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A Unique Recycling Solution to Biopharma Single-Use Plastic Waste

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Single-use plastic is a topic that receives a lot of attention in the press and has catalyzed efforts to reduce the amount that is found in the ocean. Although the bulk of this pollution comes from consumer waste, the growing use of plastic in laboratories and biopharma manufacturing has not gone unnoticed. It has been estimated that 5.5 million tons of plastic waste is being generated globally for scientific research. In biopharma manufacturing, the utilization of single-use technologies (SUT) is said to be increasing by 20-24% each year.

MilliporeSigma Makes Strides Toward Smaller Footprints

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MilliporeSigma is working year-round, not just on Earth Day, to provide customers with the widest range of solutions to help minimize their environmental footprint—something the company is also investing in itself.

Check out the infographic to see the work MilliporeSigma is doing to create smaller footprints.

Cleaning up Our Plastics for Recycling

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Not surprising, biopharma plastic recycling isn’t as simple as recycling ordinary plastic. In fact, approximately 30,000 tons of biopharma single use plastic products are landfilled or incinerated each year. One of the key reasons for this lack of recyclability is that biopharma plastics often contain a mixture of silicon, polyethylene and polypropylene – materials that are difficult to separate. In addition, purifying these types of plastics has also proven to be very difficult.

MilliporeSigma Recognized for Sustainability Improvements at 2019 SCALE Awards

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“That’s the way we’ve always done it” is known as one of the most harmful phrases in business, as it keeps companies from exploring new ideas that could lead to innovation. However, the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, defies this mindset by continually looking for new ways to improve the sustainability of its operations.

New Flagship EU Project Focused on Replacing Toxic Solvents with Renewable Alternatives

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February 13, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Biotechnology company Circa Group has announced it is leading the consortium for new EU project ReSolute – a flagship Horizon 2020 project set to develop the first commercial plant to produce Cyrene™ a new sustainably sourced, safer alternative to traditional, fossil-based solvents.

DOZN™ 2.0: A Quantitative Green Chemistry Evaluator

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Green chemistry is the concept of developing chemical products and processes that reduce the use and generation of hazardous materials, minimize waste and decrease demand on diminishing resources. Paul Anastas and John Warner developed the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry— the global framework that has served as the foundation for green chemistry(1).

Breathing New Life Into Old Lab Equipment

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In light of growing concern over the accumulation of single-use and disposable products, new recycling solutions have emerged. MilliporeSigma’s Biopharma Recycling Program uses a process from waste management company Triumvirate Environmental to recycle “bioreactor, buffer and sampling bags (multilayered films), and assemblies and filters,” says Jacqueline Ignacio, global manager, customer sustainability solutions at MilliporeSigma.

Green Chemistry: The Secret Behind Sustainable Product Development

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In some respects, global brands are victims of their own success. Once attached to a brand, loyal consumers are reluctant to change, and brands become wary of changing the product formulas that those customers know and love. 

Jeffrey Whitford, head of corporate responsibility and branding for the research and biotech company MilliporeSigma, described the challenge last week in an interview with TriplePundit.

100 MilliporeSigma Employees Volunteer at the Rise Against Hunger Event

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Last week, almost 100 employees volunteered at our Rise Against Hunger meal packing event in St. Louis, MO to assemble 25,000 meals for those in need. Thank you to all our volunteers who contributed to the 200 hours of service during the event.

MilliporeSigma Employee Spotlight: Natalie Randolph

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MilliporeSigma Employee Spotlight: Natalie Randolph

As part of our employee spotlight series, we’re sitting down with Natalie Randolph, Curiosity Cube® mobile science lab coordinator at MilliporeSigma, to learn more about the work she’s doing to spark curiosity in the next generation of scientists.

1. Tell us about your background (where you grew up, went to school, your family, etc.).

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