SPEX CertiPrep Celebrates Earth Day

Earth Day.jpgIn April, we celebrate the earth by observing a very important day – Earth Day!

Never heard of it? Well, Earth Day has been around for more than 30 years. It was started by Gaylord Nelson, a 53-year-old Wisconsin senator, as a way of bringing attention to how people’s actions were endangering the planet.

Nearly 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 by picking up litter, collecting recyclables, and holding “teach-ins” to talk about the environment. This widespread concern by citizens about what was happening to the Earth inspired the U.S. Congress to pass the Clean Air Act (www.epa.gov/clean-air-act-overview) in the early 1970s.

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This year SPEX CertiPrep celebrates Earth Day with the unveiling of our SPEX Community Garden. We all know that we need to eat fresh fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet. Some foods we will be growing include spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkins, beets, and strawberries (yummy). Not only will our garden help us eat better, but it will help us to reduce stress, allow us to be social with our fellow colleagues, teach us how to garden, and we will be giving back to our community by donating part of our harvest to the local food pantries.

In addition to our fruits and vegetables garden, we are planting wildflowers along the right hand side of our building in an effort to bring back the bees.

Did you know that the bee population everywhere has been declining at an alarming rate¹? 1 in 3 bites of food we eat is made possible by the bees and other pollinators². 44% of bee colonies in the U.S. collapsed in 2016³. More than two thirds of the world’s crop species rely on pollinators†.

What will you do to celebrate Earth Day?
Join us to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Tweet us with what you are doing to @SPEXCertiPrep.

1- Pollinator Health Task Force, “National strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators” (White House, Washington, DC, 2015).
2- Klein, Alexandra-Maria et al “Importance of pollinators in changing landscapes for world crops.” Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 274,1608 (2007).
3- https://beeinformed.org/2016/05/10/nations-beekeepers-lost-44-percent-of-bees-in-2015-16
†- http://www.xerces.org/pollinator-conservation

The Clean 15

The 15 fruits and vegetables listed in our infographic below make up the “Clean 15” list because they are least likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues.

For details on SPEX CertiPrep’s Pesticide CRMs, contact us at 1.800.LAB.SPEX or email at CRMSales@spex.com or visit http://www.spexcertiprep.com/products/pesticides/epa-methods


Pesticide Residue and the Dirty Dozen

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a list of produce containing the highest pesticide residue levels. In 9 years, apples have appeared in the top three most contaminated items eight times and has been the most contaminated item five times (followed by peaches and celery).

Check our infographic below for the list of the ‘Dirty Dozen’.

For details on SPEX CertiPrep’s Pesticide CRMs, contact us at 1.800.LAB.SPEX or email at CRMSales@spex.com or visit http://www.spexcertiprep.com/products/pesticides/epa-methods


Lab Bench Tools – Units of Measurement

SPEX CertiPrep has developed Lab Bench Tools as a resource for you, our customer. Check out our Units of Measure tool below for information on various conversion equivalences.


Making You Feel Like You’re On Top of the World!


At SPEX CertiPrep, we go above and beyond to make you our priority!

It’s not only what we do, it’s how we do it. We have been manufacturing Inorganic and Organic Certified Reference Materials and Calibration Standards for the Analytical Spectroscopy and Chromatography communities since 1954. Our passion for science and dedication to the analytical community drives us to go above and beyond for you. We want to provide you with the customer experience you deserve and can rely on. We do this by making sure you are our priority in everything we do.

  • Over 60 years experience manufacturing Certified Reference Materials (CRMs)
  • Most comprehensive scope of accreditations and certifications in the industry
  • Selection of over 4,000 inventoried products
  • Stock products ship within 24 hours
  • Dedicated technical support to answer your CRM and lab questions
  • Custom standards manufactured upon request, based on your individual needs

Contact is today for all of your Certified Reference Material needs at 1.800.LAB.SPEX or email at CRMSales@spex.com.

Decrease Your Waste and Save Your Space!


30 mL Plasma Shots® for ICP-MS and ICP

  • No excess toss
  • Volume accommodates infrequent analysis
  • 1/3 the price of larger volume standards
  • No hazardous shipping or disposal fees
  • Hazardous goods in excepted quantities
  • Ease of shipping
  • Custom packaging

Interested in our 30 mL Plasma Shots for your lab? Contact us today at 1.800.LAB.SPEX or email at CRMSales@spex.com.

For additional product details, please visit http://www.spexcertiprep.com/30mL-plasma-shots/

From Aluminum to Zirconium We’ve Got You Covered


30 mL Plasma Shots® for ICP-MS and ICP
Perfectly sized 30 mL Single Element Certified Reference Materials for ICP-MS and ICP

SPEX CertiPrep now offers 30 mL Plasma Shots for ICP-MS and ICP grade single element Certified Reference Materials. These 30 mL products deliver the same great SPEX CertiPrep quality in a smaller volume so you will have less waste.

With the added benefits of same day shipping and no hazardous shipping costs, these 30 mL Assurance® and Claritas PPT® CRMs offer accreditation by A2LA to ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO Guide 34.

Interested in custom 30 mL single element CRMs for ICP-MS or ICP? They are available with a minimum order order quantity of 3. Contact us today at 1.800.LAB.SPEX or email at CRMSales@spex.com.

For additional product information, please visit http://www.spexcertiprep.com/30mL-plasma-shots/

Where in the World is SPEX CertiPrep?

The month of March is proving to be very busy for our Sales and Marketing team here at SPEX. Here is a list of where you can find us as we make our way around the world!

  • What’s New In The Analysis of Complex Environmental Matrices?
    • March 3, 2017
    • London, UK
  •  Pittcon
    • March 5-March 9, 2017
    • Chicago, IL
  •  Laborama 2017
    • March 16-March 17, 2017
    • Belgium
  • ArabLab
    • March 20-March 23, 2017
    • Dubai, UAE
  • Analytica Vietnam
    • March 29-March 31, 2017
    • Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Forum Labo Paris
    • March 29-March 30, 2017
    • Paris, France
  • EuroLab
    • March 29-March 31, 2017
    • Poland
  • ChemBio
    • March 29-March 30, 2017
    • Finland

For a complete list of where you can find SPEX CertiPrep, please visit http://www.spexcertiprep.com/news-and-events/tradeshow-calendar.aspx

What is Solubility?

Solubility is defined as a chemical property referring to the ability of a given substance, the solute, to dissolve into a solvent. It is measured in terms of the maximum amount of solute dissolved in a solvent at equilibrium. The resulting solution is called a saturated solution.

Click here to view out Guide to Solubility for 144 of the most commonly analyzed pesticides per EPA, AOAC, FDA and other international testing methods.