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MilliporeSigma Honors America Recycles Day Today and Every Day

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Can you imagine a future where the life science industry uses the same plastic that you threw in the bin today? On America Recycles Day, and every day, MIlliporeSigma, the US and Canada Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is working toward a future with a reduced dependence on virgin plastic.

MilliporeSigma Joins Cyclyx Consortium As First Founding Member Representing the Life Sciences Industry

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Integrating a focus on sustainability throughout all phases of a product’s life cycle introduces continuous innovation in the forms of greener product alternatives, more sustainable packaging and distribution, and expanded recycling and reuse programs.

MilliporeSigma's Jeffrey Whitford Named Professional of the Year at PRNEWS' CSR & Nonprofit Awards

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MilliporeSigma's Jeffrey Whitford, head of sustainability and social business innovation, was named Professional of the Year at PRNEWS' virtual CSR & Nonprofit Awards. Whitford has worked with his team to develop sustainable initiatives and science education programs to build on MilliporeSigma's leading corporate responsibility platform.

Check out Jeffrey's full profile here.

MilliporeSigma Makes Strides Toward Smaller Footprints

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MilliporeSigma is working year-round, not just on Earth Day, to provide customers with the widest range of solutions to help minimize their environmental footprint—something the company is also investing in itself.

Check out the infographic to see the work MilliporeSigma is doing to create smaller footprints.

Cleaning up Our Plastics for Recycling

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Not surprising, biopharma plastic recycling isn’t as simple as recycling ordinary plastic. In fact, approximately 30,000 tons of biopharma single use plastic products are landfilled or incinerated each year. One of the key reasons for this lack of recyclability is that biopharma plastics often contain a mixture of silicon, polyethylene and polypropylene – materials that are difficult to separate. In addition, purifying these types of plastics has also proven to be very difficult.

Breathing New Life Into Old Lab Equipment

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In light of growing concern over the accumulation of single-use and disposable products, new recycling solutions have emerged. MilliporeSigma’s Biopharma Recycling Program uses a process from waste management company Triumvirate Environmental to recycle “bioreactor, buffer and sampling bags (multilayered films), and assemblies and filters,” says Jacqueline Ignacio, global manager, customer sustainability solutions at MilliporeSigma.

MilliporeSigma Employee Spotlight: Jacqueline Ignacio

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MilliporeSigma Employee Spotlight: Jacqueline Ignacio

As part of our employee spotlight series, we’re sitting down with Jacqueline Ignacio, global manager, customer sustainability solutions at MilliporeSigma, to learn more about the work she’s doing to change the way the life science industry looks at waste. The life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada. 

1. How did you get your start with MilliporeSigma?

Finding New Life for Single-Use Biopharma Plastic Waste

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The picnic table at which you’re enjoying your summer BBQ may have been a plastic glove, shoe cover or chemical container involved in the manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals in its past life.

MilliporeSigma Tech Talk: Biopharma Recycling Program

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See how we're changing the way the world looks at single-use waste with the Biopharma Recycling Program. For more information, visit our website. 

MilliporeSigma Recycling Programs Give Waste New Life

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Single-use plastic is on the rise in the life science industry—making it increasingly important to change the end-of-life scenario for products, which often end up in landfills or are incinerated. MilliporeSigma continues to tackle this issue through its unique, industry-first recycling programs operated in partnership with Triumvirate Environmental—taking big steps toward smaller footprints.

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