Hi Karim, thanks for speaking with us! Why don’t you tell everyone a little bit…
Most of you probably don’t know me or for that matter even know of me. Yet I get up every morning and Single Use Dental Instruments is my life. I have the privilege and the honour of being surrounded by a group of people with a passion for what we do. They support the vision, they support me and I support them. 10 years ago, I had no idea that this would be my reality. That I would be living in London working with a team of people here and in Australia to enact what we consider a positive change.
I digress as I may have glossed over some of the details. At this point, some of the more astute may have realised I am not that old. Only 4 years ago I graduated from University with two pieces of paper, a hefty debt and a deep desire to run away and travel the world. Cue montage of mountains, deserts, forests, camping, walking, beaches, football, road trips and many other cliché shots all featuring me. Ultimately ending in Milan, Italy. University is a time of exploration for most and I was no different. On top of the debt and degrees, I walked away with a craving to be involved in what I thought was the only way I could make a difference with my Chemical Engineering, renewable energy. With that in mind, I spent too much money on a hotel, and splashed the €67 required for a 2-day pass to the 2015 World Expo justly called ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’.
I’d never been to a World Expo before, I had no idea what to expect. I certainly wouldn’t have thought that over the next 48 hours I would diversify my interests beyond anything I could have imagined. My eyes were open to so many different ways a person could make a positive change. Projects in Belgium where people were growing mushrooms from ground coffee bean waste. Innovative aquaponic machines used to raise fish and grow plants at the same time. Ancient irrigation systems that are still used today to grow date palms, the heart of the agricultural traditions in Oman. Vertical space efficient farms, an urban algae canopy capable of producing oxygen equivalent to four hectares of forest and even ideas about how to solve a potential food crisis.
So why is all this relevant?
No one signed up to read my life story and to be honest, I don’t blame you. Here’s the kicker, I don’t want to just make a positive change. My goal, our goal, is to provide the medium through which we, that’s you and I, can make a larger better positive change. If we reduce the chance of cross infection for patients and staff, that’s a positive change. If we save private and government clinics money that can be spent on children and education, that’s a positive change. If we save dental nurses time at the end of their day so they can pick up kids or go to the gym, that’s a positive change. If we do any of that, and with your help recycle the instruments and prevent them from going into landfill, that’s not just positive change; that’s a better future for everyone.
To some, that may seem holistic but to me, it’s my motivation. If it was easy then everybody would be doing it! I am excited by the Single Use future and wholeheartedly look forward to sharing it with everybody. If you do wish to send me an email to support our vision, give me your advice or just say hello you can find the information below.
Best wishes to all,