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I had a disturbing conversation today with Dr.Sherif Kandil (K-Line Europe GmbH) about aligners, aligner fabrication and the environment. I was not aware that neither aligners, nor the models that are utilized to create the aligners are recyclable. I didn’t know that this wasn’t a sustainable manufacturing process and is potentially leaching plastics into the soil and oceans. I encourage those of us the the aligner and orthodontic community to work together as “one team” to develop more efficient and more eco-friendly products for the orthodontic industry and reduce our global thumbprint. Sharif gave me permission to share this this article with my Linkedin followers. If you are interested in joining our mission, please e-mail me for next steps.