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Styropack is committed to ensuring that our manufacturing processes have a minimum impact on the environment. 492

All our manufacturing sites are certified to ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard.

Our design methods ensure that the minimum amount of material is used to create your packaging solution.

The manufacture of EPS packaging is a low-pollution process. Steam is used and the water is re-used many times.

Styropack has invested in some of the world’s most advanced, energy-efficient machines.

No material is wasted in the manufacturing of packaging, all rejects or off-cuts are shredded and re-used.


EPS is a uniquely resource efficient material; its closed cell structure captures air to create an incredibly lightweight, protective, insulating packaging material with a low carbon footprint.

This benefits the environment in several ways. The lightweight nature of EPS helps to reduce fuel consumption in the supply chain and, the ability to protect and insulate goods and food, helps to cut the waste of returned goods and spoiled fresh food.

EPS picnic bench

Picnic bench manufactured using recycled polystyrene


Thousands of tonnes of EPS are recycled every year in the UK. From clean computer packaging to used fish boxes – businesses are working hard to set up viable recycling schemes that enable EPS to be recycled into other useful products.

In 2011 Styropack launched a seed tray with a  25% recycled seed tray content.

EPS can be recycled into items such as coat hangers, garden furniture, disposable cameras and picture frames

For more information visit our recycling page or find out about Styropack recycling points


This not only makes it a safe packaging for food, it also means that it does not break down and leach dangerous chemical or gases into the environment.

The inert nature of EPS makes it a good material for landfill sites where it provides vital stability for sites that will eventually be reclaimed and turned into public amenity areas like parks and golf courses.


No CFCs or HCFCs are used in the manufacture of EPS.


Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is used to insulate floors, walls and roofs


EPS insulation is effective for the lifetime of a building. The energy consumed in the production of the EPS, is recovered many times by the energy saved during the use of the building.


The latest building regulations require this ’embodied energy’ to be considered when evaluating environmental performance. The total energy used to extract, process, manufacture, deliver and deconstruct the material over the life cycle of the product is analysed. Using this cradle-to-grave method, EPS performs better than many commonly used insulation materials such as stone wool, glass wool, XPS and wood fibre.