FDI launches sustainability in dentistry initiative

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FDI World Dental Federation recently launched a new Sustainability in Dentistry initiative, with commitments from four founding industry partners—Colgate, Dentsply-Sirona, GSK Consumer Healthcare, and TePe—to lead the charge on sustainability in dentistry.

Over the next two years, FDI will work collaboratively with its partners and other key stakeholders to map out strategies and implement solutions to help reduce the environmental impact of dentistry and the dental industry. 

The work will lead to the publication of an FDI Sustainability Code of Practice that provides guidelines and objectives for achieving a sustainable procurement and supply procedure, which will be signed by co-signatories across the supply chain. 

Environmental sustainability in dentistry is multifaceted and involves numerous stakeholders. Carbon dioxide emissions, plastics use, waste generation and other environmental impacts are major challenges at all levels of the dental resource supply chain as well as in care delivery. 

Reducing the impact of the dental profession on the environment will require action and collaboration from many different actors. The four founding partners are part of a pro-active approach to tackling these environmental threats and developing concerted and far-reaching solutions. 

The project will also equip dentists and their teams with a suite of tools and resources to help them improve sustainability in their dental practices, while informing the general public of their role in sustainability in dentistry through improved oral health and making informed decisions. 

“I am delighted to witness FDI’s Sustainability in Dentistry project evolve into this high-calibre, multi-partner initiative to achieve our sustainability goals for the dental profession,” FDI president Dr Gerhard Seeberger said. 

“The project’s humble beginnings as a way to encourage oral health professionals and dental practices to ‘think green’ is now moving into a phase of collaboration, action and real results.”

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