In the age of e-commerce and home deliveries keeping up with constantly increasing demand for cold chain transport has brough some serious repercussions. From an environmental perspective, there is a high price to pay.
The accumulation of mismanaged plastic waste in the world is a global growing concern, and PET plastic among all is the most problematic. It does not end with recycling: disposing of RPET is a real headache.
Obviously, this is not an issue restricted to the transport of perishable goods, far from it; but we strongly believe that everyone should do as much as possible to reduce the environmental impact of our consumption habits.
Here are a few facts about PET plastic
PET is one of the most demonised plastic materials, and up to a certain point it is understandable; If you would like to know more about it, please find below our short overview:
What is PET?
Polyethylene terephthalate has many names but is usually known by its acronym. It is a polymer of the polyester family, a thermoplastic (malleable at high temperatures) that is lightweight, slippery, firm, insulating and highly crystalline.
How is it obtained?
By polycondensation of terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol but to make it easier let’s just say it is a petroleum derivative.
What can you use it for?
Endless things. Its applications range goes from textile fibres (its original use), “famous” plastic bottles, various food packaging, bearings, insulation parts, to photographic film and many more.
Is it biodegradable?
The worst part is PET is not biodegradable (although it seems that it is responding to some bacteria ). Moreover, a chemical degradation of PET is not really successful due to its high costs and complexity. All that makes it one of the most difficult global environmental problems to tackle nowadays.
Is it recyclable?
Finally, some good news. PET is highly recyclable, once subjected to various mechanical, chemical and/or energy processes. Giving PET material a second life through recycling/reuse is crucial to restore our over-polluted ecosystems.
Applications of recycled PET: our isothermal PET inlays
There are endless possibilities when it comes to giving PET a second life, from its reuse in construction to the production of carpets, strapping, non-food packaging, filler material… As for our business, we are proud to take an action on climate change by implementing recycled materials in our cold chain solutions.
Tempack Packaging Solutions , as a leader in the cold chain sector worldwide, provides isothermal cold chain solutions for transport of pharmaceutical products as well as fresh, hot and frozen food products for over 25 years. In the recent years we have noticed how growing environmental consciousness drives consumer purchasing decisions around the world. More and more customers ask for sustainable solutions every day and we hope that thanks to this tendency the cold chain sector will become more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
We have already implemented 100% recycled organic materials in both reusable and single-use “green” solutions, but there is so much more what needs to be done for an environment’s sake so we are constantly searching for new environmentally friendly alternatives that will allow us to continue to deliver the best passive cooling solutions with a maximum respect for the sustainability criteria of the 2030 Agenda.
As for our newest ecofriendly solution, PET Thermpack, it is made from 100% recycled PET material and it shows an excellent insulating performance. Our PET Thermpack solution will maintain your products at constant chilled temperatures up to 48 hours, with a reduced number of cold packs.
Always looking towards the future
Our goal is to continue researching and innovating in order to go „greener” and to be able to use recycled marine plastic in our solutions. That will be quite a challenge, but it’s certainly worth it!