Greener Cooler

Greener Cooler Packaging
 

 Our commitment to reduce EPS use

For the shipment of our temperature-controlled products, we have been using insulated containers made of expanded polystyrene (EPS).
While EPS has good insulation and cushioning properties, it is a petroleum-based material that takes hundreds of years to naturally degrade.
As the options for recycling EPS are very limited, it generally piles up at customers sites before being incinerated or landfilled and can cause environmental problems, notably if it gets into marine environments.
As part of our SMASH Packaging plan, we have committed to reduce our use of EPS by 20% by 2022.
 

 Our recyclable plant-based cooler

We are introducing our first-ever recyclable insulated shipping container. This new cooler is a plant-based alternative to EPS cooler. It is made of paper and starch, and is certified curbside recyclable alongside other paper-based and corrugated products.
 

 How to recycle it?

Please remove the products and ice pack from the container. Then flatten the box and the insulation material and put them together in the recycling bin. It’s as simple as that!
 

 Insulation performances

We conducted a comprehensive qualification study to demonstrate that this new cooler meets our requirements for effective cold chain transportation of our products.
The pack-out configurations were defined based on the size of the coolers and the transportation duration. These configurations were tested under the ISTA 7E 24-hour summer profile by a ISTA certified thermal transport laboratory.
 

 Implementation Plan

We have started a pilot implementation of this new cooler in one of our of distribution centers in the US for our 2°C to 8°C domestic shipments. We have expansion plans for additional distribution centers in the US and in other geographies and for our dry ice shipments under investigation.
In the meantime, our Polystyrene Cooler Return Program will continue to be available for our US customers.

As you start to receive products in this new cooler feel free to share your experience with us on social media with the #SmallerFootprints hashtag or by contacting the Life Science Corporate Responsibility group.

SMASH Packaging Brochure

Corporate Responsibility