Whether you’re a fisherman looking to help a client keep his catch fresh or you’re a restaurant owner that offers online shipping of seafood to any zip code in the U.S. No other industry, is so closely associated with our waterways as is the fishing and seafood industry. Resulting in the handling of oil-based EPS foam containers becomes a daily hazard. As the need to satisfy the worlds’ appetite for lobster, crab, fish and other species grows, so too does the packaging it takes to transfer, contain, and ship it.

 

The growing pile of bulky EPS foam containers that sit next to the processing houses (fish markets), after the fish arrives to shore, is not a pretty site. Even the best recycling programs, cannot capture all the EPS foam that gets busted and floats away back into the ocean, or other waterways.

 

Often piles of EPS containers sit ten feet high or more and are a tourism eyesore for the community as well. Until now alternatives to EPS foam shippers have been almost non-existent. You share a special relationship with the environment, protecting it is just as important as the profits. With many coastal communities, EPS foam has become a particularly sensitive subject. It’s enemy number one, and also a leading litter problem. Civic leaders and communities realize the pollution hazards it poses, and have passed laws banning the use of oil-based EPS foam shippers. Nature-Pack™ brand of biodegradable and compostable foam packaging can offer real solutions as an EPS foam replacement for shipping seafood.

 


Nature-Packs™ Biocooler® brand of insulated shippers increases shipping times by up to 30% vs traditional fossil-based foams while providing a holistic recovery cycle.

 

Tips for shipping “Live” seafood-

When you are sending “live” seafood through parcel mail shipment, particular care is a must, so your seafood remains “alive” when it reaches its destination in a day or two. You do not want to use wet ice, or dry ice in this situation, as both will cause harm. A refrigerant pack, and or cold seaweed will maintain the required temperatures.

 

Shipping “Frozen” seafood-

As long as the seafood is pre-packaged in a vacuum film, we would recommend adding dry ice as the refrigerant of choice. Why? It is cost efficient and maintains temperatures. As a frozen gas (carbon dioxide) dry ice sublimates (evaporates) at a rate of 5-10 lbs every 24 hours in a standard EPS foam cooler.

 

Dry ice does have precautions that require consideration when handling it and shipping it. With a surface temperature of -109.28F, it is incredibly bone chilling cold. So even only touching it with your finger can cause “freezer burn” to your skin. Dry ice is available in block or chip form. Click here for a quote.

 

The downside is that there is a shorter shelf-life for it is in a constant state of change from solid to gas, also handling and shipping can be problematic.

 

* Dry ice is considered dangerous goods/hazardous material for air transportation (carbon dioxide solid, UN1845)