Our Commitment to the Environment and Sustainable Practices
Environmental stewardship is one of Global Links’ guiding principles and has been from the very beginning. A great idea was born when the organization’s co-founders made the link between the tremendous amount of still-useful surplus medical materials being sent to local landfills and the dire need for these very materials in hospitals in resource-poor communities throughout the hemisphere. Our resulting model of medical surplus recovery and donation places equal emphasis on the two prongs of our mission: supporting health improvement initiatives in underserved populations, and promoting environmentally sustainable practices in healthcare and beyond.
At Global Links, all activities and operations are shaped by our dual commitment to improving the health of individuals in the communities we serve, while acting and advocating to preserve the health of the planet we all share. We believe that both healthcare and a clean, healthy environment are basic human rights and that both are served by reducing waste and by the responsible use, reuse, re-distribution, or recycling of resources. We strive to foster a culture that encourages our partners and employees to consider sustainability issues in every aspect of their work and lives.
Global Links works to achieve our goals while keeping our environmental impact as low as possible.
- Each year, we divert hundreds of tons of medical surplus away from landfills, ensure their good condition and utility, and deliver them to resource-poor communities.
- We work mainly with underserved countries in this hemisphere, which reduces resources required for transport.
- We are sensitive to waste-disposal issues in the countries where we work and consult with our partners to assure that all items will be useful.
- We never send products containing mercury, a neurotoxin and an environmental burden.
- A local transport company allows us to use available space on their trucks returning to Pittsburgh to bring us donations from hospitals out of our region – a low-cost and green shipping option.
- To collect donated materials within the Pittsburgh area, our trucks run on locally produced biofuel. This step reduced our use of diesel fuel by 49%.
Our Partners in Sustainability
- Breathe Project
- Pennsylvania Resources Council
- Medical Equipment Recycling Program
- Construction Junction
- Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse