Sustainability

Growing New Ideas

The EPS industry is committed to sustainability through innovation. Our industry demonstrates this dedication through lean manufacturing processes, a cprehensive recycling system and by harnessing new technologies to conserve raw materials and reduce waste. The EPS industry is continuously seeking to further market applications, reduce impacts and raise performance. We go above and beyond in our efforts to be good stewards of the environment and create solution-oriented products.

Proving What We Say

EPS products have been the subject of extensive research and evaluation over a 50-plus year lifespan. Encompassing a multitude of applications, the EPS industry stands behind its product with real-world test results. Research data from academia as well as third party testing laboratories such as Oak Ridge National Laboraties, National Research Council of Canada, National Association of Homebuilders Research Center and the International Safe Transit Association lends confidence to specifiers, architects and packaging engineers.  


Sustainable Leadership

  • EPS-IA strictly adheres to and promotes the use of the FTC "Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims", commonly known as "Green Guides". The Green Guides were developed to ensure that their environmental marketing claims don’t mislead consumers.
  • The EPS industry fosters ongoing development of new and innovative recycling technologies that will promote further EPS recycling growth. These include recycled content resin and unique volume reduction technologies.

Members

  • Through ISO 14000 certification our industry strives to move beyond what we are required to do — to focus on what we are capable of doing.
  • Many of our members manufacture insulation that qualifies as an Energy Star Partner®
  • By recycling their plant scrap and incorporating it into recycled-content products our members helped recycle more than 56 million pounds of EPS in 2012. 

Building & Construction

  • The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System™ is the internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Most EPS building products can contribute toward one or more credits in various LEED® categories.
  • EPS insulation provide stable R-value delivering long-term, reliable energy efficiency for the life of the application

Packaging

  • EPS transport packaging meets five of the eight criteria of a sustainable packaging as defined by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition
  •  In 1992, the EPS industry established an internal recycling program that allows us to reintroduce post-consumer EPS into the manufacturing process to make new, recycled content packaging and durable goods such as plastics lumber, planters and picture frames.
  • The 2013 EPS Recycling Rate Report shows the EPS industry achieved a recycling rate of 34% – we maintain one of the highest recycling rates among all the plastics family. 

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is a product that provides smart solutions and durable, efficient results. Equally important, EPS is a sustainable product that is recyclable and environmentally sound. The lifecycle of EPS has been studied, documented and proven to leave a smaller footprint on our planet than comparable materials. It is a smart option for packaging, building, insulating and protecting, and a responsible choice for the environment.

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