Mt. Baker Bio is a small woman-owned life science manufacturer and supply company.
Unlike the rest of our competitors, we focus exclusively on developing products and services to make the biomedical community greener. Why? Because the everyday operations have a significant impact on the environment. Harmful chemicals, single-use plastics, high water and electricity use to name a few. Because the concept of laboratory sustainability is so new, we created a consulting/education division to educate institutions on how they can be more sustainable and seamlessly adopt new products and practices.
There are thousands of tons of plastic entering the landfills every year from hospitals and laboratories. It is estimated that plastics are the largest contributor to biomedical solid waste streams. We can make buildings more sustainable, use less water and electricity but there is little to address the environmental impact of plastics. Improper disposal results in thousands of dollars of wasted financial resources and creates a long-term pollution problem.
|Make laboratory products more sustainable.
To address the need for more sustainable single-use plastic alternatives, Mt. Baker Bio has developed BIO D2D Plasticware. This a first generation family of products includes; microcentrifuge tubes, conical centrifuge tubes, bench top pads, pipet tips, barrier pipet tips and serological pipets. The performance of the plastics are identical or exceed market standards yet will safely biodegrade in 10 years or less, in optimal biologically active landfill environment.
|Educate institutions on waste reduction options.
To truly be sustainable, we can't make it just about the products. Plastic waste has taken a back seat to other environmental concerns such as water, chemicals and electricity. One of the easiest things that we can do is identify what can be recycled and re-used. Laboratories simply need to know what and how. Mt. Baker Bio develops lab specific recycling programs to help divert useful plastics to the proper channels. Reducing the solid waste stream provides significant cost savings and minimizes the environmental impact of the facility.
Working closely with institutions to identify problems that are not being addressed, allows us to continue to drive innovation. Our waste tracking software to be launched next month will help Mt. Baker Bio and our customers gather metrics on how well the waste reduction efforts are working and quantify savings. Laboratories also provide us specific direction on what new products need to be developed.