The average thermal conductivity of EPS is 0.038 W/mK at 15g/l density.
EPS offers totally reliable insulation because its strength and insulation properties are unaffected by wet or damp conditions and it does not become brittle in low temperatures.
Leading food companies use EPS boxes to keep fish fresh and safe for consumption, to deliver food over the Internet and to package other perishable items.
Drug companies select EPS to package pharmaceutical products that require a secure cold chain during transit. Its hygienic appearance, protective abilities and lightweight character also recommend the material to this sector.
EPS can safely be used in conjunction with ice or other coolant devices to extend the time period in which it can maintain low temperatures. In this context EPS packaging can be tested in special chambers designed to mimic temperature changes over several days, allowing for temperature drops at night. In this way, any design alterations that are required, can be made to ensure that temperature sensitive items such as vaccines or live medicines arrive in a condition that is safe to use.