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Ice Pack Donation
updated: Jul 11, 2014, 3:01 PM

We've been getting a weekly grocery delivery service and I"m wondering if anyone knows of a local charity that might want the ice packs?

 COMMENT 534792 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 03:05 PM

Who delivers groceries for you?


 COMMENT 534793 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 03:08 PM

Yes, do tell, I'd like mine delivered as well.


 COMMENT 534794 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 03:10 PM

Try asking the grocery delivery company. I'm sure you aren't the first person to wonder what to do with them. At the very least maybe they'll take them back and re-use them so they don't just get thrown away.


 COMMENT 534795 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 03:10 PM

Perhaps Veggie Rescue could use them.


 COMMENT 534801P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 03:29 PM

Weekly grocery delivery? Here in SB/Goleta area? Who delivers?


 COMMENT 534806 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 03:34 PM

The Unity Shoppe downtown! They're really a phenomenal charity.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 03:49 PM

Doesn't Gelsons deliever? I heard they might..


 COMMENT 534813P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 03:57 PM

OP here - It's blueapron.com - they deliver the ingredients needed and recipes for 3 meals. It's a lot of excess packaging, but most of it can be recycled or is biodegradable. The gel ice packs are not however, and they're suggestion for recycling them is to, because they are "non-toxic", let them melt, cut them open, pour the contents into another plastic bag and dispose, and recycle the plastic they were originally in. That seems so completely ridiculous to me. It's a lot of ice packs, about 12 a week. I certainly didn't need any more and definitely not an extra dozen EVERY WEEK!


 COMMENT 534814P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 03:58 PM

OP here. Their, not they're. Sorry.


 COMMENT 534818P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 04:01 PM

Are the ice packs reusable?


 COMMENT 534819P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 04:02 PM

In that, could the ice packs be used for injuries? Thinking local sports teams here.


 COMMENT 534822 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 04:09 PM

Yes I just bought 2 of those this week at CVS for $9. Donate to the girls & boys club and other local sports teams!


 COMMENT 534823 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 04:10 PM

Food From The Heart may want them.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 07:15 PM

Can't the delivery place take them back and reuse? Maybe the SB Foodbank could use them. We get vegetables weekly from Carp Organics Produce Delivery; a big box full of fresh veggies, box picked up on the next delivery, no waste or fuss. We are emailed a recipe that includes the vegetables we got.


 COMMENT 534862P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 10:19 PM

Oh yeah! Call Visiting Nurses and Hospice Care 965-5555 and see if the Loan Closet will take them. Ask your sports-inclined or elder neighbors, friends and acquaintances. Please also check with Arthritis Foundation 563-4685. Another food provider seems the best choice. I wonder what hygienic issues will overrule all these suggestions.
Sports teams are of course another great idea.
In order to get them into the hands of those who really need them, you could post them for free on Craigslist or here. You'll have many to share.
(Board went down a few minutes around 5, rather than the normal 6 p.m., for me, today. Was up at 6 p.m. yesterday though, good job!)


 LEAHKING agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 07:04 AM

op, i could use a few for my severe rheumatoid arthritis, go through a lot of gel packs over the years. how do we connect?

thanks. i could probably pass some on to other folks who i do water aerobics with at the rehab center pool, very good for people with mobility issues or injuries.


 COMMENT 534903 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 09:02 AM

Could you give them back to the grocery delivery service for reuse?


 COMMENT 534937P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 11:22 AM

OP here, thanks for the suggestions and phone numbers everyone, I really appreciate the brain-storming.

These gel-packs get hard when frozen, they don't stay malleable. That might make them less desirable to those who want to use them for therapeutic purposes. If anyone would like some, please feel free to drop me an email at rlmcdon AT cox DOT net and we'll figure out how to connect.

To those that suggested giving them back to the delivery service: how I wish it was that easy! Everything is shipped and the cost of shipping them back wouldn't make it worth-while for anyone.


 COMMENT 535151 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-13 09:28 AM

We're in a drought so m?aybe people camping could use them instead of ice cubes. So maybe giving them to local campsites to give to people. They could freeze them at the camp store and hand them Out for free instead of using ice cubes


 COMMENT 535214 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-13 01:35 PM

I applaud the OPs desire to do the right thing. The problem is not how to recycle, it is that they are being used in the first place and cant be effectively reused(health dept). Express your concerns to the delivery service and vote with your feet. REDUCE, reuse, then recycle when the other options aren't available. Seems that its too easy to compromise principles for the sake of personal convenience.



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