Cool packs are great for keeping food and pharmaceuticals cold during transportation, slapping on a sports injury, the back of your neck during a heatwave. But what to do with the volumes of them which arrive weekly in courier-delivered food boxes?
Some contain gel, some water, but all are wrapped in #7 plastic, which is currently non-recyclable in Whanganui.
Please advocate to suppliers to institute a return and reuse scheme for their packaging products.
See below for some ideas for reuse.
• Place in lunch bags, chilly bins
• Use for sprains/injuries at home, for cooling during hot weather
The following suggestions haven't been specifically checked. (Please email us with your successes or otherwise so we can update this element.)
• schools for breakfast/lunch programmes, sports events, school nurse
• food banks, Meals on Wheels
• SPCA, animal/bird rescue organisations
• migraine sufferers
• pharmacies which may recycle them to transport medications
• physical therapist's office
• dance programmes/studios
• sports teams
• secondhand shops
Cool packs may be able to reused in cavity wall insulation.
Please keep from landfill wherever possible, as they will not biodegrade.