The Importance of Recycling Your Styrofoam Cooler

What is Styrofoam?

“Styrofoam” is a term for an insulation product trademarked by Dow Chemical, but the term Styrofoam is casually used to identify many types of foam materials. ‘Foam #6,’ ‘expanded foam,’ ‘polystyrene foam,’ and simply ‘foam’ are alternate terms used interchangeably to identify Styrofoam-like materials. Continue reading…


Should I Purchase Cargo Insurance When Shipping Freight Internationally?

 

When shipping internationally, the freight moves through many more hands than it does when shipped nationally. The longer the trip, the greater the risk of damage. That’s why you may want to consider shipping insurance when shipping freight internationally.

Insurance is not mandatory, but damaged products can cause unexpected costs for individuals shipping packages. International carriers are held responsible for packages damaged in their care, with certain restrictions, yet the damage done to some packages has unknown origins. Continue reading…


Separate Your Glass Bottles and Aluminum Cans – What Would It Mean if Everyone on Earth Recycled?

 

The recycling rate in the United States more than doubled between 1990 and 2013 and has remained steady. Many municipalities make it easy to recycle by allowing single-stream and/or free recycling. Over 94% of the U.S. population has recycling available to it between curbside and drop-off programs.

That rate certainly can be increased. The supply of recyclables does not meet the demand for them, and recyclables easily can be shipped around the country and the world. Germany recycles 66.1% of its waste, and the average rate in the European Union was 45% (in 2015). Continue reading…


Freight Shipping Edition: What to Do When Disaster Hits at Sea

 

Freight shipping by sea is responsible for 90% of everything we buy today. This form of transportation also makes the freight shipping industry one of the biggest industries in the world.

Working in the freight shipping industry can be a great way to make a living. However, the work can be hazardous during the long voyages between the shipping and receiving ports. Continue reading…


Environmental Spill Containment Guidelines: A Deep Dive

 

Oceans, seas, and coastlines are home to some of the most amazing ecosystems and wildlife on the planet. They also provide shipping routes for transporting goods across the globe. These waterways can facilitate both functions; however, there are occasions when shipping can be detrimental to the environment. One such instance is in the event of an oil or chemical spill. Continue reading…


Why Warehouse Safety Is More Important Than Ever Before

 

Asian fork lift truck driver discussing checklist with foreman in warehouse

With the operation of heavy machinery, large objects, and hazardous materials, warehouses are statistically one of the most dangerous places to work. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, there were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2015, with over 75% of those injuries occurring in service-providing industries. It was also estimated that about 5 out of 100 warehouse and storage employees experienced some type of work-related injury in 2015.

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Should You Use Peanuts for Dangerous Materials?

When shipping dangerous materials by air or sea, it’s important to make sure the product is packaged properly. Improper packaging can cause leaking, which can pose a health concern. That’s why government agencies such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have guidelines in place to protect not only the people who handle the product but the actual product as well. It’s imperative that the product arrives at its intended destination in the same condition that it was in when it left. Continue reading…


Intent for Labels and Placards on a Storage Container

When shipping hazardous materials, it’s important to meet the government regulations. For example, you are required to use appropriate labels and placards on the shipping container. You may also see these visuals on storage containers in a warehouse or factory. But why are they used and what do they mean? Continue reading…


Can Shipping Materials Prevent Leaks?

When shipping hazardous items, you not only have to worry about meeting all the strict shipping requirements, but you also need to be concerned about leaks. A leak inside a ship or plane – or even inside the package itself – is a safety concern. Flammable items can cause explosions that can lead to serious injuries or even death. Because of this, making sure that the materials stay inside their shipping container throughout the duration of the shipment is of utmost importance. Continue reading…