Cooler Return Program Is a ‘Win-Win’ for Lab

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Cooler Return Program Is a ‘Win-Win’ for Lab

UC-Berkeley’s Glaunsinger Lab reduces environmental impact by reusing coolers for its temperature-sensitive reagents, chemicals and kits.

A MilliporeSigma cooler is shown with the cooler return label on top of the cooler lid. This label shows the procedure for shipping the cooler back to MilliporeSigma.

An example of a case containing a cooler ready to return to ship to MilliporeSigma to prepare it for reuse.

A UC Berkeley employee voluntarily transports and recycles coolers from other vendors that cannot be returned using the MilliporeSigma return program.

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CAMPAIGN: Sustainable Operations

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By Jim Butschli

As a believer in the coexistence of science and the environment, the Glaunsinger Lab at the University of California-Berkeley takes a proactive approach to its efforts to recycle and reuse coolers needed for the storage and shipment of temperature-sensitive reagents, chemicals and kits.

That approach, however, became more difficult to adhere to as the number of polystyrene cooler return programs dwindled, representing a disturbing trend to Lab Manager Jennifer Blancas. To remedy that environmental concern, the Glaunsinger Lab now works with MilliporeSigma. “They’re one of the few vendors that have a cooler return program,” she explains.

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Keywords: Supply Chain & the Circular Economy | Environment | Glaunsinger Lab | MilliporeSigma | Recycling | Responsible Business & Employee Engagement | Responsible Production & Consumption | UC Berkeley | polystyrene cooler | polystyrene cooler return program | recycling Styrofoam coolers

CAMPAIGN: Sustainable Operations

CONTENT: Article