Polystyrene is 100% recyclable and reusable.
Polystyrene is one of the most efficient insulating materials on the planet due to its low rate of thermal conductivity. It provides us with a perfect solution to ensure our frozen fruit is delivered in best possible condition.
More importantly Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) can be recycled within the UK (and around the world). Clean material can be reused in the manufacturing process of new poly boxes. Any slightly contaminated material can be compacted and turned into recycled rigid plastic products.
Did you know?
- EPS is 98% air (the most abundant resource) and only 2% polystyrene!
- EPS has an ODP Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) of zero and causes no damage to the ozone layer because no CFC’s or HCFC’s are used during the manufacturing process.
- EPS is non-toxic, inert and innocuous which means it does not leach any chemicals and is not chemically reactive. It is also completely food contact safe and fungi / bacteria cannot grow on it.
- EPS is a natural resource: made with 98% fresh air and 2% polystyrene. Polystyrene is made from Styrene, a bi-product of benzene production from crude oil refining. Styrene is also abundant in natural products, for example plants, fruit, vegetables and nuts.
- Low carbon manufacturing process: the manufacturing process uses very little energy – it only takes steam and pressure to fuse the aerated beads together and produces very little waste.
- EPS does no pose any risk to human health or the environment
Ideas of how to re-use:
- A cool box for picnic and drinks.
- Ideal to transport frozen products from the supermarket.
- Creating food hampers to send to friends at Christmas / Birthdays / Anniversaries!
- Homemade incubator for eggs.
- Bedding trays for seed germination
- Growing root vegetables in small spaces
- Break up and use in plant pots to aid draining and keep soil warm during winter (protecting the roots from the cold).