We searched high and low to find a packaging solution to suit our product and to suit our ethos. Here in the homestead we keep a small flock of sheep for our own lamb and we also use the wool. Claire (mainly in the winter months when we are inside more and not growing as much) spins the wool into yarn and then also weaves it into things like blankets. With all of the sheep around the homestead and this area being a traditional sheep farming area it is nice to keep the old traditions going.
So when we discovered WoolCool packaging we thought it fitted perfectly in with our life here on the homestead. The wool isn’t ours, it is picked, scoured and washed by WoolCool to make it food safe and then processed into the wool pads that we use in our postal envelopes. All the plastic can be either composted or recycled and the wool is very handy. We use our own sheep’s wool around all of our veggies – the slugs hate it and it keeps the weeds out!
Woolcool insulation is made using 100% pure sheep’s wool. The Wool is sustainable, compostable, and due to Wool’s superior insulative properties, more effective than other solutions at keeping contents consistently colder for longer. This biodegradability means that at the end of the liner’s life, the Wool component can be returned to the soil, where it decomposes, releasing valuable nutrients into the ground. Regardless of where the liner ends up, even if ultimately this is in landfill, within 6-12 months, the Wool will have broken down, never to be seen again. Not only is the Wool reducing food waste by keeping food chilled in transit, but it is also significantly reducing our packaging waste to landfill.
Just in the last year alone, Woolcool prevented the equivalent of 75 Olympic sized swimming pools full of polystyrene from going to landfill.
There are a number of ways you can recycle/reuse the wool liners including:
- Picnic hampers
- Pipe Lagging
- Hanging baskets
- Draught excluders
- Pet baskets
- Protection for plants/trees from frost
- Cushion stuffing
- Feeding roses and keeping slugs off
- Homework projects plants
- Donation to homeless or animal
- Keeping takeaways warm shelters
- Keeping drinks/food cold on the beach
- Craft projects
- Van/Car lining
- Pads for gardening
For more information on WoolCool check out their website…