As mentioned in our Christmas 2017 blog, street-food is enjoying its time in the limelight thanks to growing demand from the consumer for innovative, globally-influenced lunch and snack options. When the consumer thinks of artisan street-food however, it’s unlikely that they associate classic white or champagne coloured EPS trays with being an eco-friendly packaging alternative for their favourite street-foods.
At kp FCP, we are on a mission to challenge the negative public perception that EPS is a non-sustainable packaging alternative. On the contrary, EPS is 100% recyclable for a start! But more on that later...
Rather than harping on about the eco-credentials of EPS to all who will listen, we realise that the best approach is to send a message via the pack’s aesthetic instead. By developing a premium, all-black EPS pack we hope that we’ll encourage the consumer to reassess EPS as a functional solution for keeping their takeaway food piping hot. Our matt-black pack is a brand-new take on the classic tray, yet it retains all the same outstanding eco credentials.
Still don’t believe us? Here are 10 little known facts about EPS. Read on, they may genuinely surprise you...
1. EPS is 100% recyclable.
2. EPS represents efficient use of natural resources. It contains 93 per cent air making it one of the lightest packaging materials on the market, with a very low carbon footprint and therefore utilises less fuel for transportation.
3. EPS is a great insulator, keeping food cold or warm depending on use.
4. As it does not biodegrade, EPS does not contaminate the air or water with gases or hydro soluble substances.
5. The manufacturing process consumes less energy and water than other packaging materials and does not generate waste.
6. EPS has a high calorific value. 1kg of EPS is equivalent to 1.3 litres of liquid fuel, making it an ideal material for energy recovery systems.
7. EPS makes up only a tiny part of Municipal Solid Waste (0.1%).
8. Fungi and bacteria cannot easily grow on EPS, helping to ensure food safety.
9. EPS packaging protects products, enhancing shelf-life and helping to reduce food waste.
10. EPS does not damage the ozone layer since it does not use CFCs or HCFCs in the manufacturing process.
The 10 points help to highlight that it’s important to understand the science-led facts relating to EPS, rather than making subjective assumptions. The greater awareness that can be raised, the more empowered we become to use EPS as the valuable and sustainable resource it is.
For more information on our innovative black EPS pack, please get in touch today to find out more.