The environmental impact of a lab isn’t just measured in CO₂ emissions but also in what other toxic gases or chemicals are being released in the air through ventilation or waste incineration and down the drains.
Traditionally labs are assumed to use hazardous chemicals, but many scientists and equipment manufacturers are switching to safer, less toxic alternatives or using protocols to reduce the impact of the hazardous waste.
• Always check for a potentially less toxic alternative in reagents and equipment
• Use shared databases to share available chemicals reducing the purchase needs
• Check out the 12 principles of Green Chemistry and where you can apply them
• The 12 principles of Green Chemistry– ACS
• Green Chemistry journal– Royal society of Chemistry
• Approaches to Incorporating Green Chemistry and Safety into Laboratory Culture – Journal of Chemical Education
• Sustainable laboratories report – Royal Society of Chemistry