Ashtons have commenced supplying all fridge lines in the environmentally friendly fridge boxes in place of the polystyrene boxes previously used. The replacement fridge boxes are manufactured from wood pulp, together with the insulation inserts, and are therefore biodegradable and, being a paper-based product, fully recyclable.
The coolant packs, which are used to keep the fridge box between 2°C and 8°C, are made from a low-density polyethylene (LDPE 4) pouch. The contents of the coolant pack consist of an aqueous (water-based) gel.
Ashtons will not be reusing these packs so they can be locally disposed. The contents of the pouch are benign, given the dilution of the polymer used to make the gel, are not harmful to humans and can be poured away through the normal domestic waste drainage system via a sink or sluice. The empty LDPE pouch film can then be disposed as general waste in locations where it is not possible to recycle it.
Ashtons are continually looking to improve quality and provide innovative solutions and the introduction of these recyclable fridge boxes has been well received.