Shipping with dry ice: A packaging necessity

Shipping with dry ice: A packaging necessity

As consumers, we are constantly finding new products to try, foods to sample and companies we are interested in. Online shopping is here to stay and keeping our products in perfect condition is possible with proper shipping. There is nothing more exciting than opening the door to the purchase you made last week and possibly nothing more disappointing than everything being ruined from poor packaging. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. If you are a business owner, employee or just interested in good, sustainable shipping practices, dry ice is your new best friend. No matter who you are or what you are shipping, nexAir can provide you with our expert KnowHow to help you Forge Forward. Keep reading to learn more about shipping with dry ice. 

What is dry ice?
To simply put it, dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide. It does not have a liquid state and never melts like ice, hence the term “dry”. Instead, it evaporates into carbon dioxide gas. Dry ice is a common cooling agent, theatre and Halloween prop and a super fun classroom learning experiment. What you may not know is that dry ice is a staple in the shipping industry, especially for keeping perishable items nice and fresh. 

When dry ice is used for shipping
Dry ice can be used for shipping various items and substances. Some common items that dry ice helps keep fresh during travel are: 

  • Food items
  • Vaccines
  • Medical supplies
  • Any other perishable item

Benefits of shipping with dry ice
So why should you use dry ice when shipping consumer products? Let’s take a closer look!

  • Dry ice does not soak the products and packaging due to staying in a gaseous state
  • Dry ice is more efficient/cost effective because you don’t need to use as much of it
  • It is environmentally friendly and lets off no harmful chemicals or waste
  • Dry ice is easy to obtain and readily available to businesses and companies 
  • Dry ice keeps the items cooler

Dry ice safety
Although dry ice is considered a great shipping option, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when handling it. As mentioned, dry ice is extremely cold, which is exactly what we want when keeping items fresh while being shipped. However, it can cause harm to the person who is handling it. When packing with dry ice, people need to wear proper gear such as goggles, special gloves and protective clothing. It is also important for those consistently working with dry ice to have proper training and education to ensure full safety. 

We hope our KnowHow has helped ease your mind about dry ice and convinced you to invest in one of the best products for your company. Dry ice plays a leading role in the goods and services industry and will continue to be a top choice amongst business owners. Next time you have a question about dry ice or are interested in taking the next steps, contact us at nexAir to continue to Forge Forward, together. As always, we look forward to working with you! 

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