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Sustainability in the microbiology lab

Sustainability in the microbiology lab

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you can’t help but have noticed the word sustainability seeping into every single industry. My Green Lab® (MGL) is a not-for-profit organisation whose goal is to introduce sustainability to the community responsible for global life changing medical and technical innovation. At the end of January (26th) , we will be offering a webinar about sustainability in the lab in conjunction with My Green Labs. With values and ethos that naturally align with Pharmig, this is a positive collaboration to take us into 2022.


Why do we need to think about sustainability in the laboratory?

Anyone who has worked in a lab knows how much waste is generated. Granted the lab is one of the most resource intensive spaces throughout industry but there are ways improvements can be made. When confronted with an issue as big as the climate crisis, it can be hard to know what to do as the challenge seems too big but the best way, we can have an impact is to start with our working space. When we start with ourselves and sustainable working practices, it has a small but positive impact that reverberates beyond the laboratory.

How has My Green Lab impacted lab culture?

When My Green Lab first started in 2013, there were fewer than 10 organisations with a program dedicated to laboratory sustainability. Today there are over 100 worldwide, and that number is quickly growing. We have certified over 700 lab groups and have worked with tens of thousands of scientists.

Not only is the culture changing in the lab, but it’s also changing in the companies that support labs. Companies are designing and packaging their products with sustainability in mind. Over 2000 products have been labeled with our ACT eco-label, and that number is quickly growing.


The webinar: Sustainability in the lab – January 26th 2022 @2pm – 3pm (BST)

The purpose of the webinar is to communicate the rationale and practical aspects of moving towards more green labs.


The leaders of the webinar Rachael Relph (Chief Sustainability Officer, My Green Lab) and Una Fitzgerald (Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator, Biomedical Engineering, National University of Ireland, Galway) will be sharing how MGL educates and takes action. They’ll be discussing ways to engage and create a green lab movement in your organisation. They will also be sharing the impact of what My Green Lab has achieved in the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) and what specific changes took place in the lab as part of their green lab efforts.

This is an exciting opportunity for the Pharmig membership and industry at large to be part of facilitating positive change through your working practices.

This webinar will be FREE to current (2022) Pharmig Members. You may well already be one through one of colleagues who has already taken out site membership. If you would like to find out – email and you could be eligible to attend this insightful webinar FREE!

Click here if you want to know more about My Green Lab and its initiatives