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EPS & The Environment

During its lifetime as an insulation product EPS saves considerably more energy than is consumed during its production and use.

Expanded polystyrene as an efficient and effective thermal insulation material can play its part in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and make a very positive contribution to the alleviation of global warming. The consumption of fossil fuels for both domestic and industrial heating is a significant contributor to the global output of carbon dioxide.

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is a versatile material that is used in a variety of applications, including packaging, insulation, and construction. EPS can help the environment in a number of ways:

  • Insulation: EPS is an excellent insulator, and its use in buildings and construction can contribute to energy efficiency. By providing effective insulation, EPS reduces the need for heating or cooling, thereby decreasing energy consumption and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Lightweight packaging: EPS is widely used in packaging materials due to its lightweight nature and ability to protect fragile items during transportation. Its lightweight properties can help reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions during shipping, compared to heavier packaging alternatives.
  • Food preservation: EPS is commonly used in food packaging, such as trays for meat and produce. It provides a protective barrier, preventing spoilage and reducing food waste. By extending the shelf life of food products, EPS packaging can help minimize the environmental impact associated with food waste.
  • Recycling: EPS is 100% recyclable and can be repeatedly re-processed into new products, reducing the demand for virgin materials and conserving resources. Recycling EPS also helps divert it from landfill, where it can persist for many years.

Did You Know?

EPS is 98% air making it one of the lightest materials available for both packaging and building/construction applications.

Life Cycle Analysis Supports EPS Packaging

The Life cycle assessment (LCA) of EPS, or expanded polystyrene, has shown a number of benefits when it comes to packaging.

Comparisons of life-cycle impact of the uses of three different packaging materials shows that EPS compares favorably with polypropylene (PP) & cardboard packaging because of its energy-efficient production & light weight.