Igloo Recool Compostable Cooler
Igloo sees Mother Earth foamin' at the mouth from all the single-use polystyrene coolers we've shoved down her throat over the years. They've created the Recool, a compostable cooler made from recycled paper pulp, as an equally lightweight and easy replacement for the foam coolers that refuse to go away even after they're thrown away.
Recool coolers are 100% biodegradable. Their paper frame is coated with another natural component, AKD, that waxes and binds the paper pulp to stabilize and make it waterproof. Igloo says the combination allows a Recool to keep ice frozen for up to 12 hours, and hold water for up to 5 days before the cooler starts breaking down. While termed "one-use" you can reuse the Recool if you empty it out and let it air dry after your day at the beach or tailgate.
The Recool cooler weighs just 8 ounces. Eight ounces. It can hold up to 75 pounds of ice and drinks. The body has molded-in side handles and the lid 4 x molded-in cup holders.
For the enviro-conscious, and the cleanup averse, planning Father's Day BBQs or summer parties, I'd recommend pairing up a few Igloo Recools with these sweet compostable plates made of palm leaf. I haven't tried the cooler yet, but the plates are big and sturdy enough to pile on the meats and potato salad, and make doing the dishes once your guests leave significantly less painful.