Hey Jen, I think this is a great topic to explore. I (like an ever-increasing number of people...) have asthma, and use inhalers that last between 1-3 months depending on severity. They are intended to be disposed of after each use (see an image above). It seems ridiculous to me that all of these materials need to go to waste, constantly. I am surprised that there has not even been a recycling initiative introduced for the inhalers. If you are looking for a specific area of waste, I suggest you look into the myriad of inhalers available on the market. The majority consist of a plastic container and a metal chamber. Maybe there is a way to standardize the container so that people would have only one container and purchase just a refill chamber each 1-3 months. This seems like it would cut down on a significant amount of waste. As of today, there is no way to buy just the chamber alone, you are forced to buy it with a new plastic container each time. Anyways, I'm sure that most people with medical conditions would have similar stories for you about the waste they are forced to generate. I look forward to seeing where you go with the project!
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