No one likes EPS Cooler Boxes, especially your customers!
By only utilizing truly recyclable materials such as ♳ PET sourced from water bottles, Thermal Shipping Solutions has created your next cold-chain product. The Renewliner is lightweight PET fiber, made from post-consumer plastic, and is recyclable--just like other common PET items. Any recycling system that accepts ♳ PET can recycle Renewliner.
The cold chain logistics market is increasingly crowded with so-called green alternatives that use organic fiber-based or foam-based insulation. Not only are these materials heavier than Renewliner, they are often packaged inside polyethylene plastic film—a material even the most progressive curbside recycling systems do not accept. Despite claims around compostability, there are no standards to test against for backyard composting, and curbside municipal composting services are very rare.
While these alternatives are painted as eco-friendly, they strap consumers with a mix of materials and no clear directives on proper disposal.
The Renewliner Solution
The Renewliner is packed flat to save storage space. Simply push it into your box, pack and seal as normal. Your customer can toss the carton in the paper bin and the Renewliner in the plastic bin. Custom printing and sizing available.
Polyester (PET) Fiber
Sourced almost entirely (85 percent or more) from recycled bottles, PET fiber insulation is resilient, weighs virtually nothing, and is fully curb-side recyclable. It can be provided cut and custom-printed in whatever size you need, always taking up less room in delivery trucks and your valuable storage space.
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Recycling is the solution to the green challenges facing shippers today. We use recycled PET to make Renewliner because recycled PET required around 70 precent less energy than virgin plastic—not to the mention the savings from offsetting the need for virgin oil.
Utilizing post-consumer recycled and recyclable PET to manufacture insulation prevents waste, degradable or not, from filling our landfills.
We Why Need to Close the Loop
Modern landfills are designed to prevent decomposition, because it produces harmful greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide, as well as leachate, which pollutes ground water and soil.
While excavating an ancient Roman garbage dump, archeologists found 2,000-year-old organic material that had not fully decomposed. We still waste tremendous amounts of compostable material: More than a quarter of municipal solid waste sent to U.S. landfills is composed of paper. We are essentually mummifying this for future archeologists. Add to that the food, yard waste and other compostable materials that account for another 34 percent of landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Landfills are meant to prevent decomposition so there is little difference between EPS or a banana peel or a burlap bag once it reaches the dump!
Recycling is the best and most responsible way to help the environment.
Communicating Renewliner Attributes to Your Customers
Q: Now that my package has arrived, what should I do with my Renewliner?
A: Your Renewliner still has life left in it. Consider storing it and using it to insulate or protect items you ship in the future. Once you're done with Renewliner, place it in your curbside or local plastics recycling bin. It is made from 100 percent polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is marked by is the number 1 inside the "chasing arrows" recycling symbol: ♳.
Q: Do I need to do anything to prepare Renewliner for recycling? For example, do I need to remove the outside coating?
A: No. Renewliner is 100% PET – the film lining is made from the same material as the inner fiber.
Q: Is Renewliner compostable?
A: No, Renewliner is not compostable. It is plastic. But it is made from 85 (or more) percent recycled PET plastic, which means it uses very little, if any, virgin oil.
Q: What is more sustainable: compostable insulation or Renewliner?
A: Renewliner is 100 percent recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and is made from at least 85 percent post-consumer waste. PET is recyclable and one of the most widely recycled plastics in curbside recycling programs.
PET is also very lightweight. In fact, it would take 7.3 metric tonnes of other packaging materials, including paper, to replace 1 metric tonne of plastic, according to Plastics and Sustainability, a 2016 report by research firm Trucost.
Ascertaining the sustainability of compostable insulation, on the other hand, is less straight-forward.
Plant-based insulation is made from a variety of source materials, such as burlap, and may be combined with non-compostable binders.
There are no U.S. standards for backyard composability. As with other plant-based material, your success or failure in being able to convert plant-based insulation material into compost depends on how well the compost pile is maintained and whether the insulation contains non-compostable binders.
If you live in one of the 200 U.S. cities* that offer curbside municipal composting services, you can place your plant-based insulation material into your composting bin, under certain conditions:
- ~ You remove and discard of any plastic film that serves to segregate the insulation from the goods or products that have been shipped inside the container.
- ~ The insulation does not contain any synthetic binders that would render it not compostable—check with the insulation provider if you're not sure.
*According to BioCycle Magazine