This project aims to develop the Eco-fish Box - a biobased foam thermal insulation packaging as a pioneering approach to local delivery and e-commerce supply of chilled fish and seafood.
Sustainable packaging and reducing carbon emissions are key agendas for the fish and seafood industry. Continued use of Expanded Polystyrene Foam boxes and other plastics packaging for e-commerce home delivery of chilled food creates a waste of valuable non-renewable fossil resource, on account of lack of recycling infrastructure, and generates carbon emissions from incineration. A circular economy for packaging offers wide-ranging benefits, particularly with regard to keeping resources in closed loops and reducing carbon emissions. Through the design and development of Eco-fish Box biobased foam packaging, we aim to shift the perception within the e-commerce chilled fish and seafood industry that the use of renewable biobased foam materials can offer a realistic and viable alternative to Expanded Polystyrene Foam, other conventional foamed plastics and costlier eco-innovative packaging alternatives.
The project explored e-commerce fisheries’ and consumers’ valued packaging characteristics; studied the thermal performance of packaging types and distribution chains currently used for e-commerce fish delivery. In addition, the project team co-created distinctly innovative biomaterial thermal insulation packaging propositions with novel structural design features; conducted a life cycle analysis contrasting the carbon footprint for the candidate biofoam material versus Expanded Polystyrene Foam; measured the thermal conductivities of a wide range of fish box materials and evaluated the physical properties of a compostable candidate biofoam for a fish box application. A critical objective is to maintain fish under chill conditions, so safety and quality parameters are protected. e-commerce fisheries are welcome to collaborate with Emagine Packaging and its partners in progressing development of our circular economy Eco-fish Box.
Emagine Packaging Ltd.