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ShockWatch Temperature Indicators – An Important Tool in Waste Prevention

The population of the world grows larger day by day. With more mouths to feed and people to care for, the issue of waste prevention has become a hot topic of conversation. Whether it’s the food industry looking at ways to reduce food waste, or the medical industry exploring new storage methods to prevent wastage of life-saving blood; we all have a role to play in solving these world issues.


The Need for Waste Prevention

Every year around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted throughout the world. The overwhelming reason for this is due to improper handling or lack of care, leading quality food to spoil and end up discarded, incinerated or dumped in landfill. We’re sure you’d agree that this is quite simply not good enough, and as citizens of the world we can all play a part in reducing food waste.

No matter the industry, there are many reasons why waste should be prevented where possible. These reasons include but are not limited to the following:

  • Blood is a precious resource with the potential to save lives, care must be taken to prevent waste
  • Reduced environmental impacts from disposal practices (e.g. greenhouse gases from incineration, transportation etc.)
  • To make operations more sanitary and limit public exposure to biohazards
  • To create a happier, healthier future for both current and future generations
  • Reducing waste helps businesses grow and become more sustainable


The First Line of Defence – Temperature Indicators for Perishable Products

When dealing with perishable products such as food or blood, temperature monitoring is of critical importance. By monitoring temperatures throughout the cooking, storage and delivery phases, businesses can significantly reduce waste and identify compromised stock early in the process.

ShockWatch temperature indicators can help you monitor cold and heat sensitivity. They are highly accurate, highly visible and easy to read. As single-use indicators, they are a cost-effective solution in the fight against waste and a worthwhile addition to your shipments.

Our temperature indicators are compliant with current regulations for shipments including:

  • Blood Bags
  • Seafood Shipments
  • Food Shipments

Temperature indicators will help to identify any mishaps throughout your supply chain which necessitate product wastage. Strategies can then be put in place to limit the chance of recurrence, helping to reduce expenditure, maintain good customer relations and cut down on waste.


Play a Role in Reducing Waste

Whilst there is no easy solution to the global waste problem, we can all take steps to minimise our impact. If you are involved in food logistics, blood delivery or other temperature-sensitive supply chain endeavours, we would love to hear from you.

Get in touch with us if you need help building a more sustainable, waste-free business.