Laboratories, whether in pharmaceutical or laboratory settings, have traditionally relied on glass as the single base material for storage bottles and accessories. From bottles and beakers to dispenses, Petri dishes and pipettes, all these are traditionally made from glass material and have served lab workers for the longest time. The choice of glass has its benefits- glass material is clear, thus making it easier for lab workers to take measurements and identify contents, and solvents can dissolve certain types of plastic. Also, glass material is often recommended since this can be sterilized more efficiently than plastic.
While glass has been the traditional choice in material, in storage, and lab bottles and accessories, keep in mind there’s a worthy alternative that can also work in pharmaceutical and laboratory applications. Carboys made from plastic, particularly from premium-grade PETG, HDPE and Polypropylene materials are considered functional alternatives to laboratory glass storage bottles.
Plastic carboys doesn’t break
Compared to traditional glass bottles, plastic carboys whether made from HDPE or Polypropylene material will not easily break. There’s no need to worry about falls or accidents involving these containers since the plastic materials are designed to withstand heavy use and falls in laboratories. It’s the opposite thing with glass- lab workers handle glass carefully so it will not break and expose lab workers to hazardous working condition.
Carboys available in HDPE, Polypropylene
Carboys aren’t just made from ordinary plastic materials; these storage bottles are made from industrial-grade plastics like Polypropylene. For example, Polypropylene-based carboys from Bio-Simplex® are ready for demanding laboratory conditions since these can be used in temperatures -40°C to 121°C and certified to have met 21 CFR 177 for indirect food contact. The HDPE carboys can work in temperatures -100°C to 120°C, and the carboys made from PETG can work in temperatures -40°C to 80°C. In short, these may be plastics, but these are ready for demanding lab conditions.
Plastic carboys are durable, lighter and often safer than traditional glass storage bottles. These lab storage solutions can effectively store and transport pharmaceutical products, distilled water, other media and other lab liquids. And since these lab solutions often feature premium closures and easy-to-read graduation marks, having these products inside labs can boost productivity, efficiency and even safety.