Partnerships with sustainability innovators EARTHCRATE® and ROKBOX® are part of Icon's commitment to reducing the environmental impact of shipping and storing art.
EARTHCRATE is the most environmentally friendly one-way crate available in fine art shipping. Traditional crates are built from plywood and heat-treated lumber, with interior bracing from petroleum derived foam. At the end of the crate’s usable life, it ends up in a landfill.
Each patent pending EARTHCRATE is custom designed, hand-built, and professionally packed just like a traditional plywood crate, however, entirely constructed from rigid plyboard that can be curbside-recycled at the end of its usable life. What's more, it is lighter weight and less expensive than our standard international crate, without compromising the safety of the artwork in transit. A preliminary Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) produced by a third party indicated that building an EARTHCRATE in place of a traditional wooden crate can have the impact of an approximately 90% CO2 reduction.
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ROKBOX is an award winning crate specifically designed to reduce the environmental impact, risk and cost of shipping and storing art. Instead of chopping down tree after tree to make traditional crates, and then filling them with non-recyclable foams only to dispose of them after a single use, plastic ROKBOX crates can be reused up to 100 times depending on the model and do not necessarily require any additional single-use protective packaging within. What’s more, at the end of their lifecycle, ROKBOX crates can be fully recycled. In short, using plastic means we can “reduce, reuse, recycle” and thereby minimize harm to the environment.