Expanded polystyrene uses a material called "styrene" that is found in small quantities in vegetables, fruits, and meats. It can be used in a broad variety of industries because they come with several advantages that other types of materials used for packaging don't have.
Expanded polystyrene is very lightweight. But despite being lightweight, it is also strong and durable. Because of the lightweight, it is ideal for use in transportation. Other transportation materials, such as wood, are more difficult to carry. Because it is durable, your products will be protected from unexpected knocks or from being dropped. It has the ability to act as a shock absorber.
Expanded polystyrene can be used in a wide range of applications because it is flexible. It can be cut into the size and shape that you need. It can be cut into whichever thickness your company needs.
This material can be used to store liquids because it has a low water absorption rate. It won't damage the product contained inside because it is not abrasive and is not corrosive. The products made using expanded polystyrene are non-toxic.
Resistance to Pests
Expanded polystyrene is not usually destroyed by pests. It is also resistant to mold and mildew which makes it ideal for medical packaging. Therefore, the material is often used when storing food products. It is a stable material that will not degrade over time.
Flammability and Chemical Resistance
It does not catch on fire easily. Therefore, it can be stored in locations where fires are potentially a problem. The material has a high thermal resistance and can be used to store hot liquids. It is also resistant to chemicals.
The material can be recycled 100%. It can even be recycled after it reaches the end of its life. It does not contain HCFCs or CFCs. It is also a cost-effective material, which is why it is so widely used. The product can be manufactured and delivered quickly giving you a short lead time and fewer disruptions.
The PIR Shortage is Not a Problem
Expanded polystyrene is not affected by the shortage of PIR because it does not require the same materials. As a result, you will be able to save money when using this product over other alternatives. This allows for industries that have relied on Expanded polystyrene heavily, such as the construction industry, to continue to use it. Contact a company like Sterling Manufacturing for more details.