Energy Use

Maximum Renewable Content. Reduce Carbon.

Product Design

Labcon is committed to on-site energy production in addion to sourcing renewables. Unlike many others Labcon does not purchase or promote the use of renewable energy credits. With continued improvement to Labcon’s design and manufacturing facility in Petaluma, California, the energy content to produce a case of product has been reduced by nearly 60% since 2000. We believe in direct investment in sustainable practices and equipment instead of energy credits and offsets. On-site renewable energy generation and energy efficient manufacturing processes result in immediate and measurable benefits. Every electron is accounted for.

The Earth Friendly® Promise
Earth Friendly

The Earth Friendly® symbol is proudly displayed on our product packaging and literature, but Earth Friendly® is more than just a slogan, it is a promise to the planet. To keep that promise, Labcon has implimented sustainable goals and practices that address the environmental impact of product packaging, waste, and life cycles. Labcon designs and manufactures reusable, refillable, and recyclable products that use less plastic, incorporates more recycled and recyclable materials, revolutionary bioplastics, and minimal packaging. Labcon’s manufacturing plant uses renewable energy and efficient, waste-free machines to manufacture every product.

Sustainable from the Start

On Site Solar Array

870 kW rooftop solar panels produce one third of our power needs..

Closed Loop Cooling

Our advanced closed loop cooling system for molding machine water uses significantly less energy than other methods.

Electron Beam Sterilization

500 meters away at our 3200 Lakeville property our Ebeam (Beta) radiation sterilizer processes our products using less overall energy than Cobalt (Gamma) sterilization and requires no radiactive materials..

Minimalism in Design and Packaging

Connected to our solar array we have four dedicated electric vehicle charging spaces.

Pursuing Carbon Neutral

An 800 kW roof-top solar system installed in 2011 was expanded with another 70 kW in late 2013 and now produces a full 30% of Labcon’s electricity needs on-site. Total renewable energy including solar, wind, geothermal, biogas and small hydro-electric now makes up 61% of Labcon’s 2019 energy profile (on-site solar plus purchased electricity). Our 2021 goal is to operate with 65% renewable energy. In 2019 we are operating with 61% total renewables (on-site solar plus purchased electricity from renewable sources).

Our On Site Solar Energy is 30% of Our Consumption30%
On Site Solar Energy Production
Our Total Renewables from Solar, Hydro, Solar61%
Renewable Energy Used
Our 2021 Renewable Energy Goal65%
Renewable Energy Goal
Energy
Sustainability

Making an
Earth Friendly Company

Watch a short video about the steps Labcon has taken to become a sustainable company.

Sustainable is more than recycling.

Sustainability at Labcon

Acting sustainably is far beyond a commitment to recycle. True performance in achieving a more sustainable future is in engaging others and incorporating sustainablity into your complete culture. This is a journey.

See more in our latest sustainability report.

Read more about our Earth Friendly® program and our latest performance.