Did you know??
- ‘Spray’ type inhalers, or metered dose inhalers (MDIs) are the most common type of inhaler used in the UK
- MDIs contain a gas, or propellant, in a metal canister that you press down to release the medicine into your lungs.
- That gas is a powerful greenhouse gas. This means when it is released it stays in the air and traps the sun’s heat – like glass in a greenhouse. This warms the planet which is a problem for the climate. Climate change increases air pollution which can worsen lung conditions.
- Inhalers, like other medicines, should not be put in your household waste bin or recycling bin? Even when your metered dose inhlaer is empty it still contains some of the greenhouse gas.
What can I do?
- Inhalers are a vital part of your treatment. It is really important you continue to take your inhalers as prescribed to keep your lungs healthy.
- Make sure you use your preventer inhaler every day – this should lessen how much you need to use your reliever (or blue) inhaler.
- Check you are using your MDI correctly so that you get all the benefits from using your inhaler. You can watch a video on how to use your inhaler here
- Return your empty or unwanted inhalers to a community pharmacy for enviornmentally safer disposal – see the poster below for more information.
Will changing my inhaler help?
- Dry Powder Inhalers (DPIs) or Soft Mist Inhalers (SMIs) are enviornmentally friendly inhalers which do not contain greenhouse gas.
- DPIs can be easier to use as you don’t need to co-ordinate pressing and breathing in at the same time. Some also have the benefit that they work for 24 hours and only need to be taken once a day.
- Changing the brand of your MDI can also help as some have a smaller amount of greenhouse gas than other MDIs, making them more environmentally friendly.
- If you would like to discuss changing inhalers please contact the practice to make an appointment, or click here.