Recyclable Cold Chain Packaging Market Expected to See Sustainable Growth in 2031


The major players in the cold chain recyclable packaging market are Cold Chain Technologies, Sonoco Thermosafe, Pelican Biothermal LLC, Cryopak Industries Inc., Sofrigam Company, Softbox Systems Ltd, Tempack Packaging Solutions, SL, Coolpac, DGP Intelsius Ltd. and Sealed Air Corporation.

Choosing a high performance and efficient packaging considering cost and compliance is a crucial factor. Technological advancements in manufacturing and product development have made recyclable cold chain packaging a highly competitive, easier to manage and more economical solution.

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Recyclable cold chain packaging is a packaging system for shipping goods from the manufacturing plant to the final destination while maintaining a constant temperature. This involves complete and constant refrigeration of products during production, handling, storage and transport in order to maintain their essential characteristics and value.

Different types of cold chain packaging protection are available to meet the needs of each type of product. Manufacturers can choose their shipping containers based on the level of packaging security required. Temperature-sensitive products are vulnerable to loss during the shipping process. Therefore, cold chain thermal packaging can reduce product loss during shipping, which improves customer satisfaction. Medical products such as vaccines, insulin, blood bank, drugs and food products such as frozen foods, vegetables, dairy products, seafood and meat use chain isolated products cold. It increases product shelf life and protects products from temperature fluctuations throughout their distribution journey. Hence, attributing the benefits of cold chain recyclable packaging, it augments the extensive growth of the market. Rising demand from food and beverage industry and pharmaceutical industry will propel the growth of recyclable cold chain packaging market.

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Recyclable cold chain packaging with recyclable curbside packaging made from strong kraft paper and recycled paper fibers with insulated liners maintains the right temperature. Recyclable cold chain packaging is seen as the best alternative to polystyrene or aluminum based bubble boxes, which are difficult to dispose of compared to fully recyclable heat insulated curbside mailers, will bolster demand recyclable cold chain packaging.

Recyclable cold chain packaging is the best option with eco-thermal liners, eliminating bulky and heavy internal cooling material and reducing overall packaging weight and size. Therefore, it is the best option for the consumer to easily recycle at home to dispose of the packaging responsibly.

Many packaging materials that are packaged and transported cannot be recycled and litter landfills. To further increase online sales, delivery providers use extensive packaging materials. Therefore, many environmentally conscious manufacturers are keen to minimize or eliminate post-consumer packaging waste by using recyclable, biodegradable and compostable products. Therefore, recyclable and eco-friendly cold chain packaging will experience remarkable growth.

For instance,

  • On June 30, 2020, Softbox Systems Ltd. launched Tempcell ECO packaging solution for the pharmaceutical cold chain. It is made from 100% corrugated cardboard using Thermaflute™ patent-pending plastic-free insulation technology. Corrugated cardboard is easily disposable and recyclable at the consumer’s end.

With the release of the Covid-19 vaccine, the complexity of storing and transporting vaccines in frozen, ultra-frozen and chilled formulations has become the top priority. The goal is to transport vaccines that are safe, intact and delivered on time. Covid-19 vaccines are wasted due to heat exposure and broken vials during transport. Therefore, temperature controlled recyclable pharmaceutical cold chain packaging protects the integrity of the vaccine and keeps it safe, secure and reliable. Pharmaceuticals and food products are considered essential services according to government regulations. During the Covid-19 pandemic, cold chain supply packaging becomes very crucial due to the safety and integrity of temperature-controlled products. During the Covid-19 pandemic, consumers have focused on food and retail storage and the evolution of e-commerce as a popular choice for home delivery of temperature-sensitive food . Therefore, food, beverage and pharmaceutical products using recyclable cold chain packaging during Covid-19 should expect significant growth.

North American cold chain recyclable packaging is expected to see the greatest growth due to the presence of giant pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. There is a growing demand for frozen seafood and beverages, fruits, vegetables and dairy products in the region. The United States is the largest market for cold chain packaging healthcare products such as vaccines, biopharmaceuticals and laboratory test materials. The increasing number of clinical trials for various temperature-sensitive products such as blood and tissue samples and some essential drugs have increased the market growth. Rising e-commerce and changing trend of outsourcing cold chain warehousing and transportation in the region will increase the growth of recyclable cold chain packaging.

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Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region embracing the new trend of combining temperature-controlled protection with an improved durable profile. The adoption of paper-based insulation replacing polystyrene cold packaging will generate a lucrative demand for recyclable cold chain packaging in the Asia-Pacific region.

Isothermal boxes and containers are essential for protecting heat-sensitive perishable foodstuffs and medicines. With growing awareness of consumer trends towards sustainable, reusable and recyclable packaging, manufacturers will witness substantial growth in recyclable cold chain packaging in the European region.

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