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Responsible products & services


We are perpetually seeking new ways to provide our customers with the means to achieve greater environmental stewardship. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Through our portfolio of environmental analysis technologies, our customers are ensuring a cleaner environment, while our Thermo ScientificTM NalgeneTM products enable our customers to reduce their use of single-use plastics. Many of our customers also find unique ways to utilize our products to address important environmental challenges.

 

In line with our Mission, we strive to provide our customers with product alternatives that reduce waste and are less hazardous and more energy efficient. We are also pursuing more environmentally sustainable ways to ship our products, while upholding our stringent product quality standards. 

 

2019 impact at a glance

53


Greener product categories

150+


Energy Star certified products

Products


Innovation for greener products

Supporting our Mission of enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner, and safer, we are always looking for opportunities to design our products with environmental sustainability in mind. Here are a few of our new product options introduced in 2019, allowing customers to reduce their own environmental footprint. 

Each greener product category consists of multiple products within a product line – all of which share the same environmentally beneficial feature(s). To help make labs more environmentally sustainable, we have designed these products to minimize the use of hazardous chemicals, minimize waste and material consumption, and/or increase energy efficiency compared to similar products in the marketplace. 

Reducing waste 

Thermo Fisher’s new SmartPlate format media plates, used in many molecular biology applications, were introduced in North America in 2019 and use 10% less plastic resin while offering additional user features such as a smaller footprint in the refrigerator and incubator, and better design for stacking and transporting the plates. Additionally, the new plates are sourced just 50 miles from our manufacturing facility in Lenexa, Kansas, which lowers the overall transportation carbon footprint. We estimate these two product changes will reduce resin use by 126 tons and gasoline consumption by 47,000 gallons annually. As an added benefit, when ordering, customers can calculate the impact these plates will have on their own greenhouse gas emissions. 

 

Reducing energy

In 2019, we introduced the first available room temperature stable cell culture media line, GibcoTM BenchStableTM Cell Culture Media. This media line of products provides our cell culture customers increased flexibility for their workflow, allowing media to be stored closely to their work area rather than in a refrigerator. By freeing up energy-consuming refrigerator space, it also offers an environmental benefit. BenchStable is manufactured in our standard media packaging which is made up of two of the most highly recycled plastics, ensuring the lowest environmental impact available on the market. 


Reducing hazards

TritonTM X-100 Detergent is commonly used in laboratories for sample preparation to increase accuracy during analysis. Many of our sample prep products currently contain this detergent, which is considered an environmental hazard by certain European regulators (REACH) and will be banned from manufacturing use in Europe in 2021. Our colleagues have proactively developed a new product to replace Triton X-100 Detergent in our products, reducing our customers’ hazardous waste streams. 


Services


Reducing landfill waste for our customers

  • At our Vilnius, Lithuania, site, a cross-functional team used our PPI Business System to evaluate waste generated from paper boxes used in the warehouse. Working with the supplier, they replaced the secondary packaging made of single-use cardboard with a foldable plastic box. The plastic box can be reused multiple times and requires no modifications to be made within the warehouse operations. Making this change reduced the site’s paper waste by 700 kilograms annually, saving $2,000 in costs.

  • Colleagues at our site in Heysham, U.K., identified an opportunity to reduce waste for both our internal operations and for our customers. The project replaced the foam-peanut void filler used in packaging shipments with a cardboard weave filler. The cardboard used to create the new filler product comes from incoming packaging and transforms it into a perforated weave, flexible enough to pack around fragile materials while providing appropriate cushion and support.

  • In 2019, we transitioned our shipment packaging for our clinical service customers from cardboard boxes to reusable coolers in more than 50 countries around the world. These coolers not only eliminate waste for our customers but provide a temperature-controlled environment during transit that lasts twice as long as typical “wet ice” shipping solutions, extending the validation period.