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»Making polymer products and components substantially and measurably more sustainable according to the »Reduce, Reuse, Recycle« concept without compromising product quality and performance«

Since oil-based plastic vessels have replaced glass vessels, they have become irreplaceable in laboratories around the world, providing quality standards needed in increasingly demanding research. This is the growing challenge in respect to sustainability. Thus, Eppendorf not only focuses on the development of new products but also on new, more environmentally friendly manufacturing materials. For the first time, we are in a position to offer a generation of Eppendorf Tubes® with screw caps in 5.0 mL, 15 mL, 25 mL and 50 mL made of a certified polypropylene based on renewable reused raw materials.

Special product highlights

  • Eppendorf Production Center in Oldenburg / Germany complies with the requirements of the certification system ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification)
  • ACT labeled (Accountability, Consistency, Transparency) – Environmental Impact Factor Certification initiated by My Green Lab®
  • Tubes* are made from 90% renewable-based feedstock (recycled e.g. from food oil wastes and residues) plus 10% fossil-based feedstock (applying ISCC mass balance approach)
  • General Quality Certificates / Compliance with Standards are available separately for Eppendorf Tubes® BioBased
  • Product-specific and lot-specific purity certificates as well as an ISCC sustainability declaration for Eppendorf Tubes® BioBased

* The screw caps are actual fossil-based material. The material switch will be made to BioBased in 2023.

About bio-based polymer used for Eppendorf Tubes® BioBased


To increase the sustainable properties of plastic used for the production of lab consumables, we must make and use plastics more sustainably using recycled and renewable feedstocks.

  • In this specific bio-based polymer production, fossil raw material is saved by replacing it with sustainable raw material produced from bio-based waste and residues (2nd generation renewable feedstock).
  • The raw materials used to produce the renewable feedstock are traceable back to the first collection points and the sustainable origin of the renewable raw materials from carefully selected suppliers committed to sustainability is assured.
  • The final polymers are sustainability certified by »ISCC PLUS« – the reliable global leading certification scheme for manufacturers producing bio-based polymers and their further processing.

The mass balance approach – Certification of complex product chains in the circular economy


»How to measure the number of renewable fractions in a final product, when polypropylene or other plastic made from building blocks from bio-naphtha has the same properties as polymers made of crude oil?«

Renewable feedstock replaces an equivalent amount of virgin feedstock from crude oil at the beginning of the value chain. First step: the exact quantity of renewable feedstock (here the bio-naphtha) which is needed for the production of a certain product has to be determined. In a second step, it has to be determined what quantity of fossil-fuel-based feedstock can be replaced by renewable feedstock. The amount of replaced feedstock is then allocated to the product so that the input amount matches the output in tons.

White Paper: "Consumables Made of Bioplastics Enter the Lab"


Can we solve the plastic problem? Plastic has entered our daily life. But as versatile and necessary as it is, it also has a major ecologic impact since it is made from fossil fuels. Bioplastics produced from plants like sugar cane seem to be an alternative, but this approach also has its drawbacks. Intending to build a circular economy, waste streams are coming into focus as a source for the production of plastics.

ISCC Plus is a logo from ISCC System GmbH, Germany.