Polystyrene foam or Styrofoam is widely used in single-use consumer goods the world over. In the US alone, three million tons of Styrofoam products are produced each year, predominantly used to make packaging materials and food service items such as foam cups, cartons, and other containers. All of those products end up in landfills where they make up 25-35 percent of the waste by volume and take 500 years to decompose.
To try and combat the environmental problems associated with polystyrene foam, Igloo created a cooler that matches its lightweight nature, insulation properties, and durability, but is also 100 percent biodegradable.
Igloo’s new Recool cooler is comprised of 100 percent biodegradable materials and is made in the USA from molded pulp. The product was created to provide consumers an economical and environmentally conscious alternative to single-use Styrofoam coolers when they head outdoors and don’t necessarily own an expensive, reusable cooler.
The cooler can hold up to 20 cans of your favorite beverage and will keep them cold for more than 12 hours. The Recool biodegradable cooler will retail for $9.99 and start shipping in April from REI exclusively.