Article | December 2, 2022

Reconsidering Impact: Single-Use Vs. Stainless-Steel Systems

By Clayton Weber, Senior Project Engineer, Asahi Kasei Bioprocess America

Decisions Ahead

It’s not uncommon today to believe disposable system components are always more environmentally harmful than reusable equipment; however, in the past 10+ years, research has shown that this is not necessarily the case. There is a key global initiative to reduce the negative impact of human activities on the environment, and for pharma and biopharma manufacturing, pollution mitigation is a predominant imperative. To apply the fastest and most effective pollution-reducing recommendations to the industry, it's vital to first identify biochemical manufacturing’s key pollution-contributing factors.

Explore these factors along with spatial considerations when comparing disposable to traditional systems and current environmental-based initiatives.

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