The Facts about EPS and Other Recyclable Foams
An Environmental Test:
Which material is less harmful to the environment, EPS Foam or Cardboard?
The answer may surprise you: EPS Foam
A comparative study has been conducted by BASF to demystify this issue. Five main conclusions emerged:
1. EPS requires six times less energy than to produce cardboard.
2. Critical air volume shows lower total air pollution for EPS.
3. 20 times more EPS than cardboard would have to be manufactured to reach the same water pollution level.
4. Lower EPS’s global warming potential (GWP) than cardboard.
5. Waste volume of EPS is higher than cardboard; however recycling technologies are quickly bringing these numbers down.
To describe the environmental impact of packaging materials as accurately as possible, the study used the life cycle balance model. The effects on environment have been assessed using the following five parameters:
Critical air volume
Critical water volume
Potential for atmosphere global warming (GWP value)
Although this study indicates that EPS Foam is a superior choice over cardboard, cardboard with EPS Foam is the most logical choice for shipping product. Contact us for more information on the advantages of packaging with EPS Foam!