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Major European supermarket transportation innovation


UK-based thermal insulation cover manufacturers Enviro-Pod have launched a unique internal roll cage lining which is currently being used to transport chilled goods throughout Spain for a major supermarket chain.

The new innovation is designed to fit within a roll-cage, allowing produce to be sealed at a chilled temperature for long periods, without the need for electricity or any other assistance. Having the material secured inside the cage gives it protection by reducing wear and tear and reducing the chance of produce becoming unsecured in transit.

Independent tests have proven that Chill Pod’s use of NASA’s Flectalon technology can result in a considerable reduction on fuel costs and the carbon footprint of transport companies and storage units, by maintaining temperature, without the need for an additional fuel source. By removing refrigeration from delivery vehicles, companies are also able to increase their distribution capacity, reducing the number of journeys required.

The unique insulating properties of the covers are constructed from a flat polymer sheet, coated with a thin layer of aluminium which combines conventional trapped air thermal insulation with multiple mirror finish surfaces to maintain the correct temperature of the product contained within. When tested against a competitor the unique Chill Pod design saw an increase of only 3.4 degrees over a 12 hour period, compared to 7 degrees by a leading competitor.

Chill Pod Director Valerie Bullard added “With transportation costs spiralling and legislation on corporate carbon reduction tightening, it is important that we look at innovative solutions. The flexibility and performance of the material means that the Chill Pod range of covers provides the solution the logistics industry has been waiting for. Independent tests prove that Chill Pod can lower costs and reduce the carbon footprint of any business using temperature controlled transport, at a time when an estimated 15% of energy usage in industrialised countries is devoted to refrigeration.”

Manufactured in the UK, Chill Pods can be tailor made to specific client specifications. Chill Pods are lightweight, hard wearing and water resistant and boast excellent impact and abrasion resilience.

For more information please call 01603 702374 or email info@enviro-pod.co.uk



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Small changes in the supply chain can have a big impact on reducing food waste


By Andrew Lawn - Fresh Pod and Enviro-Pod

One third of the annual global food production is lost or wasted, meaning that huge amounts of the resources used in the production of food are in vain.

According to figures released by the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology, post-harvest food waste occurs throughout the supply chain. Pest infestations, severe weather, mechanical harvesting, poor storage and stringent quality regulations can all result in dramatic losses of produce and ultimately money, even before produce reaches the consumer. Some of these factors are of course out of our hands, but in many cases, small changes at each stage of the chain can pay big dividends.

Despite us being a small country where field-to-fork is achievable, temperature, ethylene, pests and micro-organisms are all able to decimate a crop both qualitatively and quantitatively. It is vital to ensure that produce is stored correctly, and it is here that the biggest savings can be made. Temperature control has long been known to be effective at protecting food from deteriorating, while providing an environment which is hostile to micro-organisms and pests, but it is not a standalone solution – particularly when so much of the produce consumed in the country is now brought in from further afield.

Alongside refrigeration, producers need an effective ethylene control solution, to combat build-up of the gas, and to further combat moulds, bacteria and fungi. The presence of ethylene causes fruits to ripen and decay prematurely and vegetable and floral products to wilt. There is no ‘safe’ level for ethylene and controlling ethylene levels after picking will extend the life cycle of produce, allowing it to be held for a much longer period of time. While proper refrigeration and humidification slow decay, they do not prevent the production of ethylene.

Once produce reaches the consumer, wastage is of less concern to the producer, given that it is likely to lead to increased purchasing, but the environmental impact provides cause for long-term concern.

Retail stores are a big part of this problem, throwing away large quantities of food. Usually, this consists of items that are deemed to have reached their “best-before” dates. A large proportion of this food is still edible at the time of disposal. This waste is just that – waste. Some stores actively prevent access to poor or homeless people. There are others who do work with charitable organisations to distribute food but, sadly, this is not the norm.

It is clear that the mass-production culture is unsustainable, without more being done at all stages of the process to better protect and use the food we grow.

Courtesy of The Fresh Produce Journal



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Enviro-Pod Link-up with the Pod; EDF Energy's Programme for Greener Schools


Enviro-Pod are delighted to announce that we are linking up the Pod, EDF Energy's programme for greener schools.
 
The Pod, EDF Energy's programme for greener schools is an online educational programme for teachers of 4 to 14 year olds. The Pod has free lesson plans, fact sheets, games and activities that are linked to the curriculum and span a range of environmental topics. The Pod also runs three national environmental campaigns each year to help the whole school, parents and the local community engage in a more sustainable lifestyle. 
 
As part of the link-up Enviro-Pod are able to offer all registered schools 10% OFF the entire Enviro-Pod range.
 
Over 14,500 schools are already registered with the Pod, to find out more or to register visit www.jointhepod.org





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Enviro-Pod Solve Eternal Christmas Dilemma & Offer 10% Off Entire Range


 Enviro-Pod have solved that eternal dilemma of what to buy the person who has everything - with a range of sustainable, unqiue and innovative gift ideas, which will even save the lucky recipient money.

To prove that environmental responsibility needn't cost the earth this Christmas, Enviro-Pod are delighted to be able to offer their full-range of products, with a massive 10% off their entire range. This fantastic offer, is applicable all through the run-up to Christmas, allowing you to shop for unique, thoughtful gifts, from the comfort of your own home, whilst making fantastic savings.

The offer includes the ever-popular Fresh Pod, which would save the average UK household over £400 every year, by making their fresh produce last up to four times, longer and will help stop families across the country cut back on the amount of food they have to throw away untouched at this time of year.

With so much food being purchased at this time of year, the problem of storing it safely rears its ugly head. Luckily Chill Pod has the solution with a range of bags which comfortably outperformed all similar bags in the marketplace. Independent tests by the University of Bristol proved that Chill Pod can keep chilled produce at a safe temperature for up to 8 hours, without the need of electricity, meaning that Chill Pod can be ideal temporary storage for all those festive goodies this December.

Alongside Fresh Pod is a literal lifesaver - Cosy Pod. At a time of year when we are all feeling the effects of increased fuel prices to heat our homes, Cosy Pod can help keep our loved-ones warm this winter. This is not just another thermal blanket; such are the insulating properties of Cosy Pod, the stylish blankets are used by Mountain Search and Rescue teams and a North Sea diving company.

In fact there is something for everybody this Christmas with the offer extended to cover Fish Pod, K-9 Pod and Horse Pod.



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Businesses Told How to Lower Costs Alongside their Carbon Footprint


 Business leaders on the A11 have been given advice on how to lower their costs, by reducing their carbon footprint, ahead of a winter of unprecedented fuel price hikes.

Laura Chellis told members of the Attleborough and Snetterton breakfast forum that the Low Carbon Innovation fund is looking for businesses to get involved with. The fund will run until December 2015 and has already match-funded projects up to £2.3million.

The importance of lowering fuel costs and carbon footprints over the winter was emphasised by Guy Ransom of local heat pump company Finn Geotherm, noting oil prices have risen 20% every year for the last five years. At a similar rate by 2020 a business paying £2,000 for a year’s heating now will be paying over £10,000 a year. New technologies such as heat pumps will help businesses lower that cost and could be eligible for match-funding to help cover the initial outlay.

Ali Clabburn from Liftshare.com updated members on the large increase in numbers of available car-sharing opportunities in the region, whilst John Dingle from Dingles Motor-Group spoke about the advances in hybrid vehicle technology.

Finally, Valerie Bullard urged businesses to monitor the amount of untouched food they throw away. 4.3 million apples and 5.1 million potatoes are thrown away in the UK, every single day. Nearly 60% of the fruit and vegetables we buy goes into the bin untouched. Innovative natural product Fresh Pod can prevent this by naturally prolonging their life and in-turn will save the average UK household over £600 per year.

For more information on how your business can lower your costs and your carbon footprint, contact Jodie McGill on 08456 345 185.



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