Expanded plastics are used to make a variety of products. They also offer the opportunity to design them with ecological raw material. Yes, many products are made with recycled or biodegradable expanded plastics. Let’s look at the possibilities.
Expandable Polystyrene with Recycled Content
First, this material consists of expandable plastic beads merged with recycled plastics. Once expanded, the beads are moulded in large blocks or used for other moulded parts. Products made with it can be used for the construction of roads, bridges, overpasses and more. It can also be found in the composition of parts used as components, insulation boards, packaging, insulated containers and many more.
Biodegradable Expanded Polystyrene
Then, we offer the biodegradable expanded polystyrene, which is special since it is specially designed to decompose after 267 days when buried underground. It is very similar to regular expanded polystyrene (EPS), but it allows some industries to develop products where biodegradability is critical. This is the case for some insulated containers used in remote areas such as forests, mountains, deserts and more.
100% Recycled Expanded Polystyrene
Finally, this EPS is made of 100% recycled plastic. It is mostly used in the manufacturing process of blocks intended for hot-wiring cut packaging parts. This type of EPS can also be used as temporary protection: for example, as a separator between parts needing to be moved using a forklift.
You have several options when it comes to choosing a material for a product design. Ecological expanded plastics are an option to consider because they are efficient, versatile and durable.