The Latest Buzz About EPS

There has been plenty of buzz about expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam lately. This week, our Plymouth Foam (PF) team wanted to take a moment to share some of the highlights with our followers!   

COVID-19 Vaccine Shippers

The EPS-IA Industry Alliance has recently received national attention for the active role EPS has played in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. Former U.S. House Speaker, John Boehner, retweeted EPS-IA’s COVID packaging infographic.   

Read more from PF: The Vaccine That May Save Your Life, Delivered By EPS, EPS COVID-19 Vaccine Shippers

Celebrating EPS 

Everyone loves a little fun, right? Check out this catchy tune. While we do not refer to our Airpop EPS as styrofoam, it is a cute song. Country music singer, Ashley McBryde, sang the song, and you can listen to it here. Enjoy!

“In 1941, a physicist named Ray McEntire

Rediscovered a method first discovered by Carl Munters

An inventor from Sweden, you knew that, right?

Yeah, I looked it up

Anyway, ol’ Ray found a way to make large quantities

Of extruded polystyrene in a closed-cell foam form

That was resistant to moisture

But you and I know it as styrofoam…”

In Other News

A recent article by The Home Depot, “Circular Economy: Transforming Trash Into Treasure,”  talks about the company’s efforts to become more sustainable. Lindsey Tornello, Sustainability and Recycle Initiatives Manager, discussed The Home Depot’s journey to reuse EPS foam from appliance packaging and turn it into a product that can be resold.

The Home Depot saw an opportunity “to take EPS foam from appliance packaging, pressure compact it into blocks, and sell it to companies that make insulation and other products.” Their “pilot program prevented an average of 49,000 tons of polystyrene from going into landfills in 2019.” This is a great example of a positive, sustainable initiative to recycle and reuse EPS. 

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