Eco-friendly, insulated packaging

In our continued aim to reduce our environmental impact we teamed up with woolcool for our courier order box insulation. Far better than poly in many ways.

Why wool?

Sheep’s wool is a sustainable and highly effective natural insulation material.

Wool is nature’s ‘smart fibre’ with amazing properties that outperform man-made materials for many uses.

  • Complex physical and chemical composition that protects sheep from extremes of cold and heat.
  • Hygroscopic ability to absorb moisture without becoming damp which reduces humidity and maintains cool or warm temperatures.
  • Extremely flexible, ‘memory foam’ effect as a cushioning material which recovers its original shape after compression.
  • Naturally fire retardant and not harmful in any way
  • Sustainable and available in abundance, with the fleeces predominantly a by-product of rearing sheep for food.
  • Biodegradable and compostable, releasing valuable nitrates back into the soil.


How does it perform?

  • Wool packaging has been proven to keep chilled food products below 5°c for at least 24 hours and pharmaceuticals between 2°c and 8°c for a minimum of 24 hours.
  • Wool packaging requires at least half the recommended ice packs than polystyrene containers or polyethylene packaging to keep contents cool.
  • The breathable temperature sensitive packaging reduces humidity to create a more hygienic environment.

see http://www.woolcool.com/why-wool/performance/index.html for more details on performance.

Environmental benefit

The Wool Packaging Company uses sustainable, biodegradable, recyclable or recycled materials for its products and wherever possible, sourced and manufactured in the UK.

  • Over 130 tonnes of non-biodegradable packaging waste was saved from landfill in 2010, based on figures supplied by customers switching to woolcool.
  • woolcool flat packed products offer massive benefits in terms of logistics and storage, slashing delivery requirements for insulated packaging, from 4x40ft lorries for 6000 polystyrene produce boxes to just 1 x 40ft lorry for woolcool®.
  • Approximately 300000 fleeces will be used to manufacture wool packaging company products in 2011, having positive implications for farming communities.
Please note we only use woolcool for our courier orders all orders delivered by our own drivers are delivered in our specialised freezer vans and therefore required no addition packaging.
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