We have the coolest coolers!
KOL Foods is excited to use only eco-friendly coolers. All our coolers are made from products that are recyclable or compostable. We are working hard to find alternatives to the plastic liner still used in some cases.
We are using coolers made from various products.
Our newest addition are coolers made from post-consumer and post-industrial paper waste. These materials are completely recyclable in your local paper recycling bin. No new materials are created, and no adding to landfills!
We also use coolers made from post-consumer recycled jute coffee bags and pre-consumer recycled cotton fabric scraps. These cooler liners are made from 100% plant-based fibers - so they are bio-degradable! Some of your municipal composting programs may accept these, but please check first. Even when put in the regular trash, no new material enters landfills, since that's where this waste material would have ended up in the first place.
All of our coolers are produced in the USA, placing a much lower burden on the environment than Styrofoam coolers. In fact, these coolers are better at insulating your KOL Foods meat than Styrofoam coolers are, so they lead to fewer incidents of spoilage in case of delays.
They are good for you, good for KOL Foods, good for the planet, and good for letting your pet play with them. It's what we call a win-win-win-win situation!
Life Cycle of a Jute & Cotton Cooler
1. The cotton for our coolers is grown in Texas and the jute is grown in India.
2. The cotton is harvested and made into cloth and the jute is harvested and made into burlap bags for U.S. coffee importers.
3. The cotton textile scraps and the burlap bags are recycled into sustainable cooler liners.
4. A jute/cotton cooler arrives on your doorstep, full of KOL Foods meat and poultry.
5. You compost the jute/cotton fiber through your municipality and it returns to the earth.
Our Jute & Cotton Cooler boxes consist of three parts: 1. a cardboard box, 2. a jute/cotton fiber liner, and 3. a plastic bag that encases the jute/cotton fiber. All three can be disposed of in an eco-friendly way.
Recycle it! Recycle the plastic encasement at your local grocery store or recycling center and recycle the cardboard box through your regular curbside pick-up. Incidentally, the plastic encasement is made from 85%-100% recycled plastic.
Compost it! Take the jute/cotton fiber out of the plastic encasement and compost it through your municipality.
Throw it out! The jute/cotton material is made from textile waste and old burlap bags which would normally go straight into a landfill. So if you toss it, you are not adding new material to landfills. These coolers take up 5-8 times less space than a Styrofoam cooler would - guilt free!
Reuse it! If you live near KOL Foods HQ in Silver Spring, MD, bring in the jute/cotton liner with the cardboard box for reuse and we will give you store credit.