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Biodegradable Recyclable Environmentally Friendly Expanded Polystyrene
- Jan 02, 2019 -

Founded in 1958, Plastilite Corp (Omaha, Nebraska, USA) quickly expanded into commercial packaging applications from products such as picnic cooling packaging and small fish barrels for the retail market. The resulting product is naturally suitable for the emerging mail-order food industry. Since then, millions of steaks, hams, turkeys and desserts have been delivered to consumers through the company's robust EPS foam shipping cooling package.


Recently, Integritemp, a division of Plastilite, announced the launch of the patent-pending ReFoam, an environmentally friendly expanded polystyrene (EPS) product that can be thermally degraded and recycled. Jon Ehly, president and CEO of the company, said: "In the past few years, we have been using ReFoam as a development model to create a material that allows our customers to experience all the common benefits of EPS while at the end of the life cycle. Environmentally friendly recycling. This is really the best of both worlds.” After laboratory testing, under dry storage conditions, the foam can be stored on the shelf for several years and is still recyclable. At the same time, materials disposed of or discharged into the bioactive landfill will be transported to the optimum environment for the oxidative-biodegradation process. ”


The product will be available in the first quarter of 2019 and will undergo oxidative-biodegradation in sunlight and moisture. The EPS is mixed with additives to catalyze the degradation of the foam under various conditions.


ReFoam will be able to replace traditional EPS in many products, such as foam insulated transport cooling packaging, protective packaging and a variety of retail and consumer packaging. For those customers who have always demanded cost-effective environmentally friendly packaging, ReFoam will be a popular solution.


While recycling is still encouraged as the preferred method of EPS treatment, the company says that when recycling is not possible locally, ReFoam is a unique packaging material that reduces the environmental impact of disposable foam packaging.