Sustainability and environmental stewardship

NEB – sustainable without styrofoam:
Eco-friendly & compostable shipping boxes!

In Germany and Austria, we have gradually converted our shipping logistics for frozen and refrigerated goods for you: Instead of the usual polystyrene (“styrofoam”) insulation boxes, we now use sustainable and environmentally friendly shipping boxes with straw or hemp insulation, which require 50 times less energy in production.

This new, environmentally friendly insulated box meets the strictest criteria for reliable and sustainable shipping:

  • Functional: shock-absorbing, moisture-regulating and very good insulating properties
  • Ecological: climate-neutral production in Germany from straw or hemp
  • Pure: From pure, thermally treated straw/hemp fibres in food quality
  • Tested: best insulation performance tested according to internal and external standards
  • Certified: tested and certified according to high hygienic standards
    (DIN EN15593, GMP-Verordnung (EG) Nr. 2023/2006, (EG) Nr. 1935/2004)

For more information about our eco-friendly shipper in the US, please click here.


NEB offset a total of 5050.18 kg of CO2 in the second half of 2022 through the trans-o-flex “co2de green” offer.
Find out more!

Please dispose of cardboard with your local recycling program. Straw or hemp ­insulation ­panels are compostable and can be disposed of with your ­organic waste. In ­Germany you can also return the complete box by using the ­„return to sender“ ­sticker that accompanies the shipment. Do you have any questions or remarks?
free call: 0800/246-5227 (in Germany)
free call: 00800/246-52277 (in Austria)

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NEB has become a certified B Corporation
„Using business as a force for good”

NEB is excited to announce that it has become a Certified B Corporation™, a recognition awarded to organizations with the highest standards for social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. B Corp™ certification goes beyond evaluating a product or service; it looks at the overall impact of a company by evaluating how a company treats its employees, customers, its community and the environment


A pioneer in environmental protection:
We have used sustainable paper for our printed products since our founding in 1975

Did you know that the first NEB catalog in 1975 was printed on recycled paper already? “Science should not be done at the expense of the environment!” – an attitude that has been deeply rooted at NEB ever since the company was founded. The effort to keep our ecological footprint as small as possible is considered in all economic decisions made.

All our printed products such as catalogs, posters and brochures are made from certified environmental protection paper!

We use recycled paper and/or paper fibers from sustainable forestry, bleached without chlorine. Our local printing office is also certified for environmental protection and uses environmentally friendly inks and coatings, mostly of natural origin.

CO2 carbon-neutral print production:
International climate and environmental protection
NEB supports forest conversion measures and promotes the expansion of renewable energies.


For many years, NEB has been implementing CO2 climate-neutral production for our print products such as catalogs, brochures, or posters. With the help of our partner company “Climate Partner,” we calculate all the CO2 emissions that unavoidably occur in the process chain and offset them through recognized climate protection projects. In the past, we have supported projects for the protection of chimpanzees and gorillas in Central Africa, the establishment of wind and solar parks, as well as marine conservation efforts.

With the production of the 2023/24 catalog, we are supporting two projects: “Mountain Forest Project in Harz, Germany” (No. 1049) and “Clean Solar Energy for Three Indian States” (Project No. 1429). This way, we are supporting forest conversion measures and the promotion of habitat and species protection in Germany, as well as solar energy in India, which ultimately saves approximately 329,720 tons of CO2 per year by replacing electricity that would have otherwise been generated in thermal/fossil power plants.

Read the project details here:
1049 · Climate project + nature conservation
1429 · Solar energy

Selection of Climate-neutral Certificates of NEB print productions:


NEB Catalog & Technical Reference 2023/2024


NEB BufferChart Poster


Competent Cells


Protein Expression


Luna Universal qPCR & RT-qPCR


GMP-grade Reagents for RNA Synthesis

Green PE-Foil
100% recyclable and CO2 climate neutral

At New England Biolabs we send our customer magazine “NEB-Aktuell”, our catalogues or other special prints and brochures in protective “Green PE” foil – if possible bundled with several printed materials in one delivery.

The Green PE foil used is 100% recyclable and CO2 climate neutral, as it is not generated from fossil resources, but exclusively from renewable raw materials such as sugar and starch. Green PE is an “eco-film” approved for shipping by Deutsche Post. If the Green PE foil is not recycled directly via the PE recycling stream, it is completely decomposed into water and CO2 when thermally re-used by waste incineration.

Because not all organic products are the same

What are the differences?

Bioplastics are a group of different plastics with very different properties. However, they must always meet at least one of two “bio” criteria.

Biobased means that at least part of the plastic consists of renewable, i.e. vegetable raw materials, e.g. sugar, starch, oils, cellulose, etc.

Biodegradable means that the plastic can be degraded by naturally occurring microorganisms. This produces water, CO2 and a small amount of biomass. Bio-based plastics can be biodegradable, but do not have to be.

Bioplastics in comparison

Green PE foils (used by NEB) are bio-based and 100% recyclable, but not biodegradable. The raw material used is chemically identical to standard PE quality and therefore provides identical mechanical properties. However, since the raw material used for the production of the raw material is non-fossil (no crude oil), but bio-based and renewable (sugar, starch, cellulose…), Green PE film is much more sustainable than conventionally produced PE films. When used thermally, Green PE breaks down into water and CO2 without further residues.

Biodegradable foils are bio-based and completely biodegradable under industrial composting conditions. The raw material used is PLA. The mechanical properties of biodegradable films are worse than those of PE or Green PE films. The modified raw material also gives the film an unmistakable optical and haptic “biofeeling”. For many applications, e.g. garbage bags, etc., the properties are absolutely sufficient, but not for use in postal dispatch.

Oxo-degradable is not “bio”.
Oxo-degradable or oxo-degradable plastics are often wrongly referred to as bioplastics. But they are anything but “bio”. Materials such as cobalt, manganese or iron are added to these plastics. Under the influence of UV light, heat and oxygen, the polymer chains are dissolved and the material decomposes into minute particles. In contrast to biodegradable plastics, however, there is no complete decomposition of the plastic by microorganisms. Although the plastic is no longer visible to the eye, it is still present and represents a major problem in our ecosystem in the form of microplastics. It is also foreseeable that oxo-degradable films will be banned in the EU due to their negative properties.


biodegradable Green PE
(as used by NEB)
Standard PE
biobased yes yes no
bio-degradbable yes no no
recyclable yes yes yes
mechanical properties + +++ +++
applicable as bag yes yes yes
shrink films no yes yes
foils for automation no yes yes
approved by logistics carrier no yes yes

Environmental Commitment

We do not only focus on minimal environmental impact when shipping our products or manufacturing and packaging our brochures.

Already during the development and production processes at New England Biolabs, Inc. in the US, special attention is paid to maximum energy efficiency and environmental protection. This includes an intelligent, sustainable building design, a waste management and recycling program, including a waste water treatment plant, and the use of solar energy. Find out more in our video.

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A small step with a strong impact
NEB is committed to sustainability – even in its light sources

In cooperation with our partner Green Vision, the lights at New England Biolabs were replaced by energy-saving and sustainable LED lamps. Compared to the conventional, mercury-containing fluorescent tubes previously used, the environmentally friendly light sources promise a 3-fold longer lifetime in conjunction with a lower energy consumption. Thanks to the high-quality standard, we are now ready and prepared for the future. With this initiative, we are saving an amount of CO2 equivalent to over 14,000 trees.

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Do you already know our NEBees?

In collaboration with the Walkmühle beekeeping, we have been managing three beehives in Frankfurt am Main since 2023. Our bees are true multitaskers: they pollinate plants, produce honey, and our beekeeper explains the interconnections of ecosystems to Frankfurt’s children through our bees.

Learn more here

With the Labconscious Blog we have created an information platform that can help you to make laboratory work more environmentally friendly. Here you will find a number of tips on how to avoid plastic waste, save energy in the laboratory and other aspects of environmental protection.

Environmental stewardship is one of the founding principles of NEB. Learn more about our efforts at .

In Kooperation mit der Imkerei Walkmühle bewirtschaften wir seit 2023 drei Bienenvölker in Frankfurt am Main.
Unsere Bienen sind echte Multitaskerinnen: Sie bestäuben Pflanzen, stellen Honig her und unser Imker erläutert anhand unserer Bienen Frankfurter Kindern die Zusammenhänge von Ökosystemen.

Sustainability, environmental protection and social responsibility.
Download brochure as PDF or request a climate-neutral printed version here!


Code of Conduct for Suppliers
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Further information can be found in our Technical Resources section or at Information on trademarks can be found here.