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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reimagine

What does it take to be green in a world of plastic? Labcon is committed to developing innovative products that provide the high quality performance you need with the additional benefit of reducing our consumption of the world’s limited resources. We design every product with their full life cycle in mind and incorporate concepts of “eco-efficiency,” using minimalist packaging, recycled plastics, recyclable materials, and reusable products. Every product that goes through the development process is evaluated for environmental impact and sustainable end of life solutions.

"Big Picture" Design Process. The Closed Loop.
  • Eco Friendly Materials

    For maximum recyclability, Labcon uses materials like 100% polypropylene, polyethylene and paperboard packaging instead of “co-molded” plastic blends and polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) which are difficult to recycle. All products and packaging are marked with their resin identification code. Labcon also has an internal recycling program results in zero plastic waste. Scrap from tip and tube production is reprocessed to make molded racks and packaging.

  • Reusable, Refillable, and Repurposable

    Labcon pioneered reusable and refillable products like the Pagoda® refill system, the Eclipse® refill system, silicone PCR mats, and plastic pipet tip and centrifuge tube racks. Reusable and refillable products are the most sustainable end of life solution for a plastic product, as no additional resources or energy are required.

  • Pioneering Advanced Bioplastics

    Our revolutionary bioplastic products have evolved to use a new 100% plant based material that is recyclable as #2 HDPE, the same plastic used for milk cartons. Labcon’s revolutionary bioplastics are actually pulling carbon out of the air. Most common plastics emit about two times their own weight in CO² during the manufacturing process, but Labcon’s bioplastics do the opposite. They sequester two times their own weight as the initial plants absorb CO².

  • Minimalism in Design and Packaging

    Labcon leads the industry in reducing packaging, developing lightweight products, and increasing renewable materials. Labcon’s pipet tip refill systems use 10-30% less packaging than other popular refills. Labcon’s TSS™ Tip Server System offers 97% less packaging than pre-racked tips for robotic pipetting workstations. Labcon’s IntegraPack® uses 25% less packaging compared to competiting centrifuge tubes.

Sustainable Product Design

Smaller Footprint and Weight

Our IntegraPack® centrifuge tube packaging is 25% smaller than competing products while delivering the same number of centrifuge tubes.

Higher Amount of Usable Product

Our Patented Eclipse™ pipet tip refill packaging delivers the maximum amount of pipet tips using the least amount of packaging than any other major suppler. Eclipse is over 60% usable product. Most other systems have significantly more unusable packaging.

Leading Solutions for Robotic Workstations

Labcon’s TSS™ Tip Server System uses 97% less packaging than pre-racked tips for robotic pipetting workstations.

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About Us

Founded in the San Francisco bay area in 1959, we employ an educated, experienced, and diverse staff. Our primary operations are centered in a 12,000 square meter facility in Petaluma, California, U.S.A


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    3700 Lakeville Highway
    Petaluma, CA 94954 USA
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    3200 Lakeville Highway
    Petaluma, CA 94954 USA
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