The Challenge

The primary challenge was to develop a packaging solution that not only matched the thermal insulation properties of EPS but also aligned with Cytiva’s sustainability goals. The packaging needed to ensure the safe transportation of temperature-sensitive products while significantly reducing the carbon footprint and enhancing recyclability of their shipments.

- Customer Quote -

When we said we wanted to find a replacement for EPS that could be used across our global network, a lot of people thought it couldn’t be done. TemperPack has been a great partner in working with us to launch a solution meets performance standards, achieves operational efficiencies, helps us reduce our CO2 impact and reduce non-recyclable waste at our customer facilities.

- Thibault Renaud

Sustainability Supply Chain Leader

The Solution

In pursuit of this goal, Cytiva sought out TemperPack, the leading provider of sustainable materials for cold chain. The team at TemperPack introduced Cytiva to ClimaCell, a curbside recyclable thermal insulation material designed to replace EPS.

This innovative material comprises thousands of tiny air pockets, effectively trapping heat and ensuring the maintenance of a safe temperature inside the box.

The Implementation

The implementation process was thorough and phased:

Product Validation

Cytiva rigorously tested ClimaCell to ensure it met their strict product and customer requirements. The testing included:

  • ISTA (International Safe Transit Association) testing to simulate various environmental conditions.
  • Pilot shipments across various sites with temperature loggers to monitor and ensure real-time shipment viability.

Operational Optimization

Unlike EPS coolers, ClimaCell’s solution can be shipped flat, offering significant savings in storage and transportation. This feature streamlined Cytiva’s logistical processes, reducing both physical footprint and shipping costs.

Customer Outreach & Education

Recognizing the importance of customer acceptance and education, Cytiva initiated outreach programs to inform their clients about the new packaging. This included sharing data on ClimaCell’s performance, recyclability, and the positive environmental impact of the switch.

The Results

The collaboration between Cytiva and TemperPack, marked by innovation and a shared vision for sustainability, led to remarkable results:

Achieved a significant reduction in carbon footprint and waste, aligning with Cytiva's sustainability targets for 2025.

Reduces carbon emissions by 30-40% compared to EPS boxes.


Eliminate the use of approximately 60,000 polystyrene boxes annually, equivalent to around 71 shipping containers per year.

Enhanced customer satisfaction by ensuring product safety and demonstrating a commitment to environmental stewardship.

Realized operational efficiencies in storage and transportation due to ClimaCell’s flat delivery format.

Set a precedent in the biopharma industry, showcasing the feasibility and benefits of transitioning to sustainable packaging solutions.

Cytiva's journey with TemperPack, transitioning from EPS to ClimaCell, stands as a testament to what collaborative innovation can achieve in the realm of sustainable packaging.

By prioritizing environmental responsibility without compromising on quality and safety, Cytiva not only elevated its operational efficiency but also reaffirmed its commitment to a more sustainable future.