What is Upcycling?
The short answer: Intellectual fun!
Technically, upcyling is an activity that prevents waste by diverting material into the creating something new and useful. Cardboard material happens to have some excellent qualities for upcycling. You can find many examples online of it being used to create objects for organization. In a laboratory space, this can be as simple as making a useful freezer storage organizer. Outside the science lab, upcycling found objects has a long history in the fine arts. It's easy to cut, layer, decoupage, or collage cardboard with other materials. Cardboard can be used artistically in sculptures, or crafted into photo frames, jewelry, or even light fixtures! Upcycling is so brilliant because it intersects science and engineering with arts and crafts. It's inventive, intellectual fun!
What is a Monarch Nucleic Purification kit?
Basically these kits are molecular biology tools. New England Biolabs Monarch® Nucleic Acid Purification Kits are used to purify DNA into highly concentrated, small volumes. The kits are for plasmid miniprep, gel extraction and PCR cleanup. One of the goals of green lab initiatives is to reduce lab waste. Monarch® kits from NEB were created to have maximal performance AND minimal environmental impact. Their design uses minimal plastic. Not only is Monarch kit packaging made from 100% post-consumer material, but it has also been thoughtfully designed to be reusable.
What is the Monarch Upcycle Challenge? Visit www.neb.com/MonarchUpcycle to win $1000 in credit!
Before May 31, 2017:
1. Find a new use for your Monarch kit packaging
2. Take a photo or video
All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of NEB employees. One winner will be selected to receive either $1,000 in NEB product credit or a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice. Also, for every submission**, NEB will donate $10 to the Monarch Joint Venture whose mission is to conserve the monarch butterfly population.
Personally, I think that a wing from the NEB Monarch buttlerfly could make a really fun necklace or bag charm. The whole Monarch kit box would fit well into a block tower castle...made by some of the creative children of scientists out there. Good luck and have fun!
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.
Today's Labconscious interview is for laboratory researchers interested in an easy to use and eco-friendly red bin system. Our thanks to Ian Lanza who is a regional life science director for Triumvirate Environmental, a provider of turnkey environmental and hazardous waste management services to education, healthcare, industrial, and life sciences labs...including New England Biolabs!
Laboratory Managers Can Improve Internal Sustainability by Recycling Gloves, Pipet Tips, Tubes, Glassware, Film Packaging and More...
Hundreds of open source 3D printer designs for lab equipment are available online that can reduce your lab set up costs in a sustainable way. These items include microscopes, micro pipettes, centrifuges, gel electrophoresis systems and many lab hacks!
Molecular biologists appreciate how the sustainably sourced, DNA purification Monarch kits produce optimal results
Grant awarded to analyze the impact of laboratory glove recycling at MIT.