Over the past decade there have been more concerns about threats to the environment and the sustainability of natural resources for future generations. From a health perspective, the focus has been on the impact of the environment on diabetes risk. For example, many have researched the connection between air pollution and diabetes risk. At the same time, there has also been a great increase in the use of technology to support diabetes self-management over the past ten years. Although these technologies (such as smartpens, pumps, and glucose monitors) have benefitted people with diabetes, there is an increasing awareness of the negative environmental impact from some of these technologies as well. During the manufacturing process of devices for monitoring, diagnosing, and treating diabetes, the use of “disposable” parts has become common to create single-use devices. The reasons for this include ease of use and avoiding any possible biological hazard. The challenge for diabetes technology manufacturers is to create sustainable change by reducing environmental costs and waste and increasing recyclable materials. The goal is to accomplish this without negatively affecting the function of the technology for people with diabetes, such as device performance, user experience, personal financial cost, and the amount of time it takes to use the technology.
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