The Eppendorf epT.I.P.S.® BioBased in volumes up to 1,250 µL open up new doors to make laboratory work significantly more sustainable without jeopardizing experimental results. By using a second-generation bio-based polymer made from at least 90 % renewable resources (e.g. waste and residues from vegetable oil refining or waste cooking oil), the product-related carbon footprint of these pipette tips and filter pipette tips was significantly reduced. "General Quality Certificates" on compliance with standards and general quality requirements, product-specific and lot-specific purity certificates as well as "ACT Certificates" (the independent environmental impact factor certification by My Green Lab) attest the well-known premium product quality you can expect from Eppendorf pipette tips combined with a sustainability factor that will clearly be visible in your laboratory carbon footprint with continuous use of these pipette and filter pipette tips.
Like our tips made of virgin fossil-based polypropylene, these tips are manufactured to extremely high quality and purity standards and are designed to cover all of the specific needs of your samples. Offering reduced-force tip attachment and ejection with complete sealing, epT.I.P.S.® BioBased pipette tips, ep Dualfilter T.I.P.S.® BioBased and ep Dualfilter T.I.P.S.® SealMax® BioBased filter pipette tips work in perfect combination with your Eppendorf pipettes and form a fully integrated pipetting system that delivers maximum precision, accuracy and reproducibility. They will complete your workflows in an excellent way. Additionally, they support you in your efforts to become visibly more environmentally friendly in the laboratory.
Since oil-based plastic lab consumables replaced glass products, they have become irreplaceable in laboratories around the world, providing the high-quality standards needed in increasingly demanding research. However, this poses a growing challenge in respect to sustainability. This is why Eppendorf not only focuses on the development of new products but also on new, more environmentally friendly manufacturing materials. We have even succeeded in finding a polypropylene based on renewable raw materials which we are now using for the production of a new generation of pipette tips.
Together with the use of more sustainable starting material for the pipette tips, these bio-based tips come in a Reload variant which meets the same purity and sterility requirements as conventional disposable Racks. This Reload variant saves up to 54 % fossil-based plastic compared to conventional Racks and significantly reduces the volume of laboratory waste. The new Reloads fit perfectly into the well-known epT.I.P.S.® Box 2.0.
Thus both aspects – bio-based raw material for the pipette tips and significantly reduced use of plastic for the Reloads – contribute to an improved laboratory carbon footprint and to laboratory waste reduction.
Disposal of epT.I.P.S. BioBased pipette tips and their packaging material
Recycling of materials becomes more and more important every day. E.g. in Europe almost 100 % of cardboard material is already recycled. The packaging material of the epT.I.P.S. BioBased pipette tips is made of different materials – for the most part made from cardboard.
Eppendorf consumables and thus also epT.I.P.S. BioBased pipette tips are shipped in packaging in which both the shipping carton consists of at least 37 % and the folding carton consist of at least 60 % recycled cardboard.
Please support our global sustainability initiative of recycling valuable raw material by collecting the cardboard packaging material of tubes. Dispose of the packaging material in the designated collection containers in your organization and region.
After usage, the tips themselves are defined as potentially being contaminated. This contamination can be based on biohazard, chemical hazard, or even nuclear hazard. Therefore, recycling of these tips can be challenging. In many countries, critical waste must be burned due to legal restrictions. However, energy and heat can be recovered from thermal recycling of contaminated laboratory consumables.
To reduce the amount of critical plastic waste, you should use at least two waste containers: One for critical waste and one for non-critical waste. The definition of these two groups may depend on local regulations and should be communicated/trained in your lab accordingly. For further local waste recycling options please contact your local biosafety officer and your local waste management.
We strongly recommend a certified local recycling partner. Keeping it "local" will reduce the impact of transportation, and the "certified" aspect is recommended due to the safe and sustainable handling of lab waste.