Kite Packaging’s water ice packs cut microplastics out of chilled packaging

Did you know that gel ice packs can release micro-plastics into the environment and the gel is not safe to simply pour down the drain?

Coolants are essential for transporting temperature sensitive goods such as food, fish or pharmaceuticals. Traditionally, gel packs have been the standard form of packaging to preserve these products during transit. However, disposing of these packs is highly problematic from an environmental point of view.

The contents of the gel packs consist of an absorbent plastic polymer that is mixed into water and hence risks introducing microplastics into the environment if poured down a drain. These tiny plastics can become contaminated when released into our oceans, exposing organisms to high concentrations of toxins if ingested.

In contrast, the water ice packs contain purely water, one of the cleanest and greenest resources there is. This can be disposed of easily without causing any harm while the standard of temperature control is very similar to the gel counterpart.

Both varieties have an optimal operating temperature of -20C to -30C to keep the surrounding produce fresh even during overnight shipments. Use in conjunction with Kite’s range of insulated boxes, box liners and temperature-controlled pouches for comprehensive protection against external temperatures.

The introduction of water ice packs to the range empowers businesses to embrace a greener supply chain in keeping with the global momentum to move toward more sustainable business practices. With the importance of being environmentally responsible rising, the end user can enjoy greater customer satisfaction upon receiving their shipments packaged with eco-friendly initiatives, encouraging loyalty to your brand.

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Written by Dominy Jones