Storopack makes packaging from post-consumer recycled expanded polystyrene

METZINGEN, Germany – Storopack has delivered the first protective packaging made from 100 percent rEPS (recycled expanded polystyrene) to a customer.

French medical supplies company Prevor is the first customer for the protective packaging made from 100 percent post-consumer rEPS. They chose it because it allows them to avoid secondary packaging such as cardboard or adhesive

A pilot project with a manufacturer of cleaning equipment has also started in Germany and production of the protective packaging will start shortly.

Both the recycling and the production of rEPS beads take place exclusively at Stotpacks’s locations.

Customers of a household appliances and consumer electronics retailer are able to return used EPS protective packaging once they have received their goods. This packaging will be forwarded to the company Eco2PR for further processing; finally, Storopack recycles the raw material in a patented process and uses it to produce new protective packaging.

This makes Storopack the exclusive packaging partner of the French network Réseau National des Recycleurs de Polystyrène expansé (R.N.R.P.), which has set itself the goal of creating an efficient recycling loop for expanded polystyrene (EPS) and a sustainable use of this raw material.

The raw material rEPS combines sustainability with the positive material properties of EPS: good shock absorption, light in weight, excellent insulation and superb moldability. Protective packaging made from 100 percent rEPS not only offers an improved carbon footprint, but also the same reliable protection as products in conventional EPS.

Storopack is committed to promoting circular economies around the world in order to significantly increase the recycling rate. The protective packaging specialist signed up to the Recyqualipso corporate initiative in France, which aims to find a way of recycling polystyrene yogurt pots into rEPS. Recyqualipso was launched in 2019 in France by Valorplast and Syndifrais, and with the financial and technical support of CITEO.

In 2019, Storopack made more than 30 percent of its in-house products using renewable or recycled materials – and is striving to increase this figure to more than 50 percent by 2025.