Lab Waste
August 17, 2008 5:49 PM   Subscribe

Lab Waste
(video) We've all been told to reduce, reuse, and recycle when it comes to our households. But in a lab setting, unless there is an underlying money issue, this rarely comes into play. Life science labs use a lot of sterile disposables that end up in land fill. I made this video as a creative outlet and to try and raise some awareness of all the disposables in the lab, and give some mild suggestions on how to reduce the pile of trash by a tiny amount.

Lab Waste is licensed under a creative commons license, and uses photos from Flickr and cc-licensed sound and music fragments (including a track from Metafilter's own Brad Sucks). The video page contains all the links to the photos and music, and lists my inspirations for making it.
Featured in the Harvard Recycling Newsletter this month (I kind of hope that's only an online outlet, and not something that comes out in print in large numbers every month.)
posted by easternblot (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I enjoyed it. And I watched it on a (cell biology) lab computer without speakers. Kudos for making a video that gets its message across perfectly without audio!
posted by Mapes at 9:00 AM on August 18, 2008

It's better *with* audio! It matches the music and there are garbage truck sounds at various places.
posted by easternblot at 9:14 PM on August 18, 2008

Oh, man, how true, how true... You should see the boxes Illumina used to send us. Huge styrofoam containers packed with 20kg of dry ice, all for a little bottle of some reagent or another. A colleague from Peru used to tell me that back home, they routinely re-used PCR plates after thoroughly cleaning them, and frankly, if you're doing forensics, it probably makes a lot of sense.

I like not being in a lab anymore. :)
posted by greatgefilte at 6:45 AM on August 19, 2008

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