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!
Have some intellectual fun today for a good cause! Take New England Biolab's Monarch® kits Upcycling Challenge to win either $1,000 in NEB product credit or a $1,000 donation to the charity of your choice. NEB will be donating $10 per submission to the Monarch Joint Venture whose mission is to conserve the monarch butterfly population.
Got used lab equipment? Support your scientific colleagues around the world by using Seeding Lab's easy donation process!
In celebration of earth day this month, here is a list of U.S. university green labs news! Scientists and researchers who use sustainability pratices in their work, are using their funding efficiently, while protecting our environment. This is what being 'labconscious' is all about.
How should the US Microbead-Free Waters act affect our thinking about the proper disposal of microspheres as lab waste? Learn how biotechnology companies are using the bioplastic PHA with good results and further developing its use for other lab applications.
Will you take the "-80 Chill Up" Challenge? Learn why your lab should join in this effort to reduce energy consumption.
Read about KINFix a formalin-free fixative that is optimized for histological, immunohistochemical and molecular analyses of neurosurgical tissue specimens. KINFix is a non-hazardous replacement for formalin with "green lab" attributes. Perhaps your lab work can benefit from switching?
Announcing the UChicago Greenlabs web site! PhD graduate student Erin Fry updates us on their efforts collecting nitrile gloves for Rightcycle.
Dr. Lisa Anderson was kind enough to grant me an interview with her about her experience setting up lab glove recycling programs. Our hope is that this information will present a "how to guide" for launching lab glove recycling programs at university laboratories. Check list and case study poster provided.
Read about the virtues of glass, a material intimately linked with science. Then consider how a 1768 masterpiece expresses the many ways people view scientific progress. As a viewer you are met with the scientist's gaze that questions, should I or shouldn't I? And so today, we must also weigh the consequences of our work.
The new year is upon us!! The little lab upgrades that you put in place now, will catalyze long term sustainability and efficiency. Use this short and sweet list as a reference.