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When you think of going "green" in the laboratory, does it sound like a distraction? The truth is that there are big benefits to updating your lab material flow system. There are good reasons why research institutions and corporations have re-invented how labs work to facilitate sustainability. Consider the following impact areas of laboratory waste.
Labs that require the regular use of rooms to decontaminate employees know how much of a misnomer the term “cleanroom” can be. Sure, these areas prevent allergens and pollutants from affecting the workplace and potential consumers, but one look at the energy costs of operating such an area reveals an ironic truth: running a cleanroom can be a dirty business.
Freezers are among the biggest energy consumers in a lab, and as a result they can cost a lab a lot of money. The International Freezer Challenge promotes best practices in cold storage management and awards the labs who have done the most to save energy and improve their sample storage.
Fume hoods present a unique opportunity for the University of Virginia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while informing researchers of better safety practices. #shutthesash
While biologists already have some choices for less toxic methods in their tool box, new discoveries in the field of green chemistry will lead to its faster adoption into life science lab work. The EPA and chemists collaborating internationally are pushing the frontiers of this trend for good reason.
Good news! A new generation of genetic engineers are starting off their careers, already mindful of the environmental impact of their laboratory work!!! Importantly, they need another iGEM team to continue to promote this cause on social media channels for next year's iGEM competition. Please share our enthusiasm by reading this interview with the TU Dresden team, AND share information about "iGEM Goes Green"!
Labconscious hopes that laboratories everywhere achieve their greatest research goals, using efficient laboratory work that protects our earth's resources and supports human health!
Can you verify how your laboratory supplies and equipment contribute to your sustainability goals? Start becoming an informed consumer by reading this interview with My Green Lab Director, Allison Paradise, about their newest project, the ACT labels.
Subjects, such as resource optimization or better energy usage, have arrived in the laboratory. What does this mean for the most important separation method, chromatography? An inventory shows the amount of optimization potential in the technology that is more than 100 years old.
Good news in Science! Chemistry and Chemical Biology researchers have invented new method that will revolutionize plastic recycling.