Consider this:
  • Humans produce a staggering 400 million tons plastic waste annually1.
  • Nearly 70% of clothing is made with polyester or other plastic-derived fabric2.
  • It’s estimated that 40% of the ocean’s surface is covered in plastic debris3.

So it’s not surprising that a growing number of healthcare workers are looking for eco-friendly scrub options. The good news is that scrubs made with recycled materials are more readily available than ever!

For example, Planet koi offers a range of eco-friendly, sustainable scrubs, made with recycled polyester, that offer the styling, comfort and breathability of premium-quality scrubs.

Advantages of sustainable scrubs
  • Reduces reliance on virgin resources
  • Lessens plastic waste in oceans and landfills
  • Comparable in quality vs. scrubs made from non-recycled materials

To create the fabric used in Planet koi scrubs, plastic bottles are broken down and processed into recycled polyester threads. Each Planet koi scrub set (top and pant) contains the equivalent of 18 used plastics bottles. (To date, Planet koi has rescued over 1.7 million plastic bottles from landfills!)


In addition, for every Planet koi garment sold, koi plants a tree. It’s part of koi’s partnership with the non-profit organization, One Tree Planted. To date, Planet koi has been responsible for the planting of more than 199,000 trees—and counting!

With the healthcare sector accounting for nearly 10% of all U.S. emissions4, more healthcare workers are looking for ways to help make a difference. In a recent study, 76% of consumers surveyed felt that it very important to increase the amount of recycled materials used to make clothing and apparel5. Plus, 88% of Americans have suggested that they are at least somewhat open to choosing recycled clothing vs. non-recycled clothing6. Opting for eco-friendly scrubs for your work wardrobe is one small thing we can do to help reduce global waste and move us toward a more sustainable future


1, 5Protein Evolution and Wakefield Research. “Americans’ views on plastics, recycling and sustainability.” Protein Evolution, May 9, 2023.

2UN Environment Programme. “Our planet is choking on plastic.”

3Lai, Olivia. “8 Shocking Plastic Pollution Statistics to Know About.” Global Commons, May 30, 2023.

4Jordan, Robert. “Stanford medical researchers and administrators discuss how to make U.S. health care more sustainable.” Stanford News, October 6, 2022.

6Brannigan, Maura. “Inside the North Carolina Facility Making Clothing Fabric Out of Plastic Bottles.” Fashionista Network, November 6, 2023.'s%20here%20in%20the%20rolling,control%2C%20water%20resistance%20and%20more.
April 21, 2024 — Kai K

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