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Brianna Barbu

Jun 19, 2020

5 min read


We Need to Talk About Plastic Lab Waste

Single-use plastics are ubiquitous in labs — but is there anything that can be done about it?

Nitrile gloves, plastic pipet tips, and centrifuge tubes are a daily necessity in laboratories, but they are almost impossible to recycle (image credit: CDC via Unsplash).

Monica Ohnsorg considers herself to be an environmentally conscious person. She takes public transit, reuses plastic containers, carefully sorts her recyclables, and tries to teach others how…