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Despite Packaging Bans, Demand for Expanded Polystyrene Is Growing

By August 10, 2023Media1 min read

Article by Plastics Today Norbert Sparrow | Jun 11, 2023

Yes, bans on the use of expanded polystyrene (EPS) in food and other packaging are proliferating — most recently in Los Angeles, San Diego, and the state of Oregon — but the material is far from moribund. In fact, foamed EPS is in great demand for home insulation — it currently accounts for almost half of insulation applications and demand is expected to grow 3.3% per year and reach 4.8 million metric tons in volume by 2026, according to a new study from the Freedonia Group.

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