Naturally fresh packaging.
Naturally fresh packaging.
Every time fresh.
Woolcool® insulated packaging solutions for food are naturally sustainable, using 100% pure wool. Our solutions are trusted across the sector to consistently deliver perishable goods in perfect condition. Chilled, frozen, ambient or hot food, we have a solution for you!
Every time fresh.
Woolcool® insulated packaging solutions are naturally sustainable, using 100% pure wool. Our solutions are trusted across the sector to consistently deliver perishable goods in perfect condition. Chilled, frozen, ambient or hot, we have a solution for you!
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If your business is to deliver the freshest produce then Woolcool® is for you.
It is what is on the inside that counts, which is why we believe in using the right material, for the right application, fully researched from beginning to end of life. Woolcool’s solutions are proven to use fewer ice packs, less material, whilst offering superior performance for the shipment of food and other perishable goods. Explore our standard range of insulated packaging for food below, or get in touch to discuss a tailored solution.
Browse our food insulated packaging range…
Woolcool’s Insulated Box Set includes the courier box and matching Woolcool® liners. Ideal for providing high performing insulative protection when shipping chilled, frozen and ambient foods, such as meats, cheeses and chocolate, as well as fruit and vegetables.
Our Insulated Pouches are perfect for delivering smaller quantities of goods, working well inside hampers and with recipe kits, and other products that combine both ambient and chilled contents.
Using natural materials to change the world… Natural, renewable, reusable, recyclable, compostable and returnable, Wool is one of the most sustainable materials on the planet, being available in abundance as a by-product of rearing sheep. Making it the perfect material for use in insulated packaging.
Looking for a plant-based solution, check out our Cemp range…
Making a difference.
Since 2009, many thousands of tonnes of non-biodegradable plastic packaging waste has been saved from landfill by customers switching to Woolcool® across the globe.
Just in the last year alone, Woolcool® has prevented the equivalent of 75 olympic sized swimming pools full of polystyrene from going to landfill.
Woolcool® can be delivered in just one 40ft lorry versus four lorries in equivalent conventional solutions.
A 75% space saving!
In one year, Woolcool® prevented the equivalent weight of 21 blue whales of polystyrene from going to landfill.
Woolcool® prevented the equivalent weight of 525 asian elephants of polystyrene from going to landfill last year.
CSR & United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Woolcool®’s sustainable credentials contribute towards our customer’s Corporate Social Responsibilities and Sustainable Development Goals. Woolcool® will not only stand the test of time but brings businesses the added value of being environmentally responsible.
Woolcool® is committed to meeting as many of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals – or SDGs – as we can. Many of the UN’s goals touch upon what Woolcool® does as a sustainable business that was built on green principles. We believe business has a vital role to play if the globe is to benefit from the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. After all, our company was founded on sustainable ideals. We know there is always more we can do, but Woolcool® is determined to play its part in creating a more sustainable world through environmentally-friendly insulated packaging.
Woolcool® thermal insulated packaging products help companies and consumers reduce, reuse and recycle packaging as set out by the Government and following guidelines by WRAP (Waste & Resource Action Programme).The wool insulation is certified compostable and biodegradable, releasing valuable nitrates back into the soil.
Any plastics used are easily recyclable at local authority waste depots.The cardboard delivery boxes are produced using recycled materials with FSC standards, and are easily recyclable at local authority waste depots.
Using Woolcool® as insulated packaging for food and pharmaceutical goods, significantly reduces the rate of the Packaging Waste obligation versus conventional materials. At the end of its useful life as packaging, the insulation liners or felted wool can be re-used for a variety of purposes.
Proven performance, sustainably.
Wool has naturally evolved as an insulator and independent tests consistently prove that Woolcool® outperforms conventional insulated packaging for food on every level.
Through rigorous in-house and external independent testing against industry standards, Woolcool® insulated packaging have been proven to maintain food contents at their required temperature for longer than conventional materials. With our own testing facility, we can support in finding the optimal solution for you.
Woolcool® has also been independently proven to keep food contents at fridge temperatures for at least 24 hours and beyond.
Woolcool® works perfectly for frozen produce too.
Ambient and hot.
Looking to keep something a bit warmer, get in touch with our team to discuss how Woolcool® insulated packaging for food works for warmer requirements.
Duration a required temperature is sustained.
- Woolcool® (48hrs+)
- Alternative Solutions (24hrs)
Comparative water used to create packaging solution.
- Woolcool® box set (less than 33%)
- Paper or cardboard solution
Comparative plastic required to create packaging solution.*
- Woolcool® box set (10% less)
- Paper or cardboard solution
*Due to the performance of Woolcool, significant fewer ices packs are needed in the box.
Woolcool®’s sustainable credentials contribute towards our customer’s Corporate Social Responsibilities and Sustainable Development Goals.
Fewer ice packs & less material.
Superior insulation means fewer ice packs are necessary. Versus other solutions, Woolcool uses significantly less material in each shipment. The first of the 3Rs is reduce!
Nature’s smart fibre.
Woolcool® insulation is sealed in breathable film which allows the ‘smart’ wool fibres to absorb humidity and condensation.
- High performing quality product, from a fully traceable UK based supply chain.
- Genuinely Sustainable Insulated Packaging without sacrificing performance.
- Reduction in ice packs and material means less Packaging Waste.
- Experts in Cold Chain.
- Woolcool® is supplied flat packed and therefore reduction in storage space needed.
- Tried, tested and proven performance across both the Food and Pharmaceutical Sectors.
- ISO 9001 and 14001 certified company.
- Trained and experienced packaging technologists on hand to help with all packaging questions.
We appreciate packaging is an expense, so our commitment is to offer the most effective and efficient solution, in terms of both cost and performance. Our experts are ready and waiting to discuss the best solution for you!
We specially designed our standard range of Woolcool® insulated food packaging for direct deliveries of a whole host of chilled, frozen, ambient and hot foods including, but not limited to, meat boxes, fresh fish and seafood, cheeses and deli items, fresh fruit and veg, gourmet menus and ready meals, and even pet food!
Bespoke for big business.
Woolcool® already supplied tailor-made solutions to many of the leading names in the food sector including Innocent, Unilever, Abel and Cole, Butternut Box and Riverford Organic. Fortnum & Mason use our Woolcool® pouches to protect chilled products in their world famous hampers.
Woolcool® insulated liners combined with rigid, recycled, flat packed, brown cardboard boxes make-up the complete Woolcool® solution. Alternative colour and branding options are available.
Pouch and postal packs.
Woolcool® Insulated pouches are ideal for sending one or two speciality food items in the post or within an ambient food box or hamper.
Alternatively, Woolcool® postal packs are available in A3 or A4 size or long enough to fit a whole salmon.
Both products are made from white recyclable LDPE with an extra secure 15mm self adhesive strip. Woolcool® Insulated pouches are also available with clip-together handles as ready-to-go cool bags.
Where can I find sizing and price information?
While we have a standard range of solutions and sizes available, every food product reacts differently to temperature, affecting which solution best suits your needs.
To find out more information on pricing and sizes, please get in touch with us.
You’ll be assigned a dedicated account manager from our team of experts right away, who will recommend the best solution for you, and provide all of the relevant information.
Woolcool pioneered the sustainable packaging revolution over two decades ago and have researched, and created innovative solutions for delivering perishable goods, ever since.
Unlike alternative solutions, there’s no need to compromise on sustainability or performance, when Woolcool offers both! We have harnessed the amazing natural properties of 100% sheep’s wool to provide insulation that delivers your products in perfect condition, without harming the planet.
Woolcool uses fully traceable materials and processes which are ISO certified to ensure consistent, clean, high-quality supply.
Other benefits of using wool includes its ability to absorb moisture from ice packs, preventing your products from arriving damp, and reducing damage from any accidental spills during transit. Its flexible nature also protects them from the impacts of courier delivery.
Our rigorous cleaning process and the natural anti-microbial nature of wool also means that it has a much lower toxicity level when compared with alternative textiles.
See how Woolcool measures up to other solutions here.
How does it perform?
Unlike traditional solutions Woolcool® does not simply act as a barrier that slows down the heat exchange from outside, to inside the package. Instead, wool fibres breath in air and moisture from within the box or pouch, to actively help in maintaining temperatures, as they have evolved to do for sheep over thousands of years!
Woolcool® can keep products at fridge temperature, frozen, ambient, or even hot for up to 72 hours, and sometimes beyond, but performance does vary by product, temperature range and on the amount and quantity of ice used.
We have rigorously tested our solutions to industry standards and our expert team are on hand to make the best recommendations for you, so please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
How is Woolcool® sustainable?
We have specifically chosen to use materials that are compostable or recyclable, renewable, easy to dispose of and available in abundance, so that at the end of its life, our packaging does as little damage to the planet as possible. In fact, as wool composts it even adds nutrients back into the ground!
Due to the high performing nature of the materials we use, it also means that overall, our packaging uses less material and as a result, produces less waste compared to alternatives.
We were the first UK company in our sector to become B-Corp certified, are actively working towards meeting UN’s outlined Sustainable Development Goals and all of the paper and cardboard we use is FSC certified.
To find out more about what we’re doing to reduce our impact on planet, you can visit our sustainability page by clicking here.
Why do we use plastic film for our packaging?
We’re proud that our packaging range is up to 95% plastic free, utilising natural materials such as wool and paper.
We are however very aware that it is important to use the right material for the right application, and all of our Woolcool® insulation liners are wrapped in a grade 4 recyclable polyethylene film. This is to ensure that they meet hygiene requirements for both food and pharmaceutical applications, and also to increase the reusability of the insulation. Due to the nature of our packaging being designed to work alongside ice packs, which produce condensation during use, waterproof materials also increase the durability of our packaging.
The additional bonus of wool is that it absorbs moisture really well to eliminate this moisture, and you may notice tiny perforations in our film which allow the wool to do this still, despite being wrapped.
We are always researching and staying at the forefront of developments of plastic alternatives in the sector, however we are also keen to fully ensure that a material is fit for purpose, as well as genuinely being better for the environment.
There are several ‘bio’ and ‘compostable’ plastic alternatives now available, but these often require very specific environments to break down, without which they can take many years to degrade just like traditional plastics. Whether they leave behind traces of bioplastics which can still be harmful to the environment, is also questionable and further long-term study is required.
For the time being, we have opted to use a material which our end users know how to dispose of correctly, with total transparency, until we are sure a better alternative is available.
If you’re interested in reading more about our stance on material balance and plastic use, head over to our blog: Striking a Balance: Choosing the Right Materials
What if i’m vegan?
By name and nature, Woolcool® is made from wool, which comes from sheep.
Despite this we are an extremely ethically-minded company and do have a number of vegan and plant-based customers on board, who support Woolcool’s environmental values and what we are trying to achieve.
We do not kill sheep for their wool, and we do not use lambs wool. In order for a sheep to stay healthy it must be sheared. Very few breeds of sheep will shed their own wool and so both DEFRA and the RSPCA state that sheep need to be sheared at least once every year as part of their welfare.
As a result, there is plenty of Wool around, if this was not used, it would probably end up burnt or dug back into the soil. This would be a massive waste for a material which such amazing and sustainable properties; wool is compostable, renewable and forms part of the natural carbon and bio-economy cycle.
We believe it is key to any business that wants a positive future legacy to consider the Planet and People when making our business decisions. We believe in business as a force for good and the B Corp certification displays this, along with us changing our inherent Articles of Association to commit to this in writing.
Woolcool® was originally created as a solution to replace the polystyrene box alternative over two decades ago. Since then, we have done lots of research with top universities to delve into the benefits of using wool as a material and in the last year alone, we have saved more than 2,000 tonnes of polystyrene from going into landfill, or our oceans.
We’re extremely conscious of the choices we make in our own wool supply chain. Sourcing our wool only from Britain, Europe and Turkey, we ensure that the wool is from sheep that are well maintained and cared for by law, and it does not require ridiculously high shipment miles. We also do not rely on mass deforestation for our insulation. From a recent Carbon Footprint Analysis conducted, our carbon footprint was found to be extremely low.
To read more about our ethical stance practices, you can head over to the dedicated Sustainability and Ethics page on our website, which included even more information.
How many times can Woolcool® be reused to send products?
Woolcool® has been designed to be as sustainable as possible as a single use application, but due to its flexible and durable nature, it is also reusable… helping out with your CSR and cashflow!
Some of our customers reuse the Woolcool® liners for their food deliveries up to 10 times. Of course, its reusability depends on the condition of the liners after use – for example, if it has been ripped or if contents have spilled out or seeped into the insulation, we would not recommend reuse.
How do i reuse/recycle Woolcool® at home?
As wool is such an amazing material, with lots of useful qualities, we recommend reusing the liners around the home and garden where you can, to reduce waste as much as possible. We have an awesome online community who share all of the clever ways they have reused their wool on social media using #LetsBoxClever.
If you have no use for the wool, it is certified compostable and can therefore be broken up and placed in with your garden waste. Alternatively, it can be home composted, or donated. The food-grade plastic wrap is recyclable. The correct way to do this varies by location, so we’d recommend recycling this in the same way you would any other stretchy plastic bags, such as at your local carrier bag recycling point.
For more reuse inspiration, or information on recycling, head over to our dedicated recycling ideas page.
What Ooni say...
We have been using Woolcool packaging products since we launched our Ooni Frozen Dough Balls 3 years ago. They have provided the perfect bespoke solution for our product which has improved both performance and customer experience. The account management is excellent and they are always accommodating the needs of our business. Woolcool are now our chosen supplier for all chilled and frozen products in the Ooni Grocery range.
What Naturaw say...
We switched to Woolcool in 2020 after using a competitor and have found their service, attention to detail and most importantly quality of products to be second to none; as a B Corp also committed to the highest ethical standards.
With around 40% of our Woolcool liners being returned and re-used by loyal customers, it is great to work with a packaging partner that is totally in sync with our value system; minimising wastage and being as kind to the planet as possible!
What Boil and Broth say...
The team at Woolcool® offer excellent customer service and support, their products are innovative and sustainable which really aligns with our business. During the Summer months, our frozen broth has stayed frozen for up to 48 hours and in the Winter it has even been as long as 72 hours. We would highly recommend using Woolcool® for guaranteed frozen shipping