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We know that it can be difficult to be environmentally friendly in the lab, where sterility and convenience are of utmost importance. At times, it may seem that sustainability and benchwork are at odds with each other. Although we can’t completely solve this problem, we can make changes to our product design to help move toward the goal of a greener lab, and that’s exactly what we did with the design of our Monarch Nucleic Acid Purification Kits.

Making nucleic acid purification more green

We asked our customers what could be done to improve upon current nucleic acid purification kits to make them more sustainable. Here are some of your suggestions, and how Monarch Kits address them:

Reduce material usage
"Smaller kit size
(shelf space is premium)"
"Decrease packaging"
"Reduce plastic waste"

  • Monarch Kits use up to 44% less plastic as compared to the leading supplier
  • Columns have thinner walls, reducing total plastic usage without affecting performance
  • Bottles were carefully chosen to minimize plastic usage
Provide ability to recycle
"More recyclable"
"Ability to recycle
the plastic columns"

  • All components were purposefully sourced to ensure their recyclability
  • Product packaging provides detailed explanation on how to recycle each component
  • Boxes were designed to be sturdy for reuse
Conserve resources
"No need for lengthy
brochure…just tell me
what I need to know or
direct me online"

  • Kit boxes, inserts, and protocol cards are made from recycled paper
  • All printing on the boxes and protocol cards was done with soy and water based inks
  • Concise protocol cards replace printed manuals, and both are available for download as PDFs
Let’s work together to clean up the world of nucleic acid purification, one prep at a time.
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Available kits include:

Monarch Total RNA Miniprep Kit 
Extract and purify up to 100 µg of high-quality RNA from a variety of sample types with a single, convenient kit. DNase I, gDNA removal columns, Proteinase K, and a protection reagent are all included. Monarch-purified RNA is ready to use in RT-PCR, RT-qPCR, RNA-seq and other applications.

Monarch Plasmid Miniprep Kit
This kit employs familiar cell resuspension, alkaline lysis and neutralization steps, with the additional benefit of color indicators to monitor completion. Elute in lower volumes for more concentrated, highly pure DNA samples.


Monarch DNA Gel Extraction Kit
Rapidly purify up to 5 μg of concentrated, high-quality DNA from your agarose gels, with no need to adjust pH. Elute in as little as 6 μl for a more concentrated sample. Enjoy high yields and minimal hands on time.


Monarch PCR & DNA Cleanup Kit (5 μg)
Purify DNA from a variety of enzymatic reactions, including PCR, restriction digestion, ligation and reverse transcription. Also isolate small DNA including oligos with a slight protocol modification.

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One or more of these products are covered by patents, trademarks and/or copyrights owned or controlled by New England Biolabs, Inc. For more information, please email us at gbd@neb.com. The use of these products may require you to obtain additional third party intellectual property rights for certain applications.