Some people consider my lifestyle extremist but it is nothing compared to that of my advisor, Dr. Hand-Waver. Dr. HW bikes to school every day, even in the snow. Her house has PV and solar hot-water. She’s even more into reusable stuff than I am. I imagine she loves the Earth as much as I do, and perhaps this is why she went into environmental research as well.
And yet…in our lab, I wonder how environmentally conscious we are. After all, we throw out so much stuff:
- Disposable weighing boats. Not too many of these, thankfully.
- Nitrile gloves. A couple dozen per week, probably.
- Disposable pipet tips. Don’t get me wrong; I’d love to kiss the guy who invented micropipets. But the number of pipet tips we throw away every day is staggering.
And probably more that I can’t think of…
I’m sure few of these things are biodegradable. Is my science really worth its impact on the environment? Am I doing more harm than good? Sometimes I wonder.