I think it's great that people are looking beyond their own medical issue and considering how much waste is being added to the stream with all the consumables our condition utilizes. I think it's good to talk about this stuff but more wag and less bark would be welcome.
Syringe caps and canisters are one thing but infusion sets are another altogether. Although I am sure the risk is low, if I was a non-D parent or worked at a day care, I sure as heck would not want the staff to use leftover medical waste tubing for toys and craft projects... egad!
What's next, pretend wrist watchs from old bandaids? Ick!
I agree, the generation of waste is considerable and having given up the pump, I'm glad to have lightened the load on the garbage train. As far as syringes and pens, I use the needly bits over and over. For Lantus pens that hold 300 units, I spurt an extra one-unit air shot to try to keep the tip clean after injecting and use the same tip until it's all gone.
Safety and sterility are terribly expensive and lead to the high costs both to us and the environment. Remember when we used to be able to buy Tylenol in easy little low-waste packages before some psycho tainted some with poison? Now, all meds are double and triple packaged to prevent tampering.
Slightly OT, if you can believe it, a Las Vegas endoscopy clinic was recently found to have reused syringes between patients!!
leading to a Hep C outbreak, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24672562/
, now that
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.