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The facts about the environmental impacts of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) will surprise you.


The environmental impact of the materials that we use in every human activity is of growing concern and importance. Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is a light and rigid foam that is widely used in the worldwide building and construction industry, mainly as thermal insulation sheets.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) does not and has never contained either CFCs [chlorofluorocarbons] or HCFCs [hydro chlorofluorocarbons] gasses, which diminish the ozone layer and in addition, is fully recyclable and no waste is created in its manufacture.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is an excellent example of an efficient use of natural resource; the transformation process uses very little energy. The use of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) for thermal insulation in the construction industry means significant energy savings on heating and cooling buildings and a dramatic reduction in the emission of polluting gasses. It, therefore, contributes to alleviating the greenhouse effect and acid rain.

Manufacture and use of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) do not generate any risk to health or the environment and life cycle analyses have shown that Expanded Polystyrene (Expanded Polystyrene (EPS))has far less of an impact on the environment than other competitive materials for the same use.


GWP [Global Warming Potential] and ODP [Ozone Depletion Potential]

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) always scores well in relation to the protection of the Earth’s ozone layer, as neither chlorofluorocarbons [CFCs] nor hydrochlorofluorocarbons [HCFCs] are used in its manufacture nor are this ozone depleting components emitted while burning Expanded Polystyrene (EPS).


Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) and Recycling

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is one of the few materials that can truly claim to be 100% recyclable, it can be reused in the manufacture of new Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) products, soil improvements, auxiliary compost material, added to other building materials and by fusion and granulation turned into simple products such as coat hangers and pens.

Life cycle analyses have shown that Expanded Polystyrene (Expanded Polystyrene (EPS))has far less of an impact on the environment than other competitive materials for the same use.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is 98% air. Only 2% of a typical box is material. This makes Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) a uniquely resource-efficient packaging material with a small carbon footprint.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is extremely lightweight; this helps to reduce fuel consumption when goods are transported in Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) compared to other heavier packaging materials.

The protective performance of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) helps to reduce wastage caused by goods that are broken or damaged in the supply chain. This saves resources of energy, materials, and transportation.

Thousands of tons are recycled every year in the World. As a single polymer Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is straightforward to recycle and is recycled into items such as replacement hardwood decking or garden furniture, coat hangers and disposable cameras.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is HFC, CFC and HCFC free and Pentane is used as its blowing agent. Pentane has a low Global Warming Potential* (GWP) of less than five.

Styrene, used in the manufacture of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), occurs naturally in many commonplace products including strawberries, beans, nuts, beer, wine, coffee beans, and cinnamon.

In combustion the amount of carbon monoxide and particulates are given off by Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is a small fraction of that emitted by wood or cardboard.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is inert and innocuous and provides stability in the landfill because is does not biodegrade and leach chemicals into the water system or gasses into the air that could contribute to global warming.

The computer-aided design ensures that the minimum amount of material is used to make an Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) pack that will reliably protect fragile products in transit.

The manufacturing of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)is a low pollution process. Steam is the key ingredient and the water is re-used many times. There is no waste in the process as all cutoff or rejects are re-used.

Only 0.1% of total oil consumption is used to manufacture Expanded Polystyrene (EPS).

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