TemperPack raises $40M to combat plastic foam waste

March 8, 2019 by  
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If you’ve purchased a TV or other appliance in the past few decades, you’ve experienced the massive chunks of polystyrene foam that came with it. Plastic foam as it is known, also commonly called by the brand name Styrofoam , has dominated the packaging and insulation industries for many years and brought with it tons of waste. Taking an estimated 500 years to break down, the product leaves much to be desired from a sustainability standpoint. There is no doubt that plastic foam is one of the least sustainable products on the market, yet it is still prevalent because it works so well. A newcomer to the market, TemperPack, has developed an eco-friendly option that hopes to eliminate the need for plastic foam altogether. Obviously, TemperPack is not alone in its desire to bring the product to market, as they have sourced around $40 million in funding to further develop the technology . Related: Jamaica will ban plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam by 2019 Longtime friends and now co-founders Brian Powers and James McGoff developed a patent-pending product called ClimaCell that is aimed at sustainability from production through the waste cycle. The company claims that the manufacturing produces 97 percent less carbon emissions than plastic foam manufacturing. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the ClimaCell is the ability to add it to curbside recycling where available. The company has taken the steps to obtain OCC-E certification, ensuring the product meets recycling standards equal to basic cardboard, which has an extraordinarily high recycle rate. The new product is set to replace large hunks and sheets of plastic foam with its cushioning capabilities. In addition, ClimaCell offers an alternative for disposable food shipping coolers while ensuring perishables arrive safely and remain cold during transport. Several thicknesses are available to cater to the different needs of businesses throughout seasonal and product changes. Using the technology in a similar way, TemperPack also produces a completely recyclable alternative to packing peanuts and bubble wrap for full-spectrum packaging and packing options. TemperPack aims to offer complete solutions to businesses in order to make it easier for them to lessen their environmental impact. In the end, its hopes to achieve its mission of solving packaging problems through sustainable design. High consuming industries include pharmaceutical and food companies with a need to keep products cold. The company estimates the use of ClimaCell has diverted 10 million pounds of plastic foam from the waste stream. + TemperPack Via Forbes Images via TemperPack

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Survey Results: Read Labels for Ingredients and Recyclability Info?

September 19, 2018 by  
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Thanks to those of you who responded to last week’s … The post Survey Results: Read Labels for Ingredients and Recyclability Info? appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Earthling Survey: Read Labels for Ingredients and Recyclability Info?

September 12, 2018 by  
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3 Ways To Eliminate Food Waste Before It Reaches The Compost

October 6, 2016 by  
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The struggles with going zero waste sometimes feel endless, and food waste is no exception. When I first went zero waste, I didn’t make anything at home; I just bought a lot of food products in recyclable packaging. Baby steps. My salad would be…

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Swain boots come in a re-usable wood box to reduce packaging waste

September 30, 2015 by  
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It took more than a century for someone to do something different in the shoe industry regarding packaging, but get ready, because there’s a new box in town. A young Portuguese entrepreneur is introducing the first shoe in the market packed in a box made of wood . The name is Swain, the concept is simple: “You don’t need to throw away your paper box or burn it in your fireplace anymore”, says Rodrigo Mendes, the young Portuguese entrepreneur. “A box is perfect for planting strawberries or to keep books and CDs on your desk.” Swain is manufactured in northern Portugal, and because they are made to last, you won’t need to buy a replacement pair for a long time. + Buy Swain + Support Swain on Indiegogo The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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