The ACT label is the first environmental impact factor label for laboratory products, developed by the non-profit organization My Green Lab. ACT—which stands for Accountability, Consistency, and Transparency—is designed to provide critical information on the environmental impact of laboratory products. Micronic participates in this great program so that purchasers can make informed decisions about a product’s environmental impact and to promote sustainability in the laboratory. The labels give (potential) users more insight into the manufacturing process of a product, the user impact and the end of life.
Recently we have recertified our existing labels for the 1.40ml internally threaded tube and 4.00ml externally threaded tube. Both tube types now have an Environmental Impact Factor (EIF) of 32.8, which is a 12.8-point reduction compared to the last label for the 1.40ml internally threaded tube and a 12.6-point reduction for the 4.00ml externally threaded tube. In the paragraph below we will explain the main sustainable initiatives that have been implemented at Micronic to receive a lower score on our renewed ACT labels.
The score for the first category on the label, Manufacturing Impact Reduction, has been reduced significantly from 3.0 to 1.0. since we have taken steps to reduce our use of water, energy, and waste at the manufacturing facility. For instance, we have installed LED lighting, implemented a closed-loop water system and managed to reduce sprue waste. Furthermore, the shipping impact has been decreased because of the possibility to have EU/UK labels now next to US labels. The main manufacturing facility of Micronic is located in the Netherlands. Lastly our product packaging became more sustainable. The outer box is now also made of FSC certified cardboard.
Overall, the EIF score has been reduced to a total of 32.8 compared to 45.6 on our former labels. For this we are incredibly proud and it motivates us to even further improve the score for the future. As Micronic we always look at ways to be more sustainable and to identify opportunities for us to reduce the impact on the environment for our products. The renewed ACT-labels are valid until May 2023.