The BPF Expanded Polystyrene Group
The new name for EPS
Expanded Polystyrene is 98% air
Why use EPS?
- The closed-cell foam structure of EPS – it consists of microscopically small air bubbles – makes it the simplest and best thermal insulator compared to other packaging materials.
- EPS is a hygienic material that is fully approved for food use. It is commonly used to package fresh fish, meat, seafood and vegetables.
- Fruits and vegetables retain their Vitamin C content longer when packed in EPS.
- EPS is selected to package vaccines and human organs because of its strength and consistent performance.
- EPS provides totally reliable insulation because its strength and insulation properties are unaffected by wet or damp conditions, it is resistant to moisture and does not break apart in unfavourable conditions.
- Leading food companies choose EPS because food safety is paramount and the reliability of EPS guarantees a secure supply chain from supplier to customers’ homes.
- Outstanding shock absorption and compression resistance can be designed into an EPS package.
- A moulded EPS pack is not damaged by damp, heat or moisture and will continue to protect whatever the outside conditions.
- EPS can be moulded in different densities giving a range of protective performances.
- Wood, plastic and metal can be moulded into EPS to provide extra strength as required.
- The soft surface of EPS protects against damage caused by dust, scratching and dirt.
- EPS protects people; it is used for cycle helmets, child car seats, lifebelts, floats and to package vaccines and organs intended for transplants.
- Environment facts
- Recycling post-packaging EPS
- Recycling post-construction EPS
- Environmental performance
- BRE Green Guide
- Seafish: Alternative disposal of polystyrene fish boxes (pdf)
- Practicalities, Managing Waste & Energy Recovery
- Recycling Machinery Suppliers
- Links to companies that sell recycled plastic products
More on EPS and the environment