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5 Ways to Turn Your Lab into an Eco-Friendly Space

Environmental consciousness is now more crucial than ever. Carbon emissions and toxic fumes surround the air and in terms of water activity, plastic pollution still tops the mark, even being featured on National Geographic’s issue last year. According to the world’s leading climate scientists, there is only a dozen years of global warming to be kept at a maximum of 1.5 °C. The long-term goal of the Paris Accord is firstly to maintain the rise of global temperatures safely below a cataclysmic increase of 2 °C (35.6 °F) by limiting it to a maximum increase of 1.5 °C (34.7 °F) above pre-industrial levels. If humans don’t act for the good of the environment, more hazardous chemicals and wastes will most likely be more present in our immediate environment.

Because of this, professionals from all fields are doing their part in altering the effects of human pollution. In the field of medical technology, labs are likewise being held accountable on how they manage energy, recycle waste and conduct tests. Taking part in this huge effort towards saving the environment amidst cutting edge research should not be overlooked.

Since this January is Zero Waste Month, here are 5 simple tips on how to make your lab eco-friendly:

1. Unplug



The simplest thing to do in a lab is to unplug any electronic machines. Not only does this cut down your lab’s electricity bills, but it also prevents the machines from ever being fried by a power surge. This action can have a big impact on energy use.

2. Eco-Friendly Suppliers


Looking for suppliers that value environmental health is certainly a plus. You can proactively choose to purchase products from suppliers that combine shipping and reduce plastic shipping materials. Our sea friends will thank us for this.

3. Buy in Bulk



For instance, serologicals can come either individually wrapped or bulk packaged. Prefer the latter. A laboratory consumable of unpacked 15 mL and 50 mL centrifuge tubes similarly comes in bulk packaging. Should it come with plastic racks, reuse those racks to save money and reduce unnecessary plastic. Likewise, our sea friends will rejoice.

4. Go for Green



Greener experiments happen when you use the right equipment. Using lab control software that automates your tests while enabling you to perform better and swapping hazardous chemicals for safer alternatives makes it easier for the decrease of wasted products.

5. Lab = Home



Treat your lab like your own home and organize things for a quicker and better workplace. Discard samples you don’t need, dispose plastic and paper in the right bins, and recycle consumables if possible.

It only takes a minute or two to help reduce waste and improve our environment. At MEDTEK, we make sure to do our part by being responsible of our wastes and segregating them into three: paper/plastic, food, and recyclable wastes. This way, we are contributing to the betterment of our environment as an eco-friendly company. If we don’t act now, Mother Nature will decline even more and the future generation will be deprived of a place to call home. Change starts within us so it is imperative that we do our part in this cause. Let’s all aim for Zero Waste Month and save the environment!


Sources:
https://blog.quartzy.com/environment-friendly-lab-practices
https://www.energydigital.com/sustainability/four-ways-create-more-eco-friendly-lab 
https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/blogs/ipcc-report-climate-global-warming-12-years
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report


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