About HaPPE Earth

There is increasing pressure at an economic, environmental and regulatory level to reduce single use plastics, not just in Europe but globally. Single use plastic is harmful to our health and our environment, yet it’s everywhere in our healthcare system. 98% of single use plastics are made from fossil fuels which exacerbates climate change. This harm starts from the moment plastic is produced. Once used these items are disposed of creating pollution and waste.
At present, only 10% of healthcare plastic is recycled. During 2020, it is estimated that Ireland used 50 million and England 900 million PPE aprons. Billions of PPE aprons are used globally each year. The global market is still 98% Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) usage with very little in the way of credible alternatives.
A recent UK study, found that the carbon footprint of PPE distributed in England during the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic was 106,478 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). Gloves made up 45% of the carbon footprint of PPE with aprons accounted for a further 27%.

However, it is not just plastic waste that is a significant burden for waste management in the healthcare system, food waste is also a challenge for healthcare providers. In Ireland, approximately 3,600 tonnes of food waste is produced annually with an associated estimated cost of up to €7.2 million per year in acute hospital.

Best in Sustainability Award

Health Tech Innovations Awards Ireland

Health Innovation Hub Ireland

Health Innovation Hub Ireland - WINNER

Enterprise Ireland

Guiness Enterprise Centre

New Frontiers

The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital

Furthr

Acceleration Green