COOLER THAN A COOLER
When it comes to placing a truLOCAL order, there are a few things you can expect – a chic black box, an insulated cooler, a slab of dry ice, and a customized selection of delicious, locally-sourced meats. We get asked a lot of questions about our packaging – let’s break it down.
Are you living alone, or do you just not eat that much meat? Maybe you travel frequently, or enjoy eating out! Instead of ordering a small box every three weeks, for example – try ordering a regular box every six weeks! Ordering the regular size box less frequently is a great way to reduce to total amount of packaging you’re receiving – and get more bang for your buck!
To Recycle, or Not To Recycle?
The black cardboard box can broken down, and be placed in your blue bin. The Styrofoam cooler does have the recycling symbol on the bottom, so your municipality should take it in the blue bin! If you’re not sure, your municipality (or county, if you’re in a rural area) should outline on their website what items they are able to accept as recyclables in the blue bin. This can vary from city to city – meaning we don’t have a sure-fire answer.
If your municipality won’t accept the Styrofoam cooler in the blue bin, your local landfill or recycling depot will be able to properly recycle it for you.
Reusing your cooler around the house is one of the best ways to get the most bang for your buck with your box, and for the environment. We’ve come across a ton of creative ideas over the years – a lot of which we use in our own homes! The truLOCAL Styrofoam cooler can be used as a cat shelter for strays in the colder months, or for storage of things like knitting supplies, sewing kits, or holiday ornaments. It can also be handy to keep in the trunk for when you’re purchasing other cold items like milk and eggs at the grocery store or farmers market. They can be used as drink coolers, or to hold household goods during a move. The possibilities really are endless – so get creative!
Cooler Exchange Program
Here at truLOCAL, the question is asked all the time about the possibility of a cooler exchange program – leave your cooler out on the porch/near the door, and it will be picked up when your next order is dropped off. It sounds like a beautiful harmony in theory – but in brainstorming how to implement something as awesome (and massive) as a cooler exchange, we’ve realized there are some major roadblocks.
The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations part 10, division 1 specifies that we must guarantee any food packaging, including the cooler, is clean, sanitary, free from odours, of sound construction, and able to adequately protect the food. Once we’ve shipped out a cooler from our facility, we can no longer guarantee that the coolers will meet those criteria, as we just can’t control how they are used/handled in people’s individual homes.
We also rely on third-party couriers to complete our deliveries, and we unfortunately don’t have the ability to instruct them to pick up the coolers. It would be treated as a brand new/separate shipment to send the empty coolers back to us – and we can’t guarantee the condition the cooler would be in when it arrives back to us.
Because we deal with a sensitive product – food – we always need to be able to ensure beyond any doubt that it’s being packaged and delivered to the highest standard. That includes guaranteeing the use of fresh, brand new coolers to transport the delicious products you know and love.
Whether you prefer to reuse, reduce, or recycle, they’re all great ways to help minimize the environmental impact of shipping frozen goods. That said, as a growing start-up, we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to deliver the products that you know and love.
Have a great suggestion for an alternative to our current coolers that we absolutely have to hear about? Let us know! Have a cool way you reuse your cooler in your own home? We want to see! Reach out to us via Facebook, Instagram, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org