Yes, laboratory glove recycling services are available in Europe!Read More
Sustainable Stanford Cardinal Green Labs Program uses outlet timers because it can save up to 50% of equipment energy consumption. Learn how your lab can too!Read More
By installing automatic lighting to your laboratory building, you will see the difference in energy bills as illustrated below. This image appears on the Lighting Controls Association web site, courtesy of the Lighting Design Lab. Their web site is a great resource to learn about automatic switching and dimming controls. Of note, utility companies offer rebates on automatic lighting controls. You can learn more at http://lightingcontrolsassociation.org.
Here is a green labs tip based on a new study, that will help you "turn out the lights" on energy waste and "open your window" to energy savings!Read More
Please see this Organic Process Research and Development paper to learn how to construct and operate a distillation unit that is "affordable, accessible and reliable" - for greener solvent usage in common students and research labs.
Plastic microspheres, a.k.a. microbeads, are used to great effect in many biomedical and biotechnology research and clinical applications. However, polystyrene(PS), polyethylene(PE) and polylactic acid (PLA) microbeads should not be rinsed down the drain into the waterway. Disposal should be as solid waste. Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), cellulose, gelatin and silicone based microbeads are considered more environmentally friendly. Always follow hazardous, radioactive and biohazard waste regulations associated with their application/protocol.
For more information on this, and biotechs producing PHA based microbeads you can read our labconscious blog post: THE MICROBEAD BAN AND RESPONSIBLE USE OF MICROSPHERES IN THE LAB