The Sustainability of Isolite Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)

The Sustainability of Isolite Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)

When it comes to choosing a sustainable material in building or packaging, you can’t go wrong with expanded polystyrene (EPS). Known for its outstanding physical, chemical and insulating properties, EPS is also a sustainable environmental choice.

When evaluating the environmental aspects of a material or system, you have to take into account its performance, the environmental impact during its lifecycle and the end-of-life options, including recycling opportunities.

EPS meets all the above criteria, whether you apply it for building insulation, lightweight filling, cushioning and packaging.

Renewable and Recyclable Material

Recycled EPS can be used for a variety of applications from sustainable foam packaging to innovative green building products. A popular application is recycled-content packaging that benefits from the same superior protection, insulation and performance.

Unlike other alternatives, the EPS material can be fully recycled into a product of equal value or up-cycled into a product of higher value. At Isowall, for example, we recycle scraps of Isolite EPS cut sheets and our Hebcooler EPS cups and tubs range, to produce Isowood Skirting Boards and Dado Rails.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) manufactured by the Isowall Group is fast becoming recognized as the insulation material of choice by specifiers of “Bills of Quantities”. This comes largely as a result of our technical knowledge backed up by years of experience in the building and construction industry.

Clean Production Technology

Manufacturing and recycling EPS is often less energy intensive than other industry choices such as corrugated cardboard, paper or wood. Innovative manufacturing technologies ensure that EPS production minimises energy and water consumption and emissions.

EPS is chemically inert and non-toxic, which is conducive to environmentally-friendly manufacturing and recycling best practices. Made of 98% air, EPS does not contain harmful chemicals that off-gas or leach during its use or disposal.

Sustainable Business Practices

Isowall has received the highest ISO 9001:2015 and ISO:14001 certifications to show its continued commitment to sustainable practices.

Isowall produces the Isolite EPS range of blocks, cut sheets, cups and moulded products, including packaging that is safe and sustainable. Click here to find out more about our certifications.

The Isowall Group has been manufacturing and distributing Isolite Block Moulded EPS since 1985, and Isolite Shape Moulded EPS since 1992. Isolite EPS products are used primarily for insulation, lightweight fillers, packaging and semi-rigid cushioning. 


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