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Sheep's wool at the cutting edge of packaging design?

A U.K. provider of wool insulation has received a grant to improve packaging for temperature-sensitive vaccines in transit.
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The Wool Packaging Company, a U.K. provider of wool-based packaging products for shipping food and other temperature- and moisture-sensitive items, has attracted the attention of the Technology Strategy Board, a technology incubator sponsored by the U.K. government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The Board issued the packaging company a six-figure grant to design specialized shippers to ensure the safe passage of life-saving vaccines, many of which are wasted during transit, due to exposure to unsafe temperatures.

Woolcool, the insulated packaging that the company sells for shipping food and other perishables, can maintain stable internal temperatures between 2°C and 8°C  for more than 72 hours, says The Wool Company, adding that this makes it better-performing than "polystyrene cartons, polyethylene foam or air pocket products."

The wool's loft is an added bonus. It will provide shock absorption for the items in transit, such as vaccine vials.  The other perks of wool are that it is abundant, reusable, and not made of oil.

Via: Packaging Digest

Image: Flickr / Aunt Owwee

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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