SUSTAINABILITY

BEGINS AT HOME

At SLS Select Education, from our supply chain to our in-house practices we aim to be the most sustainable and environmentally friendly distributor to the laboratory market. We have a continuous commitment to offering sustainable products that offer the highest levels of build quality and performance, the longest lifespan and the lowest running costs. Through our dedicated sustainability team, we continuously review our range whilst ensuring our own practices meet the highest environmental standards.

It is our promise to support our customers in their efforts to eliminate needless expenditure and minimise the environmental impact of their research and processes. Working closely together, we remain committed to helping our customers achieve their own sustainability targets, delivering a better world for us and future generations.

To request a hard copy of our Sustainability brochure, please click here.

Here are a few of the initiatives we're currently running:

160,000 SHEETS

Implementation of a new paperless Warehouse Management System saving approx. 160,000 sheets of paper a year

VOID FILLER MATERIAL

We reuse any VOID FILLER MATERIAL sent by our suppliers

£150k INVESTMENT

in a new insulated roof to the Nottingham site, reducing heat loss, leading to less gas usage

WEEE WASTE

100 fluorescent tubes recycled

245kg non-obligated WEEE waste recycled

101kg hazardous non-obligated WEEE waste recycled

VANS OUR FLEET

have Euro 6 engines (The Euro 6 standard sets out the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions since September 2015. Over half of our deliveries are 100% carbon offset

CO2 IN 2020

we will have planted 1000 trees which will offset 33.33 tons of CO2 (per year) – minimising our impact on the environment and our carbon footprint

TONS RECYCLED

1.020 tons of waste glass to new

21.6 tons of cardboard recycled

2.904 tons mixed plastics recycled

4.5 tons of office paper recycled

TONER WASTE RECYCLING

In partnership with Clover Environmental solutions, each collection raises money for charities, Bullying UK & Leeds. 

32.95 TONS of waste

100% waste diverted from landfill equating to a CO2 reduction equal to four cars off the road for a year or 33 trees planted over their lifetime

FSC CERTIFIED SOURCES

All cardboard boxes bought for packaging are from FSC CERTIFIED SOURCES

£7K INVESTMENT

in a high speed environmental automatic door at goods in, to prevent heat loss leading to less gas usage

LIGHTS OVER 75%

of our Nottingham facility uses low energy motion sensor LED lighting

Travel SCHEME

We have joined Nottingham’s Tram2Work scheme to encourage more employees to use public transport

60K PLASTIC CUPS

the use of which has been eliminated due to EVERYONE at the Nottingham site having been given reusable cups for use with the vending machines

1.664 TONS

of tip boxes removed from customers' sites under our waste to energy scheme. We are currently trialing a Plastic2Purpose scheme.

14% REDUCTION

in electricity consumption between 2016 and 2019 despite operating for longer hours

RECYCLABLE CATALOGUES

Our catalogues are all recyclable and we encourage our customers to do so

TIPS FOR A

SUSTAINABLE LAB

Centrifuge tubes

Glass centrifuge tubes

Pipette tips

Volumetric (bulb) pipettes or graduated if Class A
accuracy is not required. <1mL - use microsyringe with
repeating despenser attachment

Weighing boats

Weighing papers or glass boats, FSC certified paper or weighing boats

Tubes & bottles

Substitute glass wherever possible


Single-Use Plastics

  • Where possible substitute plastics with glass, card or paper
  • Whilst it is good to recycle its even better to re-use or reduce. Where sterility isnt critical
  • e.g. teaching labs, reusing will not only cut plastic waste but reduce costs
    • If possible, reduce the size of tube or container that you use
    • Try to cut down on packaging buy in bulk and share resources with others

 

Saving Energy

  • ULT Freezers  by increasing the temperature from -80 to -70 the energy consumption is potentially reduced by up to 37%. Not only that, it puts less strain on the compressor and lengthens the life of the freezer!
    • Use racking prevents big temperature changes
    • Keep an inventory so old samples arent taking up valuable space cutting down the need for more freezer space
    • Keep opening times down to a minimum
    • Defrost regularly
  • Fume Hoods  generally ventilation systems and fume hoods can fall into two categories Constant Air Volume (CAV) and Variable Air Volume (VAV). The amount air flowing through VAV fume hoods can be adjusted by the height of the sash. If the sash is lowered the speed of the exhaust fan and the volume of air being exhausted is reduced. The energy savings could be as much as 40%
  • Drying Cabinets  use a timer switch so these aren't left on overnight or over the weekend
  • Laminar Flow and Biosafety Cabinets turn off when not in use. They can consume around 15kWh/day about half as much as an average house!
  • Energy anything thats used for heating or cooling can consume a lot of energy so switch it off when not inuse. Alternatively use timer switches so equipment can be turned on and ready for use first thing if needs be. Remember the heat generated from freezers, water baths, Dri Blocks, ovens etc will also make your labs air con work harder and in turn increase energy usage

Labs consume three to five times more energy than the equivalent sized office

Other Considerations

Estimated life span of product

Origin of product

Water consumption

Disposal/removal of product

Packaging and disposal thereof

Recyclability

CERTIFICATES

AND POLICIES

We take our CSR very seriously and this not only covers our sustainability goals, but other areas including human rights, equal opportunities, modern slavery, environmental and waste management.

If you have an idea for sustainable case study - please speak to your local SLS representative

If you can't find the document you are seeking please contact us.

Carbon Management Policy
CIPS Sustainability Index Rated Supplier
Enviroment
Policy
Waste Carrier Registration