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When evaluating the environmental aspects of a packaging material or system, it is necessary to take into account the package performance, environmental impact during its lifecycle and end-of-life options.  Expanded polystyrene (EPS) transport packaging is smart, safe and sustainable. With Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) cushioning you can achieve less weight and lower damage rates which translate into positive systainability factors across the board.  Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) can be same-recycled into a product of equal value or up-cycled into a product of higher value.  And Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is often less energy intensive than alternative choices.

Based on the Sustainable Packaging Coalition definitions for sustainable packaging, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) demonstrates favorable environmental performance in most aspects, making it a worthy consideration for product shipments that require superior protection.

Safe & Healthy Throughout Its Life Cycle

  •  Made of 98% air, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is an inert material without harmful chemicals that off-gas or leach during its use or disposal.
  •  Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is widely recognized as a safe choice for use in food contact packaging by government regulatory agencies throughtout the world.

Meets Performance & Cost Market Criteria

  • Because of its versatility Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) offers significant savings in design and development, product assembly and distribution costs.
  • With cusromized packaging design Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) delivers exactly the right amount of product protection, its high tensile strength and cellular structure gives this lightweight product exceptional cushioning properties.

Maximizes Renewable or Recycled Source Materials
 

  • Recycled Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is used in both closed-loop and open-loop processes to make a variety of applications from recycled-content foam packaging to durable goods and innovative new  building products.
  • In 2006 more than 52% of all Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) collected for recycling was used to make recycled-content packaging.

Uses Clean Production Technologies & Best Practices
 

  • Innovations in manufacturing technologies ensure Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) production minimizes energy consumption with mold cavities that cool quickly and manufacturing processes that recycle water and recapture air emissions.
  • Many Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) manufacturers are ISO certified.

Physically Designed to Optimize Energy & Materials

  • Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) feedstock is converted into a finished product 32 times its original volume-virtually turning air into a strong and efficient packaging material.
  • If all Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) packaging were replaced with corrugated cardboard, paper, wood, molded fiber, etc., compared with current figures raw material requirements would rise to 560%, power consumption to 215% and the landfill volume to 150%.

For more details, Visit EPSPackaging.org.


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