Insulation – The insulating properties of EPS are further enhanced by its environmentally friendly characteristics. By most methods of measurement, EPS has a positive contribution to the environment at every stage of its cycle.
Energy – From raw material production, to processing into useable products, EPS uses less energy, saves energy, has fewer emissions and creates less environmental impact on disposal, than most competing materials.
Global warming – In terms of global warming, EPS plays a positive role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Domestic and industrial consumption of fossil fuels for heating is widely recognised. EPS is produced from oil and as it comprises approximately 98% air, it consumes only a small fraction of one percent of oil use. On a volume basis, EPS production uses between one third and one half of the energy required for an equal volume of cardboard as a significant contributor to the global output of carbon dioxide. It has been estimated that the effective application of EPS insulation could cut carbon dioxide emissions by up to 50%. As the insulation performance of EPS does not deteriorate during its lifetime, this reduction in emissions lasts the lifetime of the buildings. No CFC’s- The manufacture of EPS raw material and the processing into useable products does not require the use of CFCs or HCFCs.
Environment friendly – EPS accounts for less than a tenth of one percent of the weight of municipal waste. The foam scrap improves the aeration of landfills and thus contributes to a faster degradation of the organic substances .EPS products do not degrade into harmful substances, are not water-soluble and do not give off any water-soluble substances which could lead to contamination of ground water.
Recycling – EPS can be readily recycled in several ways. Within our processing plant, internal waste can be ground and mixed in various proportions with virgin material in the production of EPS blocks and mouldings. Used EPS can be ground and mixed with soil and compost to promote aeration. Studies confirm that plant growth is enhanced with this aeration. Recycled EPS can also be mixed with plaster to provide insulated coatings, and concrete to produce lightweight blocks. Our waste material when melted becomes solid polystyrene and shrinks to its original volume. Once solidified it is reground into solid granules and used in the production of simple polystyrene products such as pens, coat hangers and cassettes.