That led to the question: what can we do with the old ones besides sending them to the landfill?
| by Melanie Stewart |
Unfortunately it's hard to recycle a fabric that is a blend (65 percent polyester/35 percent cotton) especially with the cotton on the lesser side. This blend helps lab coats stand the test of time, though, so they should be able to be reused, right?
I looked into some options and found that they could be used on our own medical service trips, and some local schools could use them as well. They often don't have the budget for heavy coats and buy plastic aprons that are thrown away. If we can get coats to them, it's a win-win!
Turns out it's not quite that simple. UNMC and Nebraska Medicine want to protect your identity as well as their credibility -- we can't have people running around in lab coats pretending to work here or, worse yet, pretending to be you.
So what can we do with old coats? It turns out it doesn't take too much effort to remove the branded patch and, if applicable, the embroidery with your name and department. This is especially true if you only remove enough so that words aren't legible.
If you would like to see your old lab coat donated to a worthy cause, you can remove your name, department, and patch and then:
- contact Sara Pirtle to donate them to the medical service trips;
- drop them off at The Company Store, located on the first level of Clarkson Tower near the entrance to Clarkson Cafe; or
- contact LiveGreen to schedule a pickup. Maurine BryanMarch 14, 2019 at 11:04 AM
Been making children's quilts out of them. Nice material for backing and blocks.Melanie StewartAugust 10, 2017 at 8:03 AM
Hi Linda, I'd be happy to get the coats and find a new home for them. Email me at LiveGreen@unmc.edu and we'll find a way to connect. Thanks! MelanieLinda P CarrollAugust 09, 2017 at 2:02 PM
Hello, I want to recycle my late husband's white coats, but they all have his name and either dept. of hospital name on them. I've contacted embroidery stores, but it's expensive to have the embroidery removed. Any suggestions for recycling? Thanks, firstname.lastname@example.orgMelanie StewartFebruary 17, 2015 at 2:31 PM
Also, UNMC Bookstore will take them. They use them to send to groups on campus to try on (so they don’t have to go to the bookstore, particularly good for people out of town), donate to schools, & give them to UNMC/NM groups that travel. You can drop them off there or if you have large quantities call them to schedule pickup.Rosie ZweibackFebruary 17, 2015 at 11:05 AM
This is outstanding!! I love what LIVEGreen does at UNMC.