A new design concept for a blood glucose monitor significantly reduces its environmental impact.
Cambridge Consultants conducted a life cycle assessment on a popular blood glucose monitor to identify which elements had the highest environmental impact. Less than 5% of the environmental impact could be attributed to the monitor itself--with more than 70% due to the high number of single-use disposables that are consumed over the lifetime of the device.
Ideas generated in the project to reduce the environmental impact ranged from efficient packing of unused and used components, to safe reuse of "single-use" lancets and test strips. The final challenge was then to create a single consumable cartridge, which was reliable and manufacturable....