What is EPS
EPS is Expanded Polystyrene Styrofoam, polystyrene foam, commonly known as the “bubble” or “styrofoam” which is a kind of plastic.By heated with steam ,the polystyrene enlarges to a block shape by mould ,which contains air of 95-98% and polystyrene and 2% air ,the volumn is incresed by 50 times.
EPS is special material which has many useful properties.
EPS can be used as an insulator against heat and the cold, which is good at absorbing shocks and protecting delicate items, for example Fast food box, hot drink cup and part of a cycle crash helmet, etc.
These and other properties have led packaging technologists to specify EPS as the first choice material for packaging many products.
EPS is Protective
The outstanding compression resistance and shock absorbency provides its excellent protection properties.
EPS is Lightweight
EPS is made up of 98% air, making it a very lightweight material, its use for packaging does not significantly add to the weight of the total product. This in turn means that fuel consumption is improved and fuel emissions are lower than with heavier materials. The reduction in emissions means less impact on global warming.
EPS is Durable
The exceptional durability of EPS makes it an effective and reliable protective packaging for a wide range of goods. There is no loss of strength in damp conditions, making EPS ideal for cool-chain products. The material is moisture resistant, so the highest hygiene requirements are met. EPS is also odourless and non-toxic.
EPS is Insulating
The thermal insulation properties of EPS help keep food fresh through the distribution chain. It is widely used to package fresh fish and for seed trays where it assists in the growth of the plants. It is also used by the pharmaceutical industry to package items that are temperature sensitive and that need to be transported around the world.
EPS is Versatile
EPS can be moulded into any shape or form to meet a product’s protection and insulation needs. Small amounts of EPS can be used as corners for heavy items or a valuable product may be completed encased in EPS to provide maximum protection.
EPS is recyclable
EPS products can be found everywhere due to these properties, used EPS products are available in large quantities and are extremely cheap. With a bit of clever recycling, you can get a lot out of recycling used EPS products : shred the EPS products into other higher grade products.