• Cultivating sustainability: Over 3,000 cacti promote green laboratory practices
    Starlab provided visitors with free plants to be planted in empty TipOne racks and EcolutionMovement stickers to symbolise the importance of responsible resource use.

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Cultivating sustainability: Over 3,000 cacti promote green laboratory practices

Nov 24 2023

In the latest Sustainability Weeks organised by Starlab, over 3,000 cacti have found a home in TipOne racks, serving as a visual reminder for laboratory scientists to prioritise sustainability in their research practices. The initiative, which included around 85 events, attracted participation from more than 3,500 individuals, emphasising the growing importance of integrating sustainability in laboratory settings. Klaus Ambos, Managing Director of Starlab International GmbH, highlighted the success of the events and the need to address sustainability challenges in laboratories.

Acknowledging the significant environmental impact of the scientific community, particularly in plastic waste generation, A study by the University of Exeter revealed that life scientists alone contribute around 5.5 million tonnes of plastic waste annually, equating to around 2% of plastic waste produced worldwide. Klaus Ambos said: “Fortunately, we are seeing increasing awareness of sustainable laboratory practices. Scientists conducting research in the life sciences are unintentionally harming the planet and its inhabitants – the very things they are trying to improve and protect. We must utilise all the options available to us to change this.”

Starlab's approach goes beyond presenting sustainable practices; it actively involves participants by providing free plants for planting in empty TipOne racks, symbolising responsible resource use. Additionally, participants receive EcolutionMovement stickers to display in their laboratories, serving as daily reminders to conserve energy and protect the environment. “We have compiled a package of measures as part of the EcolutionMovement that pools all internal and external activities associated with the complex issue of sustainability. Our goal is to encourage both our employees and laboratory staff to adopt a more sustainable approach,” said Ambos.

This is the laboratory product manufacturer’s fifth series of sustainability events. “We are continuing our mission to develop innovative products and promote awareness of environmentally friendly research practices,” added Klaus Ambos.

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