Posted on: 10 November 2017Share
If you're a researcher or scientist, your lab most likely has a lot of different equipment and materials. In this day and age, more and more institutions are making strides to make their labs more eco-friendly and sustainable. Luckily, creating a more green and sustainable lab does not require major measures or a lot of time. Use the following easy tips to reduce your lab's carbon footprint and make it more eco-friendly:
Pipette tips are a staple in most labs. One way to improve sustainability is by investing in re-usable stackable pipette tip boxes. When it is time to reorder pipette tips for your lab, avoid buying the ones that come individually packaged in disposable materials. Instead, purchase loose pipettes that are bulked packaged in a single bag, and place the pipette tips in the lab's re-usable plastic stackable pipette tip boxes.
Invest in Autoclave Glassware
It is not uncommon for labs to purchase disposable plastic materials and equipment because its upfront cost is often less expensive than autoclave glassware. However, the disposable plastic materials and equipment ends up being tossed and placed in landfills. While autoclave glassware may require a larger upfront investment, they can be used over and over in the lab, and in the long run, they will be less expensive than disposable plastic products.
Use a Mop
In a lab, spills are not uncommon, and many scientists and researchers automatically reach for paper towels to clean up the mess. Paper towels are very wasteful-- instead of cleaning up spills with paper towels, make it a policy for employees to use a mop or a cotton towel to clean up spills. Enacting this type of policy can greatly reduce the amount of waste that your labs produce each year.
Don't Toss Boxes
Since labs often have to send out things that need to be kept cold, it is a good idea to keep a few old boxes with styrofoam inserts on hand for when you need them. Reusing these boxes ensures that they won't end up in the landfill, and you will always have a box available when you may need to ship something with dry ice.
Ensure that Everyone Uses the Right Size Plates
Plates are widely used in labs to hold samples, DNA, and to grow organisms. Make sure that people are using the right size plates according to the size of the sample they are working with. Using the right size plates will cut down on waste and reduce the amount of freezer and refrigerator space is used when storing the samples; in some cases, using the right size plates may allow your lab to use fewer freezers and refrigeration units, thus reducing the amount of energy consumed.
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