Best Practices for Increasing Lab Sustainability

Tips for Implementing Sustainability Practices in the Lab​

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Best Practices for Increasing Lab Sustainability

A single scientist in a bioscience lab generates approximately one ton of plastic waste1 each year. As we witness the real-world effects of climate change, there has never been a more pressing time to focus on lab sustainability.

One of the most inspiring aspects of lab sustainability is that each person has the potential to make a significant impact. If just one individual in each lab pledged to become more environmentally conscious, the aggregated positive effects would be massive. For instance, labs can reduce upstream carbon emissions of experiments by as much as 75 percent2 simply by purchasing and using sustainably sourced products. Each choice, from sourcing materials to waste disposal, can have far-reaching global consequences. It is critical that labs implement sustainable practices to ensure that science and humans thrive in tandem.

While the requirement for sterility makes using single-use plastics unavoidable in many cases, there are basic adjustments labs can make to reduce overall environmental impact without affecting their workflow. Reducing energy and water consumption, conserving materials, and properly disposing of waste are lab sustainability tips that seem straightforward but can make all the difference.

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