Even though humankind has gone pale and pasty from excessive indoor living, they somehow still find joy in eating outdoors. Trees rustling, birds chirping, congealed hame and cheese on whole grain wheat, Ahhhhhh. It’s one of life’s great mysteries; there’s something about nature that makes eating more satisfying.
Of course, you’d be remiss to go outdoors without a cooler. Ever the fixture in outdoor dining, coolers keep your drinks chilled and your food safe. But even with years of outdoor living, most coolers are still made from the same insidious plastic/foam materials.
This is where the Wooly Mammoth Cooler comes in. Made by product development team Wool Street, this particular cooler is made of materials which can easily be recycled, materials like bamboo, aluminum, stainless steel, and, yes, wool:
Every part of the cooler was made with sustainability in mind. The outer shell and inner housings are made from aluminum and stainless steel, rubber gaskets make sure the cooler’s internal temperature remains constant, and the top lid and handles are fashioned out of bamboo.
But where the Wooly Mammoth gets its namesake is the sheep’s wool lining the inside of the cooler between the inner and outer housing. Both natural and completely biodegradable, the wool traps the cool air inside the cooler, making it an excellent insulator for food and drinks.
According to their prototype tests, Wool Street found wool-insulated coolers work just as well as polyurethane coolers with the same amount of material in their wall linings. With it, you can keep the contents in a temperature stasis for at least three days without worrying about them.
The cooler has a couple of other things going for it apart from its sheep-sanctioned insulation.
Remember the bamboo lid? Well, it doubles as a cutting board. What’s even cooler (yep, just did that) is when you need to get something from inside the cooler. The lid uses a tackle box-style hinge preventing anything on the cutting board from falling off.
The Wooly Mammoth can hold up to 52 quarts or, as they put it, 78 cans of beer. The handles can err… handle up to 100 pounds of pressure and double as a lock for the lid.
They even thought of a drainage solution! Once your stint in the outdoors is over, you can flush out the unwanted water through a drain on the side of the Wooly Mammoth. To make things easier, the drain can be fitted with a standard garden hose in case you want to expel the drainage someplace far.
How does it meet complete recyclability? The Wooly Mammoth Cooler can be easily disassembled using a Philipps screwdriver and a crescent wrench. While you’ll be using this to change color housings and repair individual parts during its life cycle, like all things in this world the Wooly Mammoth will eventually outlive its usefulness. Once this happens, you can easily disassemble each and every part of the cooler and dispose of them in the waste bin, scrap yard, or recycling facility.
Price and availability have not been posted yet, but all specs, measurements, and a complete list of features of this all-natural cooler can be found on The Wooly section of the Wool Street webpage.