“I enjoy ordering products much more when the company cares about our environment. So, I was very pleased to learn that BioEcho reduces product packaging and uses sustainable materials wherever possible.”
Molecular Biologist, Klinikum Fürth, Germany
- Up to 70% less plastic waste
- Due to fewer steps needed compared to silica methods, fewer plastic consumables are thrown out after the extraction process
- Plastic bags and packaging materials are reduced to a minimum. The remaining bags in the kits are made from biodegradable bioplastic (polylactic-acid, PLA), which is based on the renewable resource starch instead of oil-based plastics
- Smaller kits free up shelf space in your laboratory
- Fewer hazardous reagents are used in the kits, contributing to user health, minimal health risks, and reduced disposal costs
- The conditioning plate can be reused several times
- For this reason, the plate is not part of the kit and can be purchased separately
- Carton boxes are made from 70% recycled paper and are 100% recyclable (water-based ink)
- Plates are made from 100% polypropylene and are easily recyclable (consult with your waste manager for regional regulations and recycle only decontaminated material)
Plastic waste comparison
The plastic waste and liquid waste of an EchoLUTION DNA extraction kit (right) and a corresponding silica-based kit (left) were collected for comparison. 50 DNA extractions each were performed according to the supplier’s protocols. Using the BioEcho EchoLUTION kit results in up to 70 % less plastic waste when compared with the silica-based bind-wash-elute kit (depending on the used kit). In addition, fewer toxic reagents are included in the BioEcho DNA extraction kits.
Comparison of the theoretical worldwide plastic waste from nucleic acid extraction kits when using BioEcho EchoLUTION Kits versus silica-based kits1,2.
Comparison of the theoretical worldwide disposal costs for nucleic acid extraction kits when using BioEcho EchoLUTION Kits versus silica-based kits1,3.
(1) Nucleic Acid Isolation and Purification Market [...] - Global Forecast to 2020. marketsandmarkets, November 2015
(2) Weight of plastic and regents of a 50 reaction kit: each have been set into relation to the worldwide number of reactions performed 2020 and extrapolated
(3) Kind of lab waste and respective prices 2019, Vienna waste management (Wienenergie)
Marketing and Sales
- Fewer printed marketing materials
- Sustainable print materials with 100% recycled paper and plant-based ink
- User manuals and instructions for use as online version only
- Climate-neural marketing materials
- Water-based ink on carton boxes and labels
- No environmentally unfriendly finishing of marketing materials
- Reusable trade-show systems
- Fairphones for our sales force
- Green website hosting
Supply Chain management
- Detailed questionnaire to find the best suitable supplier in terms of distance, fairness, social responsibility, reliability and more
- Preference for suppliers from Germany and Europe to reduce the carbon footprint
- Replacement of plastic bedding with paper-based bedding
- Reusable kit components can be purchased separately to reduce unnecessary waste
Research and Development (R&D)
- Replacement of toxic reagents with environmentally friendly alternatives
- Collective purchasing of consumables
- Suppliers requested to reduce unnecessary packaging materials
- Batch orders preferred
- Energy-efficient instruments
Get inspired by our actions
One of our goals for 2022 is to receive the MyGreenLab certification for our laboratories.
This is an assessment to find out how environmentally friendly a laboratory is and to implement several changes within a certain time frame to become more sustainable. It is a great program, and we are very excited to be part of the MyGreenLab community!
Approximately 40,000 Euros of our revenues were donated to different charities in 2021.
BioEcho employees can suggest charities they would like to support with this money. In 2021 we donated to Ocean Conservancy and NABU, among others.
Der Grüne Punkt
We participate in the European packaging waste management system.
Germans love to recycle and so do we. Therefore, we contribute to a closed-cycle economy by participating in the dual system of the Green Dot.
We thank our customers and collaboration partners by sending them a ThankU.
For every ThankU sent, the organization behind it supports a good cause of our choice, be it planting trees, cleaning the ocean or protecting wildlife. For instance, every digital Christmas card sent to our customers in 2021 contained a ThankU.
Action-day for employees
As part of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) and at the initiative by one of our employees, our management has allowed to use one day per year for a good cause or social activity. This could be participating in Fridays-for-future demonstrations, picking ip trash in the park, organizing gifts for the elderly or children, and much more.
Discounted job tickets to allow sustainable transportation by public transport
Weekly sports program and monthly massages for free
Regular social events like online cooking or summer parties
Free water, coffee, tea, and regional fruits
We know this is an ambitious goal and we will need to keep changing and improving, but we believe that this is the only way to slow down climate change and contribute to the 1.5 °C goal set by the Paris agreement. We also think that sustainability is a topic, where everyone should stand together and share knowledge wherever possible. If you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to reach out.