Green chemistry is a solution oriented approach to lab safety with economic benefits according to OSHA.
In today's green labs tip I would like to refer you to the OSHA Transitioning to Safer Chemicals Toolkit that highlights how efforts to substitute hazardous chemicals with green chemistry is the most effective way to promote laboratory safety.
The Toolkit is designed overall to help laboratories to improve worker well-being through eliminating or reducing hazardous chemicals, while creating other benefits, including:
- Cost Savings — Reduce expenses and future risks.
- Efficiency — Improve performance.
- Industry Leadership — Invest in innovation to stay competitive.
- Corporate Stewardship — Advance socially responsible practices.
Informed substitution of hazardous chemistry is the primary goal of the seven step process presented by OSHA. This toolkit contains links to many comparative chemical hazard assessment method tools that allow users to evaluate hazards, performance and economic viability.
Example success stories are for provided for the chemical manufacturer DuPont and plastics manufacturer AlphaGary. These organizations were able to reduce substantial direct, indirect, and liability costs by replacing hazardous chemicals with greener alternative processes.
Ultimately this is an open online resource that industrial, biomedical and academic labs can use to plan how to introduce green chemistry to enhance laboratory safety and protect the environment. So check it out! Then ask yourself, is there a green chemistry goal that will improve our lab's safety?
Many scientific facilities are directing their scientists to utilize lab supplier recycling programs to help meet their sustainablility goals. The following list, with links, is meant to be a quick reference. It may be incomplete. Please send us the name of any other recycling program that you know of, and we will update this list.
A great advance in DNA synthesis efficiency has just been reported in Nature Biotechnology, that also eliminates solvent hazardous waste requirement.
Scientists from CU Boulder's Biochemistry Department are now saving over $250,000 yearly from their research budgets, by using a shared cell culture facility, instead of individual lab cell culture spaces. It's a spectacular result and it makes sense!
View a list of four options for used laboratory equipment....Plus get inspired by George Washington Carver, an American botanist and early environmentalist. His epitaph reads "He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world".
Not only is going green good for the environment, but it's also good for science funding. This CU Boulder case study shows that shared equipment makes cell culture work more convenient, economical and environmentally friendly.
As more scientific researchers are becoming aware of the economic, environmental and safety benefits of green procurement, reliable systems are needed to make so called "green procurement" easy to accomplish.
It is well known that putting sustainability upfront is the key to its success in laboratories, and all work places. That's just why the U.S. General Services Administration (or GSA) provides a comprehensive online resource for green purchasing by federal agencies, called the GPC - Green Procurement Compilation.
This Thursday March 1st, our Editor Nicole Kelesoglu will be presenting a webinar for an event series by the University of Virginia Green Lab Program. This webinar will cover ways to reduce laboratory waste and highlight how lab minimalism can give you a competitive advantage for research grant funding.
Awareness of micropipette tip box recycling has been spreading among U.S. labs and tip system manufacturers. Did you know that after taking into account your local conditions, it is also possible to recycle pipette tips?
Biologists must prioritize getting reliable results when purchasing chemicals, reagents, plastic ware, glassware and lab equipment. However, this need should be balanced with environmental and human health concerns.