As an industry leader, we have the responsibility to continually seek new ways to facilitate and accelerate discovery for our customers. We also continually look for ways to create environmentally responsible products—products manufactured using fewer toxic materials, products that generate less hazardous waste, and energy-efficient instruments and equipment.
From design to disposal, we innovate sustainable solutions to help laboratories impact the world in all the right ways
At Thermo Fisher Scientific, we strive to develop and deliver innovative and environmentally sustainable products to our customers. By incorporating principles of sustainability, green chemistry, and green engineering into our product and packaging designs, we seek to minimize the negative health, safety, and environmental impacts of a product throughout its life cycle.
Sustainable product design means sourcing fewer toxic chemicals, minimizing water and energy use, and reducing hazardous waste in our operations. It also means extending our commitment to environmental sustainability beyond our operations to our customers’ labs by providing products that minimize exposure to hazardous chemicals, reduce waste, and promote efficient use of lab resources. As we move toward a more resource-efficient, closed-loop system, we consider not only what we take and how we make, but what happens to our products in our customers' labs at the end of their useful lives.
The Practical Process Improvement (PPI) Business System is the core operational discipline that drives our growth and pursuit of sustainable business practices. Through PPI Business System initiatives, we drive productivity, reduce our use of natural resources, and minimize the environmental impact of our products. PPI is not just a system for managing business operations, it’s part of our company’s DNA—and a key driver for our sustainability program.
By sourcing less toxic materials for our manufacturing operations and in our product designs, we help to reduce the regulatory burden associated with these chemicals, minimize the generation of hazardous waste, and ensure the availability of our products for years to come. Continually pursuing material efficiencies also helps us reduce costs and waste.
Our goal is to manufacture products with eco-efficiency in mind. As we make products, we strive to make the most efficient use of the raw materials and energy inputs as possible—whether it’s through how we design our chemical reactions, reducing water for landscaping, or retrofitting our distribution centers to high-efficiency lighting.
Packaging design is an important focus to help ensure the quality and performance of our products and to help minimize environmental impact. The first rule of packaging is that it must protect the product—whether from the mechanical rigors of shipping or temperature extremes. Our goal is to design packaging solutions to maximize freight density and therefore use less fuel per truckload. When we get it right, we keep costs down, lower our carbon footprint, and at the same time, delight our customers because they have less trash to throw away.
We’re partnering with our customers to help bring sustainability to their labs and improve the efficiency of their operations. We believe it’s our responsibility to provide our customers with not only the high-performance products they have come to expect, but also options that are less hazardous and more energy-efficient, create less waste, use sustainable packaging, and can be disposed of sustainably.
Zero waste, to us, means zero contribution to landfill. We don’t want our instruments to end up in landfill or sit idle at a customer’s site, taking up valuable lab space. Bringing used instruments back to be refurbished means we can harvest reusable parts and responsibly recycle what remains.