From fish to pharmaceuticals, chicken to chocolate and beef to berries, if it is temperature sensitive or perishable it will require the product to be kept fresh and safe. So, the problem faced, is not just limited to the seafood sector. The KoolPak has brought together a range of users and manufacturers with a single vision to create a sustainable alternative packaging system.
As fishers, Tom and Kath initially looked to target the seafood industry, but the KoolPak goes beyond seafood. They quickly realised that the KoolPak has benefits for every sector which meant the KoolPak could have a much greater role, orders of magnitude greater, in removing polystyrene and single use plastics from the environment.
The production and transport of food is a major global industry, and it is projected to grow strongly in Australia over the next 20 years as export capacities expand. In 2018, more than 23 million tonnes of foodstuffs worth $42 billion based on farm gate values passed through the Australian cold food chain. The TomKat KoolPak® is designed to assist producers deliver their products fresh and safe, and with the KoolPak App, they can also prove the provenance of their produce.
Spill over environmental benefits can also be attributed to the KoolPak for other sectors. Transport logistics have considerable environmental impact in the use of fuel, and emission of greenhouse gases. Existing polystyrene packaging is inefficient to transport to customers before they even use it. KoolPaks can be delivered by the pallet, flat packed for efficient transportation. Each pallet holds up to 140 KoolPaks which is approximately three times as many boxes as an equivalent sized polystyrene box or other option which is not flat packable.