epT.I.P.S.® reusable Box – unrivalled since 2002
19 years ago, Eppendorf launched premium tips in sustainable packaging options
How can we bring high-quality pipette tips to the market in stable, sterilizable containers that ensure the customer the necessary safety and purity with as little packaging waste as possible?
This was one of the important questions that our packaging developers answered with the epT.I.P.S. Reloads and Boxes developed at the time of the introduction of the well-known epT.I.P.S. pipette tips in 2002.
Sustainability was a significant consideration even then and following the principle of "Reuse & Reduce", a reusable Box was born that could be autoclaved up to 100 times and be used almost endlessly for non-sterile applications. Together with the pre-filled reload variants in different purities, this Box - available in 3 different sizes - could be used over and over again.
After 19 successful years on the market, we have now revised the well-known epT.I.P.S. brand design with particular focus on optimized functionalities.
Tried and tested features remain unchanged
The new design of our Boxes – now called epT.I.P.S. Box 2.0 – is a consistent, modern advancement of the familiar brand design of epT.I.P.S.. Key features, such as the typical Eppendorf blue color of the lid and the closing button have remained unchanged. The characteristic horizontal line design of the front view has been slightly modified.
In contrast, the shape of the closing button was modernized and the color of the Box lower parts are noticeably lighter than before.
Optimized functionalities improve handling
The prominent visual slots on the back of the Box have for the most part disappeared. These openings, often a cause of concern for some of our customers due to the supposed contamination risk of the tips inside the Box, were removed almost entirely.
Oblong indentations on the sides of the lids of the Boxes and little silicone feet on the Box bottom ensure optimized stackability.
Like its predecessor, the new epT.I.P.S. Box 2.0 is guaranteed to be autoclavable up to 100 times. For this reason, more and more customers work with the reusable box and refill epT.I.P.S. pipette tips from reloads or – where possible – from bags / bulk in volumes from 10 µL to 5.0 mL.
Reduce & Reuse – this will continue to be our motto for the development of new epT.I.P.S. packaging options. There is still potential to reduce the raw materials used in production on the one hand and to reuse product packaging on the other hand. The biggest challenge will be to assure that a switch will not compromise the products’ quality and function and, as a result, the quality of the results generated in the lab.
So – stay curious and expect only the best from Eppendorf - for sustainability in the laboratory, too.