Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful Holiday Season!
– The Discovery Immunology Team at LakePharma.
The 2020 Discovery Immunology Christmas Tree is made entirely of pipette tip box inserts.
As all environmentalists know, not all plastics are created the same, and as a result they cannot be recycled in the same way. In 1988, the Society of Plastics Industry (SPI) implemented a resin identification coding (RIC) system. The RIC allows recyclers to differentiate between different varieties of plastics based on the numbering system within the three-arrow triangle-shaped recycling logo. Plastics with the number “1” are made of polyethylene terephthalate, or PETE for short. PETE plastics, from which most water and soda bottles are made, are of higher quality and can easily be recycled and sold off to be reused.
Other plastics with higher numerical designations, such as those number 3 through 5, tend to be of lesser quality and inherent value. The pipette inserts used to build the Christmas tree, stamped with the number “5”, are made of polypropylene, or PP for short. PP plastics have become ingrained in our lives and have been incorporated in everything from clothes, cars, and even furniture. Unfortunately, with recent oil prices having dropped in the last couple of years, some plastics such as these now cost more to recycle and reuse than for petrochemical companies to create brand new virgin plastics.
Without the guarantee that these inserts would find a new life, and in a constant effort to reduce our carbon footprint at LakePharma, the DI team has decided to reuse and repurpose these inserts. Rather than buying a freshly chopped down tree or buying a factory made one, we have built our own!
Over 1,200 inserts (279 red and 981 green) were used in the making of this tree, and at roughly 40 grams per insert, this represents more than 50 kilograms of plastic that would have had an uncertain future.
Each insert held exactly 96 pipette tips, all of which contributed to the generation of hybridomas and the discovery of potentially life-changing therapeutic and diagnostic monoclonal antibodies. See what one of our recent clients had to say about partnering with LakePharma and their anticipated success in 2021.
How much bigger will the DI tree be next year? Stay tuned to find out!