TemperPack, a leading manufacturer and engineer of sustainable insulated packaging solutions, has been recently awarded a patent for an advanced protective and thermal packaging material made from bonded polysaccharide particles by the US Patent Office. The granted patent is the first related to ClimaCell, which is the company’s most advanced and latest material introduced to the market last year.
ClimaCell is the first certified packaging material, which matches the cushioning and thermal properties of expanded polystyrene (EPS). It has also received the designation of “Widely Recyclable” from How2Recycle, a standardized labeling system communicating clear and consistent on-package recycling instructions to the consumers.
James McGoff, the co-CEO of TemperPack, stated the company wanted to design an affordable and widely used material for multiple markets. For fulfilling the same, the company had to come up with a manufacturing platform that would be massively scalable and run on widely available feedstock. The company experimented with hundreds of materials and formulations, namely, shredded kraft and newsprint, nonwoven battings comprising natural, synthetic, and paper fibers, corrugated designs, natural and synthetic extruded foams, thermoformed plastics such as rPET, and more to achieve sustainability at scale. After several experiments, the company finally landed on the product called ClimaCell. Made from rapidly renewable materials, ClimaCell is known to reduce carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by over 90% as compared to EPS. Additionally, it is moisture-resistant, food-safe, and light-weight.
According to James McGoff, from a market leadership perspective, this patent is a remarkable success for TemperPack as they have already produced millions of units. Moreover, the company is now effectively working with companies in the life sciences and perishable foods space.