How Food Box Deliveries Have Become the Most Environmentally Friendly Way to Buy Your Weekly Food Shop

How Food Box Deliveries Have Become the Most Environmentally Friendly Way to Buy Your Weekly Food Shop
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How Food Box deliveries have become the most environmentally friendly way to buy your weekly food shop

You might wonder how having all these great big vans delivering your food boxes can be good for the environment.

The answer is that it’s been shown that the most polluting part of your food’s journey from farm to plate is the last few miles in a private car, and the reason for this is the small loads per mile traveled.

Imagine the pollution coming out of the back of a Range Rover going to and from the supermarket with 4 shopping bags in the back.

Traditional fresh food deliveries used to need refrigerated vans

Although the courier delivery infrastructure has become incredibly efficient over the last decade, one of the challenges of fresh food eCommerce was the need to keep the produce chilled.

This meant it needed to be delivered in chilled vans and trucks which meant they had to be fitted with large, polluting, air conditioning units to chill the load area.

Now a new type of sustainable packaging called Woolcool makes it possible for chilled deliveries to go through standard courier services or even through the post.

Woolcool takes countless refrigerated trucks off the roads

Previously used in the pharmaceutical industry to protect medical shipments, Woolcool is the perfect answer to the delivery problems of the fresh food eCommerce industry.

The high-performance thermal insulated packaging is designed specifically for direct deliveries of chilled and frozen foods including meat boxes, fresh fish and seafood, cheeses and deli items, fresh fruit and vegetables, gourmet menus, and ready meals.

Wool’s superior insulating properties are far more effective than other solutions at keeping contents colder for longer and it’s been proven to keep produce within the temperature ranges required by the Food Standards Agency for at least 24 hours and in many cases, much longer.

Woolcool is made using 100% pure sheep’s wool

Wool is a sustainable, compostable, by product of rearing sheep. It’s washed in a natural process, scoured, felted and then sealed within recyclable industry grade micro-perforated polyethylene wrap.

Woolcool insulation snugly cushions the box contents to prevent damage in transit without the need for additional void packaging like polystyrene peanuts.

In the last year alone, Woolcool has prevented the equivalent of 75 Olympic sized swimming pools full of polystyrene from going to landfill.

Wool is naturally biodegradable

This biodegradability means that at the end of the liner’s life, the Wool component can be returned to the soil, where it decomposes, releasing valuable nutrients into the ground.

It doesn’t matter where the packaging ends up, even in landfill, within 6-12 months, the wool will have broken down completely.

Woolcool is a real game changer in the fresh food delivery chain

Woolcool has really played a key role in the success of the booming food box delivery market and has ensured that this has become the most environmentally friendly way to buy your weekly shop.

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