Amazon Fresh in Singapore is maintaining the freshness of deliveries of frozen and chilled food products by moving to recyclable frozen water bottles instead of using more traditional unrecyclable gel packs. The water bottles will be used on products such as meat, seafood and ice cream. The bottles have been extensively tested in order to find the correct solution for Singapore’s hot and humid environment, and they proved to give the same cooling effect as the original gel packs. The bottles contain drinking water, or the water can also be used for cooking or watering plants. After use, the bottles can be recycled like any other PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottle in the country’s blue recycling bins. The initiative is part of Amazon’s ambitions of building a sustainable business for their customers, employees and communities, the goal being net-zero carbon shipping.
More info in The Innovation Zone.