Get Your Green On


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Every March 17, you can expect to see a sea of green - literally. Green clothes, green beer, green foods, and yes, even green rivers. But did you know the original color associated with St. Patrick's Day was actually blue? St. Patrick himself was often shown wearing sky blue, known as St. Patrick's blue. So why did we start to 'go green'?

Since the 17th century, the color green has been used to represent:



  • A tribute to Ireland's nickname 'The Emerald Isle'
  • One of the 3 colors of the Irish flag
  • Green shamrocks, which were used by St. Patrick during his religious teachings to symbolize the Holy Trinity

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Another reason to wear green? Leprechauns!
Legend has it they will pinch anyone not wearing their favorite color. That's reason enough for us!

Are Your Thermometers 'Green'?

H-B Enviro Safe® Thermometers are
(not just for St. Patrick's Day)!

  • Earth friendly, EnviroKleen™ certified
  • Non-toxic, biodegradable Enviro-Safe liquid

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Did you Celebrate National Inventor’s Day


Did You Celebrate
National Inventors' Day?

National Inventors' Day is celebrated every year on February 11. While famous inventors like Thomas Edison or Benjamin Franklin may be first to come to mind, there are many regular people who invent life-changing products everyday! Don't believe us? Keep reading to find out the surprising story behind how the Break-Safe Ampule Opener was invented!

A retired army veteran needed to take medication which was contained in ampules.

Due to the extent of his injuries including limited use of one arm, he had a difficult time opening the ampules when it was time for his injections.

After trial and error he came up with the Ampule Opener- a safer way for everyone to open ampules! Not only can it be operated with one hand and without direct contact with the ampules, but ampules break cleanly and glass pieces remain contained within the device.

Break-Safe Ampule Opener

Have Your Own Product Ideas?
SP Scienceware regularly reviews product ideas from the scientific community.
We can help you bring your ideas to life!  

Here’s how:

  • Visit "Submit an Invention" in the bottom menu
  • Submit a quick statement about your idea
  • No promises, but someone will contact you to see if your idea and SP Scienceware are a good fit.

Is it Dry in Here?


Is It Dry in Here or Is It Just Us?

If you live in an area with cold winter temperatures, you know the joy of freezing cold air outside, dry warm air inside... emphasis on the DRY. The heated air pumped through offices and homes can cause a drastic reduction in humidity, leading to dry, chapped skin and even frequent nosebleeds. Whether your nose drips a little blood or it seems to run like a faucet, we have some quick tips to ease or eliminate your winter nosebleeds.

  • If your nose is running, dab it with a tissue instead of blowing, which can irritate nasal membranes.
  • Use a humidifier to put moisture back into the air, especially in the bedroom at night.
  • Try a saline nasal spray or water-soluble gel to moisturize the inside of your nose.

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If you do get a nosebleed, don't panic! Sit upright and lean forward to reduce blood pressure in your nose. Pinch your nostrils shut for 5-10 minutes to stop the flow of blood.*

Sometimes in the laboratory, a dry environment is optimal!
Techni-Dome Desiccators provide a roomy interior for moisture sensitive materials!

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  • Spacious 65 liter (4000 cu. in.) internal volume can hold items up to 45cm (18") tall or wide, including racks, trays, and instruments
  • Offers a clear, unobstructed view of contents
  • Made from chemical resistant polycarbonate

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2017 Press Room

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Teri Rocco - 1-800-423-5278
Bel-Art - SP Scienceware

Disposable Paper Spoons Save Space and Stay Rigid During Sampling

Wayne, NJ- January 19, 2017 - EcoTensil® Disposable Paper Sampling Spoons by Bel-Art® - SP Scienceware® are made of a coated paperboard that stands up to powders, gels, and semi solids.

"EcoTensil spoons lay flat when stored and, in one simple step, fold into a functional spoon for sampling and retrieving materials, making them a great, space-saving addition to any laboratory or testing facility," according to Ed Murphy, product manager for Bel-Art - SP Scienceware. "They also use 50-90% less material than comparable volume plastic spoons. They are compostable and recyclable, helping laboratories go green in 2017."

EcoTensil Spoons can be used as weigh boats, saving time and money by eliminating the need for glassine sheets.


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EcoTensil Disposable Paper Sampling Spoons, catalog no. H36740-1030, have a suggested list price of $25.20 for a pack of 416 spoons. Free samples can be obtained by visiting

To see the Scienceware EcoTensil Disposable Paper Sampling Spoons in action, go to

For more information on the EcoTensil Disposable Paper Sampling Spoons or the complete line of laboratory offerings from Bel-Art - SP Scienceware, call 1-800-423-5278,  email or visit To download catalogs from any of the SP Scienceware brands (Bel-Art, H-B Instrument or Wilmad-LabGlass), visit

Research, industrial and healthcare professionals rely on SP Scienceware for their sample handling needs. Sold worldwide, Bel-Art and H-B Instrument brand laboratory supplies include over 5,000 items from safety wash bottles to fume hoods, thermometers, racks, desiccators, hydrometers, ice buckets, scoops and spoons. Custom calibration services, plastic molding, specialty coatings and wire manufacturing are also available. Wilmad-LabGlass brand laboratory glassware complements Bel-Art and H-B Instrument with over 7000 items including NMR and EPR consumables and specialty glassware, as well as custom fabrication for individual glassware, glass repair services and OEM glass parts.
SP Scienceware is a division of Warminster, PA based SP Industries which also include SP Scientific laboratory, thermal management, and pharmaceutical production equipment and SP Ableware aids for daily living.

Is Thanksgiving Thursday or Fry-Day?


Is Thanksgiving Thursday or Fry-Day?

Next Thursday many Americans will spend the day preparing a lavish feast to celebrate Thanksgiving, the centerpiece being the traditional turkey. The US Fire Administration reports that approximately 5000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day, which can cause millions of dollars of property damage, numerous injuries, and in some cases, even death.

Some of these fires are caused by improper turkey frying procedures. Watch out TEXAS! Your state has the largest number of turkey frying fires in the nation!

Thinking of plunging your turkey in hot oil? Here are our top fried turkey safety tips!

  • Make sure the turkey is completed thawed out - even a partially frozen turkey can cause the hot oil to erupt into a fireball!
  • Don't overfill the fryer - that turkey takes up a lot of room
  • Never leave the fryer unattended - someone needs to keep an eye on the little guy
  • Keep kids and pets away from the fryer - we know it smells good, but stay back!
  • Do not fry inside your house or garage, or even on your deck or porch! Stay away from trees, walls, fences, or anything flammable!

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In the event of a fire, at home or in the lab, it's important to have the proper safety precautions in place, which should include a Fire Blanket!

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  • Smothers small class "A" oil and grease fires
  • Made of woven fiberglass with a textured surface; all edges are serged with fireproof Kevlar® thread
  • Can also be wrapped around the head and body for protection against flames and embers

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