This is just thinking out loud and getting the general questions out of the way. I plan to add more later.
Scott Boylston – sustainability, packaging
Scott Boylston is program coordinator and co-author of the Masters in Design for Sustainability at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and professor of Design for Sustainability. He is the author of 3 books, including Designing Sustainable Packaging, and has published over a dozen short stories in acclaimed literary journals. Professor Boylston is President and co-founder of Emergent Structures, a non-profit organization dedicated to the innovative re-use of C+D waste material for community benefit. He is also founder of SCAD’s Design Ethos conference and ‘DO-ference,’ an interactive workshop-based conference that brings together international design practitioners with community leaders in order to address pressing social and economic concerns within the local community. Boylston spent a decade as art director in New York City, working with clients including Estée Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Opium, and Calvin Klien. He speaks internationally on design and sustainability, and holds a masters from Pratt Institute.
What was the turning point that personally convinced you to reconsider design solutions for sustainability practices?
Do you feel that society really does care about sustainability? Have you been seeing evidence of this?
What design principles do you implement in order to create sustainable solutions? Does this include collaboration with other industries in producing a successful solution?
What packaging material do you feel is the best suited for these solutions?
Besides packaging design, what other disciplines/fields/materials do you believe are needed to create awareness about sustainability?
CVS Pharmacy is the second largest pharmacy chain in the United States (after Walgreens), with more than 7,000 stores in 41 states and Puerto Rico. As the retail pharmacy division of CVS Caremark, it sells prescription drugs and a wide assortment of general merchandise, including over-the-counter drugs, beauty products and cosmetics, film and photo finishing services, seasonal merchandise, greeting cards and convenience foods through their pharmacies, retail stores and online. It also provides healthcare services through its MinuteClinic healthcare clinics as well as their Diabetes Care Centers. Most of these clinics are located within CVS stores.
Do you offer any programs that allow consumers to bring back medical injection devices to your store for proper disposal? Is this something your company would be interested in? Why or why not?
What is your current suggestion to consumers who want to properly dispose of their devices?
Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc. has been in operation since 1932 and provides environmentally friendly waste disposal solutions and recycling options. Headquartered in Colerain Township, Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati, Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. Rumpke divisions include Rumpke Recycling, Rumpke Portable Restrooms, The William-Thomas Group, Rumpke Hydraulics, Rumpke Haul-it-Away and Rumpke Park.
Does your company keep record of how many injuries resulting from medical injection devices? Can you provide that information?
Where do these injuries occur? (curb-side, separation facility, etc.)
Would having a proper disposal program for these devices reduce the amount of injuries to your employees? Why do you feel that way?
Medical (M.D. Offices)
I found a diabetes center here in Cincinnati (with University of Cincinnati)! http://diabetes.uc.edu/Home.aspx
I see myself using them as a resource.
Do you offer any programs that allow consumers to bring back medical injection devices to your office for proper disposal? Is this something your office would be interested in? Why or why not?
Are you aware of the current issue of medical device waste and safety?
How do you currently dispose of your medical injection devices?
How much do you spend on proper disposal containers? How much for your injection devices?
If there was a mail-back program, would you utilize this?
Are you aware if there is a drop off program in your community? If so, would you use it? Why or why not?