DS Smith Launches Sustainable Packaging for Temperature-Sensitive Deliveries

It is becoming ever clearer that consumer shopping habits have drastically changed over the past months. The response to the Covid-19 pandemic was translated into an acceleration of e-commerce market. Indeed, recent research from DS Smith revealed that European consumers plan to continue or increase buying groceries online (62%) and order home meal kits (49%). What consumers do worry about, however, is the packaging that their order arrives in. Or, more specifically, its impact on the environment.

To answer the sustainability challenges raised by the growth in e-commerce, DS Smith and TemperPack have partnering to introduce ClimaCell®, a sustainable thermal insulation barrier for temperature sensitive goods such as meal kits, perishable groceries and medical products.

A combined pack will include:

  • A transport box – to protect and ship the content
  • Insulation material – the thermal barrier between the inside and outside temperature (ClimaCell®)
  • And cooling agent (e.g. Gel packs) – to maintain the required temperature inside
E-commerce flourished under pandemic conditions

By using ClimaCell® thermal liners it is easier to tackle consumers worries about the environment. The product, which is made from paper and bio-based materials, can be easily recycled in paper recycling bins by consumer after use. It will replace the difficult to recycle EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam, over 350,000 tonnes of which is used in packaging annually, with just a third of this plastic packaging waste being recycled in Europe.

In addition, switching from EPS foam to ClimaCell® reduces carbon emissions by 65%.                                      

Always on-hand to offer that personal touch, DS Smith will help buinesses identify the best insulating solution for their deliveries, looking at the thermal requirements and considering the different aspects of the individual supply chain. Through this holistic view, DS Smith can ensure that deliveries arrive at their destination in perfect condition, guaranteeing the perfect customer experience.

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