Packaging to minimize environmental impact

Posted: December 3, 2015 by
Katie Mann

New England Biolabs announced the release of its Monarch Nucleic Acid Purification Kits. This new line of products utilizes a column design. 

Monarch kits are aligned with the NEB's commitment to promoting sustainable ecological practices and are designed to minimize environmental impact.

"One of NEB's founding principles is to develop state-of-the-art molecular biology reagents, while being mindful of their environmental impact," says John DeMartino, associate director of business development at NEB. "Nucleic acid purification techniques are notorious for producing large amounts of plastic waste. This was a concern we wished to address when designing our Monarch kits. Our kits use up to 44% less plastic and are packaged using responsibly-sourced, recyclable materials, which can help pave the way to a greener laboratory."

"Inefficient column design that retains buffer can introduce unwanted carryover contamination, such as salts, into your purified sample. This can significantly limit the efficiency of many downstream applications, such as ligation and restriction digestion," says Danielle Freedman, associate product marketing manager at NEB. "Monarch columns do not retain buffer, and therefore users can be confident that their DNA will perform as expected." 

Monarch kits demonstrate best-in-class performance for DNA cleanup and miniprep applications, according to a release.