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!
As the U.S. recycling industry undergoes a transformation, life scientists are looking for trustworthy, local recyclers to meet the challenge of processing lab plastic. Recycling systems work when they are convenient and space efficient. Boston area lab facilities have a new service option that does just that!
It’s no secret that scientific inquiry is dependent on funding. Advances in biomedical research contribute to human health, and are of inestimable value! At the same time, biomedical research is not an inexpensive endeavor. The competition for science funding is fiercer than ever. With green lab initiatives and BETR grants, scientists can boost the impact of their grant dollars, while maximizing their chances to receive awards.
This Thanksgiving holiday, Labconscious would like to thank the life scientists, and sustainability professionals, who have contributed their expertise and enthusiasm to our blog content over the past year. Their efforts have encouraged the worldwide trend in greening labs!
Learn why your university should run a green labs fair, and how to do it successfully, in this interview with University of California San Diego Sr. Social Responsibility Program Manager, Mark Ortiz.
The words "game changer" gets thrown around a lot, but in this case it's a bulls eye. Academic, government and industrial laboratories are using this instrument to reduce consumables costs by 90%+ and to prevent plastic pollution. Learn more in this Labconscious interview with inventor and CEO Ali Safavi.
Help us keep the momentum up for everyone in life science! Please invite Labconscious to cover your green lab story! If you are doing an environmentally friendly life science research project, let us know! If you want to share efforts…
What is the best option to prevent E-waste? Reuse! High quality lab equipment should go to labs, not landfills! Learn how Biosurplus offers a smart and eco-friendly way to extend the life cycle of laboratory equipment for science.
University of Virginia scientists are enhancing their lab work space with money saving lab swaps, a new recycling program, and an eye on green procurement. In this syndicated post UVA Green Labs Specialist Christine Alencar spotlights UVA’s three part Green Lab event series on waste management.
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.