LifeWear Donates Manufacturing "Seconds" to Local Fishing Industry

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The Rhode Island producer of CryoMAX cold packs donates products to local fishermen.

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CryoMAX Cold Packs by LifeWear Technologies

[N]ot only are they getting free ice packs, but they're also getting the longest lasting ice pack in the industry.

LifeWear Technologies of North Kingstown, the leading supplier of both branded and private label sports medicine products, has found a unique way to support the local fishing industry and reduce waste.

LifeWear is now taking high quality CryoMAX ice packs, that for a variety of reasons don't meet LifeWear's standards for its consumer products, and donating them to local commercial fishermen. The donation program, first proposed by Congressman Jim Langevin, diverts these ice packs from the local landfill and helps reduce costs for local seafood vendors.

The CryoMAX cold packs are manufactured at LifeWear's factory at Quonset Point and are sold throughout the country in Walmart, CVS and other national chains. Approximately 2 percent of ice packs produced do not pass LifeWear's stringent quality control standards. These "seconds" may have insufficient pressure, air bubbles, are improperly cut or have other deficiencies that make them unsuitable for consumers products. While perfectly good ice packs, these seconds were usually discarded.

"It was Congressman Langevin who proposed the idea of taking seconds and giving them to commercial fishing interests," explains LifeWear Technologies Chief Executive Officer Brad Waugh. "It's really doing us a favor by rerouting waste and keeping these ice packs out of the landfill. And for the fishermen, not only are they getting free ice packs, but they're also getting the longest lasting ice pack in the industry."

The ice packs are manufactured with food grade contents so they are suitable for shipping seafood, and tests show the CryoMAX ice pack can last up to 100 hours in a cooler. These donated ice packs can greatly reduce the costs of shipping for local fishermen. The Matunuck Oyster Bar in South Kingstown as well as Town Dock Seafood and Bluff Hill Cove Oyster Company of Narragansett have taken advantage of the free ice packs.

CryoMAX cold packs are designed to treat a variety of injuries including pains, sprains, post-surgical discomfort and burns. Rows of frozen modules makes it the longest lasting reusable ice pack on the market. The cold pack's design also makes it ideal for use in packing and shipping seafood. LifeWear Technologies line of products includes braces, wraps, slings, ankle supports and other hot and cold products available through national and local retailers. For more information visit

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