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How buying reconditioned parts benefits both your lab and the environment

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Posted by: Violet Manning
Posted on: 10/06/2024

When running your laboratory, staying ahead often means upgrading equipment to meet evolving demands, leading to increased costs for your business. However, reconditioned parts and equipment can help.

In fact, the refurbished laboratory equipment market is expected to witness a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5% during the forecast period of 2023 to 2031, according to research by Insight Ace Analytic.

By opting for reconditioned parts, your laboratory not only enhances its operational capabilities but plays a vital role in reducing waste. See how below.

The impact of switching

In 2022, according to research by GlobalEWaste, a staggering 62 billion kg of e-waste was generated globally. This figure encompasses various electronic devices, including mobile phones and home appliances, but crucially, laboratory equipment too.

One way you and your laboratory can actively participate in mitigating this is by opting for reconditioned or refurbished parts or equipment, as the process typically emits fewer emissions compared to manufacturing new equipment or parts.

By making this choice, laboratories can contribute to reducing e-waste and promoting sustainability in their operations.

The environmental advantages of reconditioned parts and equipment

As we all take steps to safeguard our planet’s future, making the change to use reconditioned parts and/or equipment within your laboratory can have a significant impact in several ways.

Reducing your carbon footprint

Choosing reconditioned parts decreases the carbon emissions associated with the production of laboratory equipment.

By opting for these components in your chromatography equipment, you will decrease the demand for manufacturing new parts and machines. This demand reduction not only lessens the environmental impact associated with manufacturing, transportation, and processes but also contributes to the overall environmental sustainability of laboratory operations.

Supporting circular economy

Embracing reconditioned parts for your laboratory aligns with the principles of a circular economy.

The circular economy is about reusing, refurbishing, and recycling resources to minimise waste and make the most of what we already have. By incorporating reconditioned components into your lab, you’ll be contributing to the circular flow of resources within the chromatography industry.

Additionally, you’ll benefit from faster lead times as our reconditioned parts can be shipped far quicker than OEM (original equipment manufacturer). Our parts, which are already in stock, can often arrive in less than a week when shipped to labs in the UK.

To learn more about how we’re enhancing industries worldwide, read our blog here.

Mitigating waste

By extending the lifespan of chromatography equipment using refurbished components, you’ll be actively reducing the amount of electronic waste generated from discarded parts. This promotes a more sustainable approach to managing equipment lifecycle and reducing waste disposal.

One common misconception surrounding reconditioned parts is the belief that they compromise on quality and reliability compared to their new counterparts. However, this notion couldn’t be further from the truth.

For example, our team at LC Services expertly checks and refurbishes chromatography parts to ensure they operate at peak performance, meaning you don’t have to replace parts frequently.

Demonstrating corporate responsibility

Opting for reconditioned parts showcases a commitment to both environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices.

Businesses and laboratories that embrace sustainable practices, such as opting for reconditioned parts, can gain a competitive edge by differentiating themselves from competitors and appealing to environmentally-conscious customers.

How reconditioned parts can save your laboratory further

While switching to reconditioned parts has an environmental impact, it can also reduce costs in your laboratory – often ranging up to 70% off the price of new.

In real terms, the amounts saved are more substantial the higher the purchase price – such as a new HPLC system, where new prices can easily pass the £30,000 mark. Benefiting from even a 50% saving could make a large difference to the budget of most laboratories.

When purchasing reconditioned lab equipment, there are several things you need to keep in mind, which we’ve covered in our blog here.

Why choose LC Services’ reconditioned parts programme

At LC Services, we are here to ensure your laboratory runs as it should. Our refurbished parts are upcycled from unwanted equipment and faulty parts, meaning less waste is sent to landfills than buying directly from the manufacturer.

Best of all, our refurbished and exchanged parts programme is available worldwide. All our refurbished parts are rigorously tested and optimised for reuse. We also offer a 6-month warranty on all our reconditioned parts.

Ready to save, while championing sustainability in your lab? Discover our reconditioned and exchanged parts programme here:


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