The association European Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene (Eumeps, Maaseik / Belgium; www.eumeps-packaging.eu
) has issued a statement emphasising the versatility and indispensable nature of EPS foam for packaging and medical uses, which it said has been underlined by the coronavirus crisis. The foams insulation and bacteria-resistant properties have proven themselves in transporting medicines and Covid-19 samples to laboratories as governments across Europe ramp up testing to contain the outbreak, the association added.
When you need to make sure to avoid contamination and keep things in transit cool, safe and sterile, theres no better material than EPS, said Eumeps president Paolo Garbagna. We have even seen examples of people using lightweight EPS to help improvised masks for hospital workers stay in place.
EPS is also widely used in building insulation, bicycle helmets, child car seats and swim vests. Packaging made of EPS has been a target in many countries, for example, Italys plastics tax or certain phasing out measures for EPS containers (see Plasteurope.com of 13.05.2020