For decades the world has been very familiar with the Expandable Plastic material commonly known as Styrofoam®.
Expandable polystyrene (EPS) was developed by BASF in 1949 and has since been known by the brand name Styrofoam®. Since its development, Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) has been the foundation stone material of the expandable plastics foam industry.
EPS is a polystyrene-based particle foam with unique properties. Its light weight, strength, and very low cost are some of the main reasons that EPS is still the material of choice for protecting products during transport and many other applications as well. EPS can be processed in various densities, so is an excellent choice for a broad range of insulation and shock absorption applications.
With increased awareness of the necessity to reduce the impact of plastics on the environment, the plastics industry has made many improvements in Expandable Plastics. While maintaining the beneficial properties of EPS, made major changes have been made in the way EPS is manufactures and recycled. EPS is 100% recyclable, so now practically all manufacturers incorporate a recycle program into their production.
To reflect these changes, in 2014, European manufacturers of EPS packaging and molded parts introduced the new name AIRPOP® .