision to make a change to reusable theatre caps and scrubs seems an easy one. Once theatre caps have name and role displayed there are many more benefits, highlighted by the #theatrecapchallenge. If you want to know more about the support, benefits and evidence for reusable caps with name and role displayed there’s a wealth of information https://www.psnetwork.org/theatrecapchallenge-wheres-the-evidence/