Plastics

Camlab is proud to present a collection of informative and insightful blog posts on the subject of plastics. As a leading supplier of laboratory supplies and consumables, we understand the importance of staying up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry. That's why we have curated a selection of articles that delve into the intricacies of plastics and their applications in the world of science. From the properties of different types of plastics to their environmental impact, our blog offers a wealth of knowledge for researchers, students and professionals alike. Browse our range of articles and discover why Camlab is the go-to supplier for all your laboratory needs.

Eppendorf Bio-based Tubes
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Eppendorf Bio-based Tubes

Plastic consumables are a common item in laboratories and other industries, which leads to a large amount of plastic waste. It has become more important recently to increase the sustainability of the plastic used in plastic consumables to help reduce and recycle plastic waste. Eppendorf have recently released some bio-based tubes as a more sustainable option to plastic tubes to help combat thi...
Choosing laboratory plasticware with the right chemical compatibility
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DWK - Choosing laboratory plasticware with the right chemical compatibility

Plasticware is required for a variety of laboratory processes. An understanding of choosing laboratory plasticware with the right chemical compatibility - its physical properties, and how this impacts compatibility with the chemicals the plasticware has contact with, is essential. This blog provides an overview of the most common types of plasticware used within the laboratory environment. ...
Autoclave plastic bottles
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DWK safety tips and tricks - Autoclave plastic bottles

A variety of laboratory processes require sterile containers. If you're using laboratory plasticware, it is important to consider several factors before the container is placed in an autoclave. Duran plastic coated bottles Here are 6 questions to ask before autoclaving plastic bottles: 1) Is your plastic bottle suitable for autoclaving? Not all plastic polymers are suitable for au...
What are the different types of plastic?
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What are the different types of plastic?

Plastic is a material made from polymers that can be shaped and moulded for various uses. When looking for a product you need, you might notice things such as ‘PP’, ‘LDPE’ and many others in relation to plastic. These refer to the different forms of plastics, as each have different properties, making them better suited for certain products. High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) This type of p...
Eppendorf purity grades
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Eppendorf purity grades

Eppendorf have 7 purity grade depending on what consumable you require for your experiment. These grades are for their tips, plates and tubes. Eppendorf are a premium company that want consumables of highest quality and purity to help people achieve precise and accurate results, as well as to help make experiments more reproducible. They achieve this by: Manufacturing using the purest raw m...
Single vent and triple vent petri dish
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What's the difference between a single vent and triple vent petri dish?

Petri dishes are typically made from glass or plastic. They are widely used in microbiology labs to make up agar and media plates for bacterial cell and fungal cultures. We often get asked what is the difference between a single vented and triple vented petri dish and which is best for a certain application. So we have put together this terminology quick guide to help explain the differences. ...
Parafilm
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Parafilm: Frequently asked questions

Parafilm is a semi-transparent sealing film that is used widely in labs and beyond since it was invented in the USA in 1936. It is composed of a proprietary combination of waxes and polyolefins and has the incredible ability to stretch to over 200% of its original length. It can cling to and seal vessels of almost any shape and material and this makes it incredibly versatile. Parafilm is moist...
Wash Bottles
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Ergonomically Designed Wash Bottles

This new range of wash bottles from Azlon has changed in design to a round wash bottle with an integral spout. This design provides an ideal setting to allow easy filling while reducing the possibility of contamination due to contact of the inner tube with the benchtop. Additional beneficial features include: Wide neck wash bottle - facilitating refilling 500ml capacity -  allow extend...
Light Sensitive Reagents
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Problems Storing Light Sensitive Reagents? We have a Solution

Most laboratories are familiar with storing valuable photosensitive reagents and solutions in natural PP tubes simply wrapped in tin foil to “protect” them from light. Camlab offers an alternative to this.  The Blackline Plastics range of products keeps your light sensitive samples, reagents and solutions safe through the effective elimination of light. Unlike amber tinted tubes, these p...
Reusable Plastic Labware
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Reusable Plastic Labware - where can I get this?

Reusable plastic labware is one of those items most people do not consider of key importance, yet when it is not available one is left with a growing expense. For more than half a century, the Azlon range from Scilabware has been synonymous with high-quality plasticware. Available in a variety of polymers including LDPE, PP and HDPE, Azlon products provide excellent resistance to most oils, ...
lined and liner-less bottle caps
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What is a liner-less bottle? When would you choose a liner-less design bottle?

Sample storage bottles are sometimes described as "liner-less" - this means that the cap does not have an inner lining. This liner is usually present to improve the seal between the cap and bottle, but can present cross contamination risks in some cases. [caption id="attachment_11167" align="aligncenter" width="495"] As seen above, sample bottles or storage bottles can come with lined (le...
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Thermotech PTFE Beakers for strong heating

PTFE offers a great alternative to glass for laboratory items, because of it's strength, chemical resistance and high purity. For strong heating in a PTFE beaker, for example boiling of liquids on a hotplate, Cowie Technology offer their new Thermotech beakers with a unique PTFE-carbon base for added strength and stability. [caption id="attachment_8069" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Th...

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