We get it, there’s no one size fits all.
That’s why we haven’t concentrated on just one sustainable cool chain solution. We find out what’s important to you and your customers, and deliver on that.
Sustainability is more than just a buzz word.
Sustainability at a global level is unfortunately a highly contentious topic, and has different meanings for different people. Whether its recyclable materials, compostable, reusable, paper based or plastic; companies and researchers globally are continually providing new perspectives and a fresh lens on the wider impacts of certain materials. Thermogard believes the best way for us to positively drive sustainability in our global marketplace, is to provide education to our customers, to give our customers what they need, to make sustainability their decision.
Thermogard Wool liners are made of sheep’s wool, and are 100% natural fibres. Wool is a natural insulator, providing many benefits to your cold chain packaging solution. Our liners are wrapped in a 100% commercially and home compostable film or a soft plastics recyclable film. This means that once you are ready to dispose of your wool liner, you can simply bury in your backyard, use in your vegetable garden or add to your worm farm, or if the soft plastic version, be dropped off at your nearest soft plastics bin at your nearest participating supermarket.
Why Wool Felt?
100% natural and compostable
Returns valuable nutrients to the soil when composted at home or in landfill
Superior performance when compared to polystyrene
Uses by-product that would otherwise go to waste
Why Not Wool Felt?
Difficult to recycle at end of life
Relies on animal wool resource
Can be odourous and make the shipper smell
Depletes natural resources when created as it comes from an animal
Paper is widely viewed as the environmentally friendly packaging alternative. Paper is highly recyclable and can be recycled many times. However, a lot of energy and resources are used in the production of paper. Implementing paper in your packaging will instantly get you wins with your customers, but…. is it always the right thing?
Kerbside Recyclable in most global regions
Consumer perception is that paper is more ‘environmentally friendly’
Why Not Paper?
Manufacturing requires 4 times more water, and generates 3 times more greenhouse gases than plastic
20% less reuse rate than plastic
It would take 7 trucks to transport the equivalent of 1 truck of plastic
To quote the World Economic Forum; Humanity’s relationship with plastic is rather schizophrenic! Without it, our lives wouldn’t be the same. However plastic is widely viewed as the evil pollutant. Studies widely show that the product itself is not the problem, it’s what we as humans do with it. In using plastic, the best we can do is educate our customers on how to recycle, and encourage them to do it.
Plastic in cool chain is generally soft plastic, which is recyclable
Manufacturing and transporting plastic has an overall less environmental impact than paper
Waterproof and water resistant
Flexible and easily printable
90% of the world’s ocean pollution comes from 8 rivers in Asia and 2 in Africa. Developed nations have reasonable plastic waste control
Why Not Plastic?
Difficult to recycle, and generally not kerbside recyclable
Very poor consumer perception
Can take 100’s to 1000’s of years to break down
Research shows micro plastics (very small pieces of plastic) are entering waterways
Ocean plastics affect wildlife. It is expected by 2050 there will be more ocean plastic than sea life
Recyclable vs Biodegradable Plastic
Confronting images of the devastating impact plastic pollution has on our oceans and waterways are all too common in the media. There’s no doubt that plastic contamination is a major global problem.
Products that work with you.
Thermogard transits millions of items at the correct temperature.
“The Team at Thermogard are fantastic to work with. Nothing is ever a problem. Their enthusiasm to work alongside Mainfreight and our customers to find new, efficient and sustainable solutions is outstanding.”
“We have been using Thermogard for over 10 years. Deliveries are consistent and on time, the products work every time, and they save us time. I would have no hesitation in recommending Thermogard.”
“Great service and great adaptability as a supplier, the Thermogard team is always willing to work with changing environments and most importantly innovate to keep providing top quality products”