Lab work is associated with an incredible amount of plastic waste -- among others due to the packaging and wrapping of consumables. In fact, it´s estimated that academic labs throw away more than 5 billion kilos of plastic every year!
So: what can you do about that?
Importantly, the plastic problem is not solved by recycling, but by reducing!
One of the things you can do is therefore to consider the packaging when you purchase consumables for the lab.
Maybe your lab can reduce plastic waste by avoiding individual wrapping and buying some of your consumables in bulk?