Disposable medical gowns produce harmful greenhouse gases

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According to research carried out at Cornell University, it is stated that the production of biodegradable aprons creates an additional 11 percent higher rate of ecotoxicity than traditional alternatives.

Biological aprons, which are thought to decompose faster than traditional aprons, have been introduced to the market as a more environmentally friendly option due to the use of less space and chronic emissions in landfills. Cornell University Professor of Energy Systems Engineering Fenggi You pointed out that traditional plasticized medical gowns take many years to decompose, and biodegradable gowns degrade much faster. “There is no magic wand for this problem,” You said, adding that medical gowns produce gaseous emissions such as additional methane and carbon dioxide faster than regular gowns.

Traditional aprons do less damage

The research, led by Cornell University doctoral student Xiang Zhao, states that the production of biodegradable aprons produces an additional 11 percent higher rate of ecotoxicity than traditional alternatives. The researchers note that the adoption of landfill gas capture and utilization processes in sanitary landfills with biodegradable aprons can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 9.79 percent and the use of the landfill life cycle by close to 49 percent.

Stating that the use of shared electricity generation on site can save at least 10 percent of fossil resources, the researchers think that traditional aprons are environmentally and socially sustainable. This is because traditional gowns are 14 percent less toxic to humans and cause 10 percent less greenhouse gas emissions.

Source: Dünya Gazetesi from www.dunya.com.

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