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.
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.
- 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.
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.