Implementing green chemistry and green engineering to deliver more sustainable solutions

At Thermo Fisher Scientific we invest heavily in innovation, with $1 billion dedicated to R&D in 2018.  With this investment, we strive to make the most of our resources and reduce the environmental footprint of our products. Our scientists employ our Practical Process Improvement (PPI) Business System to apply the principles of green chemistry and green engineering to product design. By rethinking how chemistry and chemical engineering can be done, we are reducing the use of chemicals, minimizing hazardous waste, and reducing the water and energy we use in our manufacturing processes.

Our commitment to creating products that minimize the impact on the environment extends beyond our operations and into our customers’ labs. Delivering greener products that are less toxic or produce less waste not only helps our customers be more sustainable, but it also helps improve lab safety and reduces costs.  

Wherever possible, we apply green chemistry principles in developing products, including:

  • Incorporating low- or no-toxicity materials into product design
  • Minimizing use of toxic or environmentally hazardous chemicals
  • Designing process solutions that help reduce use of plastic consumables

Products that demonstrate the application of green chemistry and engineering principles include:

TSX Series –80°C Freezer

Thermo Scientific™ TSX Series ultralow-temperature freezers use innovative cooling technology to help reduce energy usage by 50% while providing 20% more storage space in a smaller footprint. The freezers also use natural hydrocarbon refrigerants and water-blown foam that does not outgas, and are manufactured in a certified Zero Waste facility.
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Stabilized Blood-to-CT

Nucleic Acid Preparation Kit for qPCR
As opposed to traditional RNA extraction methods, this kit eliminates the need to use hazardous solvents and require far less plastic consumables, generating no organic waste from sample preparation to final analysis.
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TrypLE Enzyme

The Gibco™ TrypLE™ enzyme products are stable under ambient conditions, whereas conventional dissociation reagents lose activity under ambient conditions. In the lab, this means that trypsin must be repeatedly frozen and thawed, while TrypLE enzyme is ready to use.
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TaqMan miRNA

ABC Purification Kit
The Applied Biosystems™ TaqMan™ miRNA ABC Purification Kit eliminates the need to use organic solvents such as methanol, phenol-chloroform mixtures, and mercaptoethanol, or other hazardous reagents that are typically used in RNA extractions. These kits also generate less plastic and hazardous waste.
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The Invitrogen™ SimplyBlue SafeStain for protein research is a nonflammable, nontoxic, and noncorrosive stain for protein research, so it is safer to use and simpler to dispose of than other staining agents. The competing product is corrosive and requires use of flammable and toxic solvents.
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