The lab waste challenge
We’re all familiar with images of plastics in the oceans, and many of us have changed how we recycle as a result. The need to be more sustainable and protect the environment is a hot topic in general, and certainly in science where research still generates large amounts of plastic and cardboard waste.
In an ideal world, every scientist would be working in a zero-waste, green lab that’s fully sustainable. But we all know this is a huge long-term challenge, especially when single-use plastics and ultracold freezers are needed for certain sensitive experiments. Still, small changes can go a long way. That’s why we’ve taken a more eco-minded approach to the way we develop our nucleic acid extraction kits.
QIAwave offers the same great results for less clutter and waste, with minimal effort. I can only imagine that the benefits and savings would be even greater on the scale of a full lab. So, I will definitely be recommending QIAwave to my peers.
Bryce Carpenter, Research Specialist, University of Pennsylvania
The QIAwave Kits slightly reduce waste through reusable waste tubes and buffer concentrates. The relatively minor inconvenience is offset by the percentage reduction in plastic. I look forward to seeing more innovations to help reduce the footprint of biomedical research.
George Chao, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School
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