Closing the Loop
Closing the loop means looking at not only what we take and how we make, but also what happens to our products when they have reached their end-of-useful life.
It means moving away from the linear manufacturing model toward a cyclical model that challenges how we use energy and our dependence on natural resources in favor of a more resource-efficient, closed-loop system.
As we make products, we strive to use the least amount of energy possible, to find ways to reduce water usage in both product and process, and to pay attention to the resource intensity of every facility—whether it’s water for landscaping at our corporate offices or lighting retrofits for our warehouses.
Learn more about our Eco-efficiency
Packaging is a primary focus for us. We want our products to survive transportation, and we want our packaging to be so efficient that we can increase freight density and use less fuel per truckload. When we get it right, we lower costs, lower our carbon intensity, and, at the same time, delight our customers because they have less trash to throw away. Our conversation about distribution doesn’t end with delivery of our products to customers; to be sustainable, we must also consider reverse logistics. We believe that in the future, no trucks should go empty. Companies will partner with one another to coordinate reverse transportation schemes so that, once our product is delivered, we can fill the truck with returnable product packaging.
Learn more about our Sustainable packaging
We are partnering with our customers to help them green their own labs and improve the efficiency of their operations. We believe it is our responsibility to provide our customers with sustainable product options that are less hazardous, create less waste, are energy-efficient, use sustainable packaging, and can be sustainably disposed.
Learn more about our Greener product alternatives
End of Life
Zero waste, to us, also means zero landfill. We don’t want our instruments to end up in the landfill, and we also don’t want them to sit idle at a customer’s site, taking up valuable laboratory real estate. Bringing no-longer-useful instruments back to be refurbished, as part of our Rapid Exchange Program, means we can harvest high-value parts and responsibly recycle what remains.
Learn more about our Product take-back