Alpha Laboratories is celebrating ten years of its Laboratree scheme with an extra way to collect tokens and plant trees.
Thanks to dedicated LaboraTree members who have been collecting tokens from their pipette tip packs, more than 1,500 trees have been planted across the country since the scheme was launched in 2009.
To celebrate, LaboraTree tokens will now appear on ZAP tip packs in addition to Fastrak tip refill packs. Fastrak is a pipette tip refill system designed to minimise waste, save time and space and helps lower carbon footprints. Compared with other tip refill systems it is smaller, lighter and uses less packaging. Its production is eco-friendly, using renewable, fully recyclable materials, non-toxic vegetable inks and solar power. They are designed to fit most major pipette brands and are thoroughly tested for assurance of accuracy and precision.
ZAP Filter Tips are Fastrak’s sister product – refilling ZAP tip boxes with Fastrak tips enables them to be re-used again and again. With 30% of the energy needed to make ZAP tips coming directly from solar panels, the products make the perfect green tip combination.
Derek Connolly at National Milk Laboratories, which has just planted its 100th tree, said: “We chose Fastrak due to the quality of the tips, the price, the time saved refilling tip boxes, plus the added bonus of helping the environment with the Laboratree scheme. Our lab team think it is rewarding and actively participate in ensuring they retrieve the stickers from the boxes so that we can grow our ‘own’ mini forest. I think the Laboratree scheme is valuable and should be supported. Laboratory work can be frustrating with how much non-recyclable material is produced, so if we can help the environment in any way we should.”
The Laboratree scheme is free to join and exclusive to Fastrak and ZAP tip users.