Eppendorf: Sustainability of Lab Consumables with Pure Recyclates

July 2024. In life science laboratories, where precision and purity are non-negotiable, Eppendorf’s commitment to sustainability is evident in many areas, including in the transition of laboratory consumables to biobased raw materials, beginning in 2022. At the same time, recycled materials also show great potential for those parts of a product which do not come into direct contact with the sample. Recycled materials, also known as recyclates, are generally known as re-used plastics made from PE (polyethylene), PP (polypropylene) or PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which have been discarded at least once by households or businesses and which are used for the manufacture of new products.

“The “Post Consumer Recyclate (PCR)” used for disposable racks for pipette tips is of industrial origin, obtained exclusively from leftover materials arising during the contact lens manufacturing process” says Brigitte Klose, Global Marketing Manager for Consumables at Eppendorf SE. “This type of “single source” intra-type collection of polypropylene from the production of medical products ensures that the recyclate will retain the purity and integrity which are a condition of the manufacturing process of laboratory consumables. We request documentation from our suppliers with respect to the traceability of the recyclate, as well as compliance of all processes with EN 15343:2007.

Source: Eppendorf SE

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