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Sustainable Science: Introducing Carbon-Neutral Shipping

By Matthew Bartolucci on 4/22/20 8:10 PM

Did you know that laboratory facilities often use 5-10x more energy compared to similarly-sized “normal” office spaces? Abveris is enacting sweeping changes to our laboratory and business operations to reduce our company's carbon footprint. 

In this post, we’ll detail our initiatives built to dramatically reduce the carbon cost of our shipping, including adopting carbon-neutral shipping methods and material reuse programs. We’ll share tips to implement similar changes at your company, too. 

Cold-chain shipping:

Shipping is an important part of scientific collaborations today, which often extend beyond state and country lines. Since our founding five years ago, we’ve collaborated with scientists in more than 15 countries across four continents. For shipment of temperature-sensitive materials, we often rely on energy-intensive cold chain shipping methods that require additional packaging and refrigerants like ice packs, dry ice or liquid nitrogen. 

Carbon Offsets & Carbon-Neutral Shipping

Carbon offset programs allow small companies and individuals to participate in environmental projects to balance out their own carbon footprints. Abveris participates in verified carbon offset programs to support reforestation, landfill gas destruction, wastewater treatment, and methane destruction. 

You may be asking: how can I use carbon-neutral shipping?

Major shipping companies like UPS offer carbon-neutral shipping options. You'll be surprised to find that, often, the switch to carbon-neutral shipping will only impact shipment cost by $1 or less. 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We are reducing our use of virgin materials by reusing the insulated shippers sent to us by our suppliers. We receive many high-quality insulated shipping containers used for the shipment of non-hazardous materials, like culture media.  Simply by reusing shipping boxes, we able to cut our use of virgin materials in half without sacrificing any quality of the materials we deliver to you.   

You may be asking: how can I start a box reuse program? 

Reusing a box should be easy in most BSL1 and BSL2 laboratory settings. Here are some quick tips to make sure you’re preparing the box appropriately to ship without issue:

  • Cover all outer box labels from the box's previous journey. 

    Cover all of the labels on the box, even those that might still be relevant. We recommend using blank white shipping labels to “white-out” and cover all of the stickers. Add the new box labels on top of the “white-out.”  This is important to ensure there are no delays in your shipment. 

  • When in doubt, throw it out.

    If the box is structurally compromised or potentially contaminated, it should not be reused. Only use boxes in good condition to keep your precious samples (and the people handling them) safe. 

  • For international shipments, it’s best to use new.

    During international shipping, it is best practice to present a tidy, clearly labeled product for customs agents. Additionally, for long distance shipments, it is important to select a container with well-defined limitations so you know how long the box will keep your samples cool. During long-distance journeys there may be limited opportunities for dry ice or ice pack replenishment. 

Topics: Green Initiatives
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Sustainable Science: Introduction to Our Green Initiatives Blog

By Matthew Bartolucci on 2/7/20 7:30 AM

Abveris is excited to announce our new Green Initiatives blog series.
Why are we “green-ing” our operations?

We are a group of biopharmaceutical scientists advancing a scientific mission to produce better biotherapeutic drugs. While our mission does not directly relate to environmental science, we recognize that environmental health ties directly to human health. Global climate scientists have reached a clear consensus: to address climate change, dramatic action must be taken now. To ignore our company’s contribution to global carbon emissions and climate change is irresponsible.

What’s the plan?

Abveris is enacting sweeping changes to our laboratory and business operations to reduce our company's carbon footprint. Did you know that laboratory facilities use 5-10x more energy compared to similarly-sized “normal” office spaces? As our lab continues to grow, we're scrutinizing our policies on energy use and sustainability so we can build valuable therapeutic products without leaving a harmful footprint.

Why are we blogging about it?

In this blog series, you’ll find information about our efforts to overhaul our company operations and move towards net carbon-neutrality. These initiatives extend beyond our laboratory and office to build support for eco-conscious behaviors at work, at home, and in our supply chain. By showcasing what we are doing in our labs and offices, we hope that other pharmaceutical scientists can follow our progress and enact changes in their own companies and institutions.

In each of our posts, we’ll break down the following:
  • What specific action are we taking to address climate change?
  • Why are we making a change?
  • What's the implementation strategy?
  • How do we expect to make an impact?
  • How can you, the reader, make a similar change in your own company?

Check out this blog series at abveris.com/greenscience to stay updated on our progress!

Topics: Green Initiatives