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What is EPS?

EPS or Expanded Polystyrene, is a lightweight, rigid, plastic foam produced from solid beads of polystyrene. Expansion is achieved in a steamed process to form a perfectly closed cellular structure. These cells occupy approximately 40 times the volume of the original polystyrene bead. In a next step the material is moulded into appropriate forms suited to their application. EPS is 98% air, engineered air, the plastic material encapsulating the air, harnessing its benefit as an excellent insulation and shock absorption material.
EPS is commonly used in our daily lives; as a protective packaging for electronic goods and food during transport; as insulating material in buildings; as shock absorbing material in bike helmets.
After use, EPS is 100% recyclable and can be reused for different applications several times.
Its qualities as second raw material make it one of the most usable polymer in a circular economy environment.

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