Laboratory products supplier Micronic, Lelystad, the Netherlands, has joined a group of manufacturers committed to product transparency and sustainable procurement. Participation in the group is marked by permitted use of the first environmental impact factor label for laboratory products, developed by the nonprofit organization My Green Lab, Los Gatos, Calif.
The accountability, consistency, and transparency (ACT) label created by My Green Lab is designed to provide critical information about the environmental impact of laboratory products. The organization has granted an ACT label to two of Micronic’s products: 2-D data-matrix coded screw-cap tubes in 1.40 mL and 4.00 mL sizes.
The environmental impact of laboratories is enormous. Buildings that house laboratories consume as much as eight times more energy than office buildings and can use millions of gallons of water per year. In 2014 alone, it was estimated that labs discarded more than 12 billion pounds of plastic—not including gloves, hazardous waste, and packaging waste.
But through smarter purchasing, organizations and individuals can significantly reduce their environmental impact. By providing third-party verified information about a product’s energy consumption, water use, and end-of-life handling, manufacturers with an ACT label empower purchasers to consider sustainability alongside performance.
“Micronic’s participation in the ACT program demonstrates a commitment to their customers and to the planet,” says Allison Paradise, CEO of My Green Lab. “Micronic’s leadership will enable their customers to make smarter, more sustainable choices.”
“At Micronic, advancing scientific research to enhance quality of life is our corporate goal, and that extends to our commitment to safeguarding the natural environment for future generations,” says Sophie Deneer, marketing manager at Micronic. “The ACT label that the Micronic 1.40 mL and 4.00 mL tubes now carry can offer these specialists transparency in the procurement of laboratory labware.”