US packaging company Vericool has introduced an expanded line of Vericoolers that are intended to offer sustainable, low-cost and safe thermal packaging for various applications within the pharmaceutical and food markets.

The company introduced the new patent-pending line of products in a bid to remove the adverse ecological impact of expanded polystyrene (EPS) or Styrofoam packaging materials.

Vericool CEO Darrell Jobe said: “Experts say that EPS/Styrofoam has a detrimental impact on health, and pharmaceutical companies are beginning to recognise they can’t continue to ship their life-saving medicines in materials that harm the environment.

“Cold chain shipping logistics are complex and shipment demand is growing. Recyclapostable Vericoolers keep both products and people safe and will immediately improve a company’s environmental footprint by reducing its packaging footprint.”

EPS/Styrofoam coolers are used extensively to keep products cold.

However, every year millions of pounds of EPS are dumped into landfills and oceans affecting the environment, wild and aquatic life.

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“Pharmaceutical companies are beginning to recognise they can’t continue to ship their life-saving medicines in materials that harm the environment.”

Vericoolers are competent to keep the packaged pharmaceutical products, including medicines, vaccines, and biological items cold for up to the critical 96-hour range offering a sustainable alternative to the EPS/Styrofoam.

A recent study by Rutgers found that nearly 47% of 684 meal/food kit items ordered arrived with surface temperatures above 40°C making them unsafe for consumption.

The customised Vericooler IIIs, made from moulded plant fibre, addresses this challenge faced by food kit industry by keeping the products cold from packaging until delivery.

The new Vericoolers will be displayed at PackExpo, Las Vegas, scheduled to be held later this month.

Image: The sustainable Vericooler III. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.