The PCR material reaction vessels are an integral part of the new QIAwave extraction kits, the industry’s first sample preparation kits to be certified with My Green Lab’s ACT label.
My Green Lab is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting sustainability in scientific research. In awarding the ACT (Accountability, Consistency & Transparency) label, the following criteria were considered:
- the reduction of production-related environmental impacts,
- the responsible use of chemicals, product and packaging contents
- and packaging contents as well as the disposal of packaging.
In addition, the label recognizes that the three QIAwave products have a 35% lower environmental impact factor compared to QIAGEN's standard kits.
This makes a big difference to the bottom line, as Inga Irle from QIAGEN calculates: “A typical customer uses an average of five of our standard kits per year. The new resource-saving version saves a whole 4.6 kg of plastic in addition to 0.7 kg of cardboard.”
The new, more environmentally friendly QIAwave extraction kits from QIAGEN have been on the market since January 2022 – and provide impressive proof of how more sustainability is possible even in the strictly regulated laboratory sector, as Sebastian Hannöver from Pöppelmann FAMAC® emphasises: “The reaction vessels made of PCR reduce CO2 emissions by an enormous 62% compared to virgin material. In this way, we can make a measurable contribution to more environmental and climate protection with the expected millions of applications of these products.”