Eco-Friendly Dental Care

At Dental on Lawrence, we understand that running an ecologically friendly Practice helps reduce our impact on the environment and conserves natural resources. So we have put systems and procedures in place that will reduce the impact our clinic has on our community and the world around us.

As a team, we are always looking for new ways to

  • avoid using single-use (disposable) items
  • reduce consumption wherever possible
  • reuse non-clinical materials such as scrap paper
  • recycle non-clinical consumables items including paper, plastics, and compostable waste

Making green choices

As a practice and as individuals, we value the health of the planet for ourselves and future generations. It is important to us that we do everything we can to protect the planet by looking for opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint while not compromising on service and care.

Striving to be an ecologically-friendly dental practice means that we:

  • Ensure safe water quality by filtering clinical wastewater so no contaminants enter local waterways
  • Safely dispose of any single-use plastics used within the clinic
  • Limit single-use items
  • Use of biodegradable and compostable barriers for cross-contamination prevention
  • Maintain a high level of recycling product packaging
  • Support and promote bamboo oral hygiene products such as toothbrushes and interdental brushes
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Communicate via SMS and email instead of giving out business cards and posting letters
  • Provide Biodegradable cups for patient mouth rinsing
  • Provide oral hygiene products in reusable paper bags
  • Use of local laboratories to minimise carbon emissions from long-haul transport
  • Purchase of stock from a small list of suppliers to minimise transport emissions
  • Use of refilled printer ink cartridges
  • Use energy-efficient light globes
  • Have tinted windows and/or outdoor blinds to keep the practice cool in summer
  • Regularly service equipment to ensure they are running as efficiently as possible
  • Use recycled stationery supplies such as printer paper, sticky tape and pens
  • Use smart energy practices when not using equipment, (turning them off standby)
  • Have large open windows to allow natural light into the building rather than using more energy to light up the clinic
  • Safely remove and dispose of amalgam (silver) filling material
  • Use computer-based clinical records as opposed to traditional paper files
  • Take computer-based x-rays rather than an old-fashioned film which use chemicals and plastics for development and storage
  • Installed solar panels
  • Are using Biodegradable gloves with a 90% biodegradation after 490 days

Future plans

We are continually reviewing our daily practices and are always looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint.  Keep your eye out for the following improvements planned for the future:

  • Ongoing reduction of the amount of waste produced by the clinic
  • Going paper-free! We are planning to replace traditional paper forms with digital medical questionnaires that can be securely completed via your desktop computer, laptop or other smart devices
  • Replacing equipment with more energy-efficient options (as required)
  • We will continue to support and seek out eco-friendly and sustainable brands/products
  • Adding native green spaces around the clinic to attract and support native fauna
  • Minimise the number of stock orders placed to reduce emissions caused by long-haul deliveries
  • Installation of hand dryers to replace paper towels in our bathrooms
  • Have an in-clinic laundry to reduce water use by staff at home