Next Generation Sustainable Procurement in Laboratories: Realizing the Dream Through the ACT Eco-Label

Annie Bevan, Sustainability Made Simple

Recent years have seen an increased focus on sustainable procurement in universities and private companies. Yet with little information or sustainability standards for laboratory products, it has been challenging for procurement specialists and scientists alike to consider greener products in the lab. This is starting to change, however, as the recent development of an eco-label by My Green Lab for all laboratory products, the ACT label, has emerged. This label will enable organizations to meet research goals while also satisfying broader institutional goals around carbon neutrality and zero waste. The ACT label will empower strategic sourcing procurement officers and researchers to select resource-efficient products as the ACT label is holistic in its approach, much like a nutrition label for lab products. This presentation will discuss the development and use of the ACT label, and how to integrate this label into sustainable procurement guidelines.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide an understanding of the laboratory sustainable procurement landscape and the environmental and human health impacts of laboratories.
  • Provide an overview of the ACT Label and review of the Environmental Impact Factor Criteria behind the numbers.
  • Conduct a review of the ACT Label Pilot results and participants, their successes and learnings.
  • Provide an overview of market adoption and how the ACT label is being utilized within the marketplace.


Annie Bevan is a sustainability professional with over 10 years of experience working with organizations to develop processes, procedures, and standards to analyze and certify various sustainability claims in products, buildings, and within manufacturing operations. She represents a unique expertise in contributing to the development and robustness of numerous programs and is now working independently to create collaboration in the marketplace with a personal mission to make sustainability more simple. She is driven by a passion to create positive change through collaboration and is inspired by the interconnectivity of all things in both nature and business.


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