EPS and the Environment

1. Only 0.2% of European crude oil consumption goes toward producing polystyrene. Using polystyrene instead of non-plastic materials saves more oil than the quantity required to manufacture it.

2. 40% - 50% of goods are packed with plastics, but this is only 10% of the total weight of all types of packaging.

3. EPS can be recycled up to 20 times without any degradation of its physical properties.

4. For meat packaging, the weight of EPS is only a third of the weight of moulded cardboard.


Source: PACKSCOPE NO.30. February 2007