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EPS Packaging in Retail

For over three decades, Polyfoam has been at the forefront of the retail industry, offering custom moulded packaging solutions that set the standard for protective packaging. Our EPS boxes, which are 100% recyclable, are known for their exceptional shock absorption, affordability, and lightweight design, significantly reduce transport costs while ensuring products are transported safely. As the ultimate insulator and protector against breakage, Polyfoam’s EPS packaging is tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients, ensuring their products are safeguarded in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. This commitment to customisation and unparalleled protection makes our EPS boxes the definitive choice for retailers seeking reliable and innovative protective packaging solutions.

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End-of-Life Solutions for EPS Packaging

Polyfoam is not only dedicated to delivering superior protective packaging solutions but is also committed to sustainable practices, particularly in the management of end-of-life EPS packaging. As a proud partner of StyroCycle, we provide a drop-off service across all of our Polyfoam sites, that allows communities to participate actively in the recycling of clean polystyrene packaging waste. This initiative underscores our commitment to the environment and the circular economy, enabling us to repurpose recycled EPS into new, high-quality protective packaging for delicate and fragile products. By engaging in this recycling loop, Polyfoam ensures that our custom moulded packaging not only meets the highest standards of protection and efficiency but also contributes to reducing environmental impact, demonstrating our dedication to sustainability and responsible manufacturing practices.

“At the moment, there is no viable alternative to EPS available in Australia for businesses with heavy products (heavier than 45kg) like white goods, nor is there a solution for precision instruments, for example.” The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO)

Case Study: The Electrolux Group

Discover how Electrolux tackled the challenge of sustainable packaging for large appliances, navigating the complexities of environmental impact and product protection, and the role that expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging played in this quest.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Packaging FAQs

Is expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging recyclable?

Yes, clean expanded polystyrene packaging is 100% recyclable. It can be repeatedly recycled back into new products, making it a sustainable choice for businesses and consumers alike. This recycling process reduces the need for new raw materials, conserves energy, and decreases pollution, contributing to environmental conservation.

How does Polyfoam support recycling and end-of-life solutions for EPS packaging?

Polyfoam is committed to sustainability and offers end-of-life solutions to all its customers. We encourage discussions on the various ways in which we can take back our products and give them a new life. Our take-back programs are designed to ensure that EPS packaging is collected and recycled efficiently, minimizing waste and maximizing the potential for reuse in new products.

Is expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging banned in Australia?

No. Not all polystyrene packaging is banned in Australia.The National Plastics Plan by the Australian Government has phased out expanded polystyrene (EPS) in certain (single use food & beverage containers and loose fill such as packaging peanuts). However, there are specific exemptions where EPS use is still permitted. These exemptions include EPS for business-to-business packaging, such as fresh produce boxes, specialist medical applications, building and construction, and business-to-consumer packaging with an effective reuse model. Additionally, for businesses with heavy products or those requiring precision packaging, EPS remains an indispensable solution as there is currently no viable alternative.

Are there any viable alternatives to EPS for heavy or precision products in Australia?

No, there is no viable alternative to EPS available in Australia for businesses with heavy products (heavier than 45kg) like white goods, nor for precision instruments. EPS offers unmatched protective qualities, lightweight, and cost-effectiveness, making it the preferred choice for ensuring the safe transport and storage of these items.

How does polystyrene packaging protect against breakage?

Polystyrene packaging is specifically designed to absorb shocks and protect contents from damage during transport and handling. Its unique structure provides excellent cushioning and insulation, safeguarding against breakage, temperature fluctuations, and moisture. This makes EPS an ideal packaging solution for fragile items, electronic goods, and temperature-sensitive products, ensuring they reach their destination in perfect condition.

Can EPS packaging be part of a sustainable packaging strategy?

Absolutely. When integrated into a well-planned recycling and waste management strategy, EPS packaging can be a sustainable option. Its recyclability, coupled with initiatives like Polyfoam’s take-back programs, means that EPS can be reused and repurposed, reducing its environmental impact. By choosing EPS and participating in recycling efforts, businesses and consumers can contribute to a circular economy where materials are kept in use for as long as possible.