Lab Waste

by Eva Amsen

Here’s a project I’ve been working on since April. Today I finally sat down and finished it. It’s a video about lab waste.

Lab Waste from Eva Amsen on Vimeo.

We’ve all been told to reduce, reuse, and recycle when it comes to our households. But in the lab, unless there is an underlying money issue, this rarely comes into play. In cell biology or molecular biology labs the emphasis is on working sterile, quickly and reproducibly. So companies have been selling all these incredibly useful products to life science labs: sterile plastic tubes of all shapes and sizes, single wrap multi-well tissue culture plates, sterile plastic dishes, sterile pipettes. All these products make it a lot easier to do the required work. I can’t even imagine how you could work in a cell culture lab without them, but they do create a lot of waste.
I made this video as a creative outlet and to try and raise some awareness of all the disposables in the lab, and give some mild suggestions on how to reduce the pile of trash by a tiny amount. Every bit helps, right?

Visit the video page for full information and credits.


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Carla July 7, 2008 - 10:05 PM

That’s a cool video! I’ve been working for many years in a lab at university and I definitely know what you mean… We tried to recycle as much as possible, also because this single-use equipment is quite expensive in the end. hehe 🙂

Ryan Somma July 8, 2008 - 6:48 PM

Very professional, important message, and proposed solutions! Well done!

Graham Steel July 13, 2008 - 10:05 AM

Excellent video Eva. Very well thought and put together.

The video page is also excellent.

Double points for using a CC 😉

So an all round well done !!

Fourth Breakfast July 13, 2008 - 10:42 PM

Nice job. Excellent musicality. Concrete suggestions.

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