Our products: smart and green

Our products help to overcome global challenges, such as climate change or resource scarcity, and we support our customers in achieving their sustainability goals.

Develop Sustainable Products

We want to reduce the environmental and health impacts of our products across their entire life cycle, from their manufacture to use through to disposal. In addition, we want to support our customers in improving the sustainability footprint of their products. To accomplish this, we must start right at the beginning of product development and find specific solutions.   

OLEDs – less energy, more power

OLEDs – organic light-emitting diodes – are the future of display technology: Their brilliant colors and high contrasts lead to a particularly high-quality image. But there is even more to these OLEDs: They can even be developed to be flexible, foldable or rollable. At the same time, OLEDs also use electricity only when they really need it. Each OLED pixel lights up on its own and does not need any backlighting as is necessary for conventional LCD screens. The displays are thus not only considerably flatter and brighter, but they also consume considerably less energy. Thanks to the considerably lower energy consumption of the OLEDs, they are frequently used in smartphones and large screens with a particularly high resolution. OLED technology helps improve the energy efficiency of display significantly. 

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Did you know?

  • 1b

    smartphones on the market with OLED displays.

  • 6b

    smartphones were on the market in 2020.

Cyrene: a green solvent

Solvents are used for a diverse range of applications, including chemical cleaning, for printer ink or as nail polish remover. Unfortunately, many solvents are harmful to the environment, which is why they are subject to strict legal restrictions. For this reason, we developed the environmentally sound solvent Cyrene™ together with the Australian Circa Group and the University of York (United Kingdom). It is biologically extracted from raw materials that regrow quickly and its manufacture is practically energy-neutral. With Cyrene™, we are ensuring a sustainable pattern for consumption and production and thus supporting SDG target 12.4 of achieving the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle.

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Did you know?

  • 1000+

    of our Life Science products are considered greener alternatives.

  • 225

    metric kilotons of the toxic solvent DMF can be replaced by CyreneTM every year.

SMASH packaging – we are shrinking our ecological footprint

From biochemicals and laboratory chemicals to filtration systems and laboratory instruments – we offer more than 300,000 products in our Life Science portfolio. We want to design the packaging of all these products more sustainably. For this reason, we started our sustainable packaging strategy known as “SMASH Packaging” in 2019. By avoiding, reducing, re-using, and recycling packaging materials, we make a substantial contribution to achieving SDG target 12.5. Our objective is to reduce the amount of waste significantly by 2030 by preventing, reducing, recycling, and re-using.   

SMASH Packaging

Our packaging strategy “SMASH Packaging” covers four areas: “Shrink”, “Secure”, “Switch”, and “Save”. As a result, it contributes to greater sustainability. Learn more

Filtration with less plastic

Our greener alternative to our Stericup® sterile filtration system, the Stericup® E, allows our customers to connect the bottle containing the sample being filtered directly to the Stericup® E filtration unit, thus avoiding the use of a plastic funnel. This product can reduce the amount of plastic used by up to 48% and the amount and size of plastic and corrugated packaging by up to 73%. The unit of sale is then lighter and smaller, which leads to a reduction of CO2 emissions during transport. In addition, less space is needed to store the product at our distribution centers or at customers’ facilities, while reducing the volume and cost of waste disposal for our customers. Taking the entire life cycle into consideration, this can reduce the global warming potential of the product by up to 46%.

Greener filtration: Stericup® E

  • 46%

    Up to 46% less global warming potential

  • 48%

    Up to 48% less plastic

  • Sustainable innovations

    Science and technology are at the heart of everything we do, driving innovations that enable us to contribute to a sustainable future.

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  • Envisioning tomorrow

    Making a positive difference: We use the latest scientific findings to develop projects with world-changing potential.

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  • Measuring sustainability

    Successful sustainability management requires tools that can quantitatively measure sustainability, a critical element in guiding our sustainability practices.

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