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Greener Products & Solutions

With a portfolio of more than 300,000 products that support 1 million customers, how we make, distribute and enable the use and disposal of those products can have a large and meaningful impact on the environment. We are committed to working with customers, employees and suppliers to develop new and innovative processes and products that contribute toward a healthier ecosystem and safer world.

Design for Sustainability

In 2014, we created Design for Sustainability (DfS)—our gold-standard design approach that keeps sustainability at the forefront of each stage of the product life cycle as we develop, engineer and re-engineer products to minimize environmental and health impact, and simultaneously improve product performance.

Development

By applying DfS principles in the Product Development Process, we strive toward lower material consumption, energy, water and waste footprints across the entire product life cycle—enabling our products to help customers not only meet sustainability goals, but surpass them. Under DfS, the Product Development Process consists of

1. Brainstorm life cycle impacts, opportunities and voices of customers In the early stages of the Product Development Process, we first identify the main sources of environmental impact throughout the entire product life cycle. We also conduct customer visits and interviews to gain a concrete understanding of their main constraints and requirements in terms of sustainability.

2. Assess and select target criteria Next, we identify potential areas of improvement and related sustainability objectives for product development. Typically, we select three or more product sustainability criteria among the following impact areas: materials, energy and emissions, waste, water, packaging, and usability and innovation.

3. Develop the product and assess improvement

During this stage, we design and test the product as well as assess and document progress toward our target sustainability objectives. We then assign a sustainability score to the project based on the number of product sustainability criteria met.

Using our DfS process, we created Stericup® E and Steritop® E filtration systems, which are greener alternatives to standard sterile filtration systems. The new Stericup® E and Steritop® E filtration systems were designed so that our customers can connect directly standard media bottles or glassware directly onto the filter unit, avoiding the use of a plastic funnel.

This innovative design allows to significantly reduce the amount of plastic per unit and related packaging compared to standard Stericup® and Steritop® filtration systems. It results in lower storage requirement and emissions during the transportation, and ultimately lower waste and related costs for our customers. See the Stericup® E and Steritop® E fitration systems product page for more information

Materials

Figure 1. Materials

Consultancy

We believe a company's dedication to the environment should go beyond offering "greener" products. That's why we focus on sharing our expertise and experience with customers, collaborating on ways to apply green chemistry design thinking to their own research and operations approaches. Have questions, please email us at corporateresponsibility@milliporesigma.com.

Re-engineering

We leverage our core strengths in innovation and the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry to re-engineer existing products and provide cutting-edge greener products and tools to more than 1 million customers around the world. We also created an industry-first framework that clarifies what is "greener" about our re-engineered greener alternatives for customers, other stakeholders, and our own scientists and researchers.

12 Principles of Green Chemistry

Our re-engineering approach is guided by the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry, developed by Paul T. Anastas and John C. Warner in 1991. These signposts guide us toward uncovering innovative solutions to big questions—like how to make chemicals, processes or products greener, thereby reducing environmental or human health risks and increasing energy efficiency.

12 principles of green chemistry

Figure 2. 12 principles of green chemistry

DOZN™

An industry first, DOZN™ is a proprietary Quantitative Green Chemistry Evaluator that enables us to consistently evaluate different products and processes against the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry, using readily available data and generally accepted industry practices. Through DOZN™, we are able to have meaningful communications about chemical sustainability options and, as noted above, clarify what's "greener" about our "greener alternatives" for customers, other stakeholders, and our own scientists and researchers.


Explore a real-life DOZN™ scoring example, which shows how we re-engineered the manufacturing of the enzyme β amylase.

DOZN™ scoring example

DOZN™ scoring example

Greener Alternative Products

We offer customers more than 900 greener alternatives to help reduce the environmental impact of their work while ensuring their results are not compromised. These greener alternative products, developed by leveraging our strengths in innovation and sustainability, are identified with a small green icon and fall into four categories:

1. Re-engineered Products Products manufactured with fewer resources, in a less hazardous manner and/or generate less waste, and scored on what's greener about them with DOZN™.

2. Principles Aligned Products One or more characteristics of the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry appear prominently in these products.

3. Enabling Products Through alternative energy research, these products help make greener alternatives possible.

4. DfS-developed products Products developed under our Design for Sustainability (DfS) approach that demonstrate significant sustainability characteristics.