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Sustainable lab products, solutions & services for responsible science


Join us in the mission to ensure a more sustainable future for everyone. Explore our growing portfolio of greener products, programs and services.

Sustainability in chemistry is essential – not only for our company, but also for our customers in research and QC. With our growing portfolio of greener laboratory chemicals, programs and services, we now offer even more ways to practice sustainable science together. Our solutions combine enhanced sustainability with exceptional quality, so they are better for the planet, and for your work. Discover how you, too, can practice big science with a reduced environmental footprint.


New Greener Alternatives

Our innovative Cyrene™ solvent is a green, safer alternative to NMP, DMF, and other harmful solvents. Now, we offer two new Cyrene™ blends that combine highly efficient green solvents to provide even more opportunities for greater, greener applications.

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With the new ECO series of surfactants, you have all of the performance benefits of traditional petroleum-based products, but without the ecological drawbacks. These ECO surfactants are made using bio-based ethylene oxide (EO) from biomass ethanol, so they are completely renewable.

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Our Progress

From product development to disposal, we ensure sustainable processes for green chemistry. Discover how we integrate sustainable chemistry in every step of our product life cycle.

It starts with Design for Sustainability (DfS), a comprehensive approach to environmental stewardship of our products, which is incorporated at an early stage to ensure that biodegradable reagents and greener alternatives have sustainability at their core.

We also look past the product. Through our SMASH strategy, we’re setting new standards to shrink, secure, switch and save packaging, while still meeting performance and safety requirements. For example, by reducing the weight of our HDPE bottles by just a few grams, we save 120 tons of PE every year.

Even after our products have served their purpose, our commitment to responsible science continues through programs like the our Waste Score, which helps us identify areas where we can accelerate waste reduction, as well as material recovery and recycling.

YOUR OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE SUSTAINABLE LAB WORK

There are many ways to make your daily lab work more sustainable. Even small steps help to reduce environmental impact.

  • Switch to greener alternative products
  • Use products and services that support waste reduction or recycling
  • Implement processes or techniques that consume less or less hazardous chemicals

Products and services for more sustainable chemistry, including greener alternatives, products and services that support waste reduction, and techniques that consume less hazardous chemicals.

More sustainable chemistry products

BioRenewable Solvents
Unique range of biorenewable solvents made from new carbon sources

Micellar Catalysis
Allows you to switch from organic solvents to water

Designer Surfactant Kits

Greener Organometallics

Greener Catalysts

Greener Building Blocks

Biodegradable Surfactants

Greener Synthetic Reagents

Designer Surfactant Kits and Biodegradable Surfactants

DNA Encoded Library
Alternative approach to high-throughput screening (HTS)

Small Molecule Screening Library Service
Customized library of building blocks and screening compounds - less waste from excess chemicals and packaging

DOZN™
An industry-first scoring system to evaluate greener chemicals

SYNTHIA™ Retrosynthesis Software
Helps you easily identify viable pathways - quickly, economically and sustainably

Greener and more sustainable alternatives for biochemistry and biology labs, as well as products that help reduce waste.

More sustainable biochemistry products

Biodegradable Surfactants

Cholesterol Extraction Kit
Easy-to-use high-throughput kit for cholesterol

Fatty Acid Extraction Kits
Easy-to-use high-throughput kits for fatty acid extractions

Stericup® E & Steritop® E
Reliable sterile filtration; less plastic and packaging

ZooMAb® Antibodies
Lyophilized product; shippable at ambient temperature; eliminates use of polystyrene coolers

GenElute™ E Kits
Minimized use of toxic chemicals and plastic.

More sustainable, biodegradable products, and less harmful, safer alternatives for quality control.

More sustainable quality control products

BioRenewable Solvents
Unique range of biorenewable solvents made from new carbon sources

Biodegradable Extran®
Biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning detergents

Silica Gel
With non-toxic indicator

Safebreak Bottles
Due to PE coating, Safebreak bottles can be recycled without affecting the environment

Our greener alternatives are marked with a special icon, and fulfill one of the four criteria:

  1. Products reengineered by our scientists to significantly improve their environmental footprint
  2. Products that align with the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry
  3. Products that help make greener alternatives possible through enabling technologies
  4. Products developed under our Design for Sustainability approach that demonstrate significant sustainability characteristics

Check out our full range of more than 1,500 Greener Alternatives

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