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Swabs for all purpose

Assorted swabs group shot
150mm extra large head cotton swab plastic shaft

TCC offer a comprehensive range of medical swabs for every conceivable application.

We are very proud to have contracts with several NHS trusts, as well as medical and veterinary clinics both in the UK and elsewhere.

Outside of the healthcare market, we supply to a range of industrial and scientific customers, as well as retailers and individuals.

The vast majority of our swabs are sterile, the rest are aseptically manufactured.

We start at the simple foam oral swab (latex and pharmaceutical free) useful for swabbing or application of liquid product, through wooden stem, cotton head, to extra large cotton head on long (150mm or 200mm) polypropylene tube.

The extra large head on 200mm (11mm diameter instead of the standard 4mm) is our biggest seller, to several hospitals and clinics in the UK. TCC are the only supplier of this product.

We sell each product in various quantities, from a full box to a retail pack.

Click here to find details of every swab we have available in our range. 

 Call or email Nigel to explore how TCC can supply you with the product you need at the right quantity and price.

 

 

Sterile, racked filtered pipette tips, available to order now.

We are pleased to announce that we are now stocking a range of sterile filtered pipette tips. We have partnered with Biologix to supply sterile, racked, filtered pipette tips to the UK market.

Biologix are a renowned manufacturer in the healthcare and science, providing products which meet all the requirements of the demanding customers in this space.

Our current range consist of 2 filtered, sterile products – 100µl and 200µl in racks of 96.

These are sterile, RNase and DNase free, with a long expiry date (currently May 2026)

click here to see further details of the 100µl product (SKU FTIP100)

click here to see further details of the 200µl product (SKU FTIP200)

Please call or email Nigel to discuss your requirements.

 

50ml slimline bottle – can be posted at Royal Mail Large Letter rate!

Our range of Postage Friendly bottles has been expanded over the past 2 years with great success.

In the liquid range, we now have a 30ml, 50ml, 100ml, and 250ml versions available.

In the pill, tablet, and powder range we have a 150ml, and 320ml version available.

As more business has turned to online sales, the savings available by using these bottles rack up at an impressive rate.  By posting as a Large Letter rather than as a Parcel, the savings are as great as £2 per posting. The sums add up to a smart move. Customers also love the packaging, and they are fully recyclable in HDPE.

The popularity has been so immense, we have commercial customers taking thousands of bottles throughout Europe and as far away as Canada.

Customers use the liquid range for diverse products, for example hand sanitizer, peroxide, adhesive, liquid fertilizer, whiskey and wine, nail varnish remover, cosmetics for travel, perfumes and scents, food additives, pesticides and fungicides, brake fluid, shoe polish and many more… The tablet and powder versions are used for human and animal food supplements, nutritional products, powdered cosmetics, and glitter.

The liquids bottles are available with wadded screw caps, 2 part nozzle caps, and  atomizers, all offering leak proof sealing.  The tablet and powder bottles come with a foil lined push on cap.

Whatever your location and application, we will have the solution for your packaging needs.

Click here for details of the entire product range.

 

Pipettes for Pudding Tipple

Pudding with bottles & pipettes

Pudding with bottles & pipettes

pudding with foodsafe pipettes

Homemade or shop bought, individual puddings or family-sized, who doesn’t like a moist Christmas pudding – or the fun of adding your favourite tipple?  Foodsafe pipettes are great for this purpose, and for fun at Christmas-time, why not serve the matured pudding with a pipette for dinner guests to dispense – its sure to be a talking point.

For those less keen on the forthcoming Black Friday weekend promotions, why not turn your thoughts to the tradition of Stir Up Sunday on 25 November 2018?  Put on your apron and gather your family and friends together to make a Christmas pudding or Christmas cake.  It’s the day when wishes are said to come true, so get stirring!

Here’s a link to some baking ideas from the BBC Good Food Guide.  Being of religious origination, Stir Up Sunday is takes place on the last Sunday before the first Sunday of Advent,

Putting a silver coin in the pudding is another age-old custom that is said to bring luck to the person that finds it. In the UK the coin traditionally used was a silver ‘six pence’. The closest coin to that now is a five pence piece!

“The tradition seems to date back to the Twelfth Night Cake which was eaten during the festivities on the ‘Twelfth Night’ of Christmas (the official end of the Christmas celebrations). Originally a dried pea or bean was baked in the cake and whoever got it, was ‘king or queen’ for the night. There are records of this practice going back to the court of Edward II (early 1300s). The bean was also sometimes a silver ring of small crown. The first coins used were a Silver Farthing or penny. After WW1 it became a threepenny bit and then a sixpence.”

Whether you most enjoy adding flavour, making wishes or adding lucky charms to your pudding – we hope you enjoy your Christmas cooking – and be sure to inspect your pudding carefully before eating, to avoid an unexpected visit to the dentist!

Batty for Halloween?

Bats on Halloween sky image

It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to ghouls, spooks and more.  Here at The Consumables Company, we’ve compiled a Pinterest board which is brimming over with ideas for laboratory inspired Halloween tricks and treats.

Halloween is a great time to embrace your inner mad scientist; grab a laboratory flask and some test tubes and create some oozing, bubbly, slimy mixtures and enjoy the fun.  We hope you enjoy creating your best party ever; as much as we’ve loved curating these ideas for you.

We have also been working with several animal rescue charities recently, who use our teeny pipettes to feed the babies that are in their care. 

Did you know there are 18 species of bat living in the UK?  This baby bat (or pup as they are known) was being looked after at The Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in Somerset.   At the centre, they aim to prevent British wildlife from suffering needlessly and inspire an understanding and love of wildlife and the countryside. 

The bat pups are sometimes fed with goat’s milk which is similar to the composition of bat’s milk. They’ll be fed between every one to three hours depending on the bat’s size and species.  

A rescue bat being pipette fed

A rescue bat being pipette fed

Although bats feature a great deal around Halloween, they may already be hibernating at this time of year.  Instead of thinking that bats are somehow scary we should be celebrating their usefulness to the environment; some plants depend on bats to pollinate flowers and disperse seeds, while other bats help pest control by eating insects.

Unfortunately, the UK bat population has greatly reduced over the past few years; many of the sites where bats would feed and roost have been destroyed for the construction of homes and roads, as our towns and cities have expanded. 

The extensive use of pesticides in farming has reduced the numbers of insects that the bats fed upon and also killed some of the bats themselves. Now all British bats and the areas where they roost are protected by law.

We are delighted to support the work of these animal rehabilitation centres and love seeing the pictures and hearing the stories of their work.

We are especially thrilled to see our products being used in exciting and different ways, if you’d like us to feature you, please get in touch.

No hibernating at Flavourtown Bakery where they have produced these tasty Halloween cupcakes, some with potion filled pipettes!

Lovingly Crafted Cocktails … …

Lovingly Crafted Cocktails

Following on from the British Food Fortnight theme, it’s time for cocktail mixing! A relatively new business, Myatt’s Fields Cocktails is a handmade cocktail company set up by Clemency and Cyrus. They share a deep love in the craft of fine cocktail making.

What makes their specially crafted cocktails different from the norm is their process of aging cocktails. This enhances the flavours and creates a smokiness and subtlety that you don’t find in a freshly mixed drink. Clemency and Cyrus explain, “At Myatt’s Fields Cocktails, we age our core range under glass, so the drinks mentioned here are the same superb drink every single time. Ageing cocktails is a wonderful mix of art and science and has helped light up the cocktail world.” You can read their story here. At The Consumables Company we share their passion for quality and consistency and look forward to seeing them flourish.

test tubes & measuring beakers from our range

In the lab where Myatt’s delectable creations are crafted, our measuring beakers and corked test tubes are put to great use. Whatever your language, we raise our glasses you and say “cheers” the origin of which may be as captured by the following anecdote:

 

First recorded as “makien cheres” in 1225 AD, the phrase evolved to “what chere be with you?” in the 14th century which was a common greeting in England. Eventually, ‘chere’ began to mean good humour. In 1919, the phrase was first written as the “cheers” we know today.