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Sustainability

STARLAB UK supplies laboratory consumables and equipment, and a pipette calibration service to academia, UK-wide. Operating a successful and profitable business is important to us, but we aim to achieve this with as little impact and distress as possible to both people and the planet. STARLAB was one of the first UK companies within its sector to obtain ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management. STARLAB prides itself on being a green company and works on long-term strategies to reduce the company’s impact on the environment in terms of both products produced and the day to day running of the business. All aspects of the business which have an environmental impact are continually monitored with the view to reducing that impact by 5% each year. STARLAB believes in investing in people and encourages the training and development of all staff and team morale is regarded as important. STARLAB is an innovative and consultative company that builds close professional ties with its customers, and takes customer feedback back to our R&D team so researcher-requested features can be incorporated into new products, thus both improving our product range and benefiting the end-user in their daily laboratory routines. STARLAB’s business ethos is one of fairness, honesty and transparency for everyone with whom it deals, and to provide our customers with high quality products and services at a fair price.


TipOne Recycling Collection Service

STARLAB prides itself on being a ‘green’ company. As a manufacturer, our green ideas start with the Research & Development of greener products that:

  • consume less materials without compromising quality
  • are manufactured with the use of less emissions
  • can be reused in order to reduce waste
  • can be recycled

REUSE, REFILL, RECYCLE!

Our TipOne pipette tip system comprises refill systems that reduces the amount of materials used in their manufacture, as well as promoting the reuse of racks already out in the field, thus reducing waste. Our non-filtered refills are designed so autoclaving is not necessary as certification is not compromised during racking. If autoclaving is needed however, our TipOne racks can withstand repeated autoclaving while retaining its stability, strength and shape. Our sterile filter tip refill provides an economical and eco-friendly alternative to racked sterile filter tips.

It’s easy to recycle with STARLAB

No need to separate different plastics! All components of the TipOne system are made from Polypropylene so the rack, the refill wafers, and the refill packaging can all go into the same recycling bin.

Sign up for our recycling collection service!

We will set up recycling collections to suit your individual lab or site-wide requirements. We can arrange regular collections (eg. Monthly) or can collect your recycling on an ad-hoc basis as when you let us know you have enough recycling ready for collection.

Download: TipOne Recycling Collections fact sheet

To set up a recycling collection service, contact your Account manager, or the STARLAB office on 01908 283800 or at recycling@starlab.co.uk.


Click Here to Require a Recycling Collection
Or you can download the Biohazard Free Recycling Declaration Form.


STAR Recycler

Coming soon! Become a StarRecycler and receive certification from STARLAB for excellence in recycling and green practices.

''CIPS Sustainability Index Rated Supplier

STARLAB UK has been through a rigorous, independent online audit endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

We scored very favourably in all three areas audited, with a rating that will allow our customers to achieve their sustainable purchasing objectives:

  • ECONOMIC 89%
  • ENVIRONMENTAL 95%
  • SOCIAL 94%

STARLAB UK is proud to be rated among the top performing organisations for our size and industry sector. We will continue to regularly review our organisation strategies in all areas to ensure we continue to implement and maintain good sustainable business practices.

Download CIPS Certificate

IRLA: Better Prices, Ethically Traded

Special project to tailor the existing (IRLA) lab consumables agreement for LUPC members

There is more to buying well than simply getting a good price. It’s about balancing quality, sustainability and good value.

The original IRLA tender process looked carefully at suppliers’ sustainability and carbon management policies, environmental impact, travel plans and even their community investment programmes; but the only question relating to ethical trading was whether they uphold the minimum standards set out by the International Labour Organisation. LUPC took this a step further, and using the nine elements of the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code, compiled further information on each supplier to establish where they meet recognised ethical trading standards.

Across the 11 lots, there are 16 suppliers of lab consumables. Each was invited to participate in this project, and 10 responded; STARLAB being one of them.

STARLAB, along with the other 9 suppliers who responded, provided satisfactory non-core product contract prices, agreed to adopt the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code and have provided details of monitoring, reporting and auditing systems of these base codes across their entire supply chain.


Download LUPC – Ethical Trading Document