How Green is Polystyrene Insulation?

Polystyrene insulation or EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) as it is often called in the industry is used frequently for insulating buildings and also for ICF (Insulating Concrete Forms) and SIPS (Structural Insulation Panels). It is made up from closed-cell tough foam constituted from polystyrene beads and it provides superb insulation.

There is a lot of focus on products being environmentally –friendly in the insulation industry and EPS can definitely be described as a ‘green’ product. Polystyrene insulation offers energy efficiency, it can be recycled and its mould –resistant qualities means that it doesn’t decay.

Improving energy efficiency

Used frequently for insulating commercial and domestic properties, EPS improves a building’s energy efficiency and studies have shown that it can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition to this, EPS is 100% recyclable and its mould- resistant properties help to improve indoor environmental quality. It is also flame retardant with no dangerous CFCs or HCFCs being a problem.

Another ‘green’ factor about EPS is that it can be manufactured locally and therefore cut down on transportation costs. Labour costs and waste can also be reduced when it is manufactured on site.

Green policy

When EPS is used in ICFS or SIPS it generally has to conform to a LEED rating (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design). This is an international building certification system which measures things like energy efficiency, sustainability, water efficiency and the use of ‘green’ materials and resources.

This strict code of practice ensures that having a ‘green’ policy is at the forefront of the industry’s mind.

Vertapak are one of the leading designers and manufacturers of polystyrene beads and polystyrene balls insulation in the UK. For more information about our extensive EPS range then please get in touch.

The Features & Benefits of Expanded Polystyrene

Expanded Polystyrene or EPS as it is often called is used across a broad range of industries including the construction industry for both packaging and insulation as well as for creating stunning displays for the graphics and display industry.

EPS is a rigid cellular plastic foam material which comes from petroleum and natural gas by products. Once it is subjected to steam it can soften and expand up to 40 times its original size making it an extremely versatile product.

The features and benefits of EPS include:

–          Lightweight and easy to handle

–          Strong and durable

–          Highly flexible

–          Excellent thermal resistance

–          Low water absorption

–          Buoyant

–          Not subject to deterioration by insects and rodents

–          Low combustibility

–          Able to absorb shocks and vibrations

–          Recyclable

–          Non-abrasive and non-corrosive

–          Excellent chemical resistance

–          Offers a simple and quick packaging solution

–          Plus much more….

Because it is so lightweight, EPS is perfect for multiple drop transportation tasks and it also works as a great replacement for alternative products such as wood, fibre glass, rubber and felt.

The ideal insulation and packaging solution

EPS is made in a mould and then formed into a sheet. The length, width and thickness of the sheet normally depend on the foam density and it can be cut, shaped and profiled depending on the project.

In many ways EPS is the perfect insulation and packaging product. Its ability to take knocks and deal with most things that nature can throw at it means that it ultimately saves time and money. Items get delivered quicker, in larger volumes and safer all because of the features and benefits that EPS gives.

To find out more about expanded polystyrene and how your business could be saving money on packaging and insulation materials please contact Vertapak now and speak to one of our specialist team.

How to recycle polystyrene packaging

Polystyrene is used everywhere in packaging. From coffee cups and egg cartons to packing white goods for shipping, it’s one of the most effective and safest packaging materials out there. Because polystyrene is made up of approximately 98% air it makes a superb material for insulation and that’s why it’s used extensively in home insulation. It’s also why steaming hot coffee or tea doesn’t burn your fingers when it’s poured into a polystyrene cup!

polystyrene packagingAnother great feature of polystyrene is that it is so light. This means that although it gives great cushioning, polystyrene packaging doesn’t add a great deal of weight so it makes it a very flexible packaging material.

On the down side, polystyrene packaging can be awkward to recycle. Its lightness makes it susceptible to winds and left over polystyrene packaging can often be blown away from recycling skips and containers. Its bulkiness also makes it difficult and expensive to transport so recycling polystyrene packaging on a large industrial scale could potentially be prohibitive.

So, how can you go about recycling polystyrene packaging in an efficient and cost effective way?

The good news is that there are no harmful CFC gases in polystyrene so it makes a good material to recycle. At Vertapak we have two tried and tested methods of recycling polystyrene packaging:

We break the wasted material into beads and mix it with new beads before moulding it into blocks. We compact granulated polystyrene into blocks and then send it on to a recycling depot.

Polystyrene can be recycled into items such as picture frames, plants pots, garden furniture and much more which means that none of the material goes to waste.

We like to do our best for the environment at Vertapak and our commitment to recycling

polystyrene packaging ensures that we use our products in the most efficient way. To find out more about our range of polystyrene product and recycling methods then please do not hesitate to contact us.

The benefits of polyethylene foam packaging

Polyethylene foam packaging is used in a variety of applications such as cervical collars, insoles, exercise mats, life jackets, carpet underlay, theater sets and props to name just a few. It has a broad use across many industries including health care, automotive, sports and leisure, marine, building footwear and, of course, packaging.

Polyethylene foam is made in a mould and then formed into a sheet. The length, width and thickness of the sheet depends on the density of the foam and it can be cut, shaped and profiled depending on the job it is being used for.

The benefits of polyethylene foam are numerous and they include;

  • The ability to absorb impact and vibrationpolyethylene foam packaging
  • High buoyancy with very little water absorption
  • Strong acoustic and thermal insulation properties
  • Good resistance to adverse weather conditions
  • Good chemical resistance
  • Splash resistance to oils and fuels
  • Excellent for thermo-moulding and thermo-forming
  • A strong uniform cell structure which makes it a highly flexible material
  • More cost effective than EVA foam
  • A suitable replacement for a wide variety of materials such as rubber, felt, wood Composites and fibreglass
  • It is non-abrasive and non-corrosive
  • Extremely lightweight and flexible
  • Enables simple and quick packaging saving both time and money
  • Perfect for multiple drops and factory transit applications
  • Environmentally friendly packaging

Ideal for transporting vulnerable items

If you have vulnerable items that need to be transported then polyethylene foam packaging is the ideal choice. Its ability to take knocks, bumps, and scuffs without damaging the goods inside means that products seldom get damaged in transit. This ultimately saves time, money and leads to better customer service for your customers. Polyethylene foam packaging is also completely recyclable, making it the ‘green’ choice when it comes to packaging.

With so many benefits it’s little wonder that polyethylene foam packaging is such a widely used materials across so many industries. Available in a variety of colors, we can tailor the packaging specific to your needs so please contact Vertapak and speak to one of our team to discuss your requirements.

Protective Packaging

The Protective Packaging products available from VertaPak are highly recommended if you need to package up your products in a safe and secure, yet cost effective manner. We supply bespoke packaging, as well a ready made polystyrene sheets, polystyrene beads and expanded polystyrene packaging materials to our customers and we are more than happy to provide expert advice about our range.

The packaging materials available from VertaPak are specially designed to keep your products safe during transportation. A well-packaged product will be less likely to suffer damage from bumps and knocks in transit and unloading, and as a result there will be fewer product breakages. This leads to fewer product losses, meaning that you could save money in the long run when you put your trust in VertaPak for innovative packaging solutions that can really be relied upon.

Our bespoke packaging design and manufacturing service is the ideal solution if you have specific packaging needs, as we can provide a solution based on your own specifications. All of our packaging solutions are tailored to suit the requirements of your product and we always take into account the size, shape, weight and nature of your product to give the very best results. The bespoke service from VertaPak includes cutting, shaping and profiling raw polystyrene using CAD/CAM technology to make it exactly the right shape to envelop your product securely in protective polystyrene. We believe that our bespoke service cannot be beat, as products are kept safest when the packaging fits perfectly. Simply give us a call today to find out more and we will show you the difference!

Here at Verta Pak, we manufacture a range of polystyrene packaging products to suit your needs and we also supply insulation products too. Please feel free to take a look around our website to find out more and browse our product lines which include polystyrene beads, sheets and insulation, as well as our brilliant value packaging products which will protect your goods completely, so that they will arrive in perfect condition when they reach their destination. We can also provide further advice and even samples of our products if you are unsure what packaging or insulation materials to try. Our team will be more than happy to talk you through the different options when you contact us.

If you have any questions about your protective packaging needs, simply speak to our team of experts by calling us on 01384 457730 and we will be happy to help you with your enquiry. You can also contact us by email by filling out the enquiry form on our website and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your requirements and make some recommendations to suit your needs. VertaPak is based in the West Midlands and all of our products are manufactured right here in the UK at our factory before being delivered to our customers across the country.

Polystyrene Sheet

If you are looking for the right type of polystyrene sheet, you can rely on Verta Pak to provide you with the correct product to suit your needs as we always aim to give our customers the very best advice about our polystyrene packaging and insulation products so that they can make a good choice. Simply read on to find out more about our polystyrene sheets and the features of this great product.

Expanded polystyrene sheets

Expanded polystyrene sheets, also known as EPS, can provide great levels of insulation for all types of buildings and constructions. As these sheets are lightweight and easy to cut, they are a fantastic material to use as they are so easy to handle. Considering they are not super-thick or heavy, EPS sheets have absolutely fantastic insulation properties and are therefore a top choice in the construction industry.

Here at Verta Pak, we manufacture a range of polystyrene insulation products and we supply these direct to the trade. We believe that our insulation products can save you time and money, and will also ensure that your construction is efficiently insulated against the heat and cold. Our range of insulation products include expanded polystyrene sheet (EPS), polystyrene insulation boards and EPS beads for cavity wall insulation.

Remember that Verta Pak also manufactures polystyrene packaging products to suit your needs and as part of this we can offer polystyrene sheet for packaging your products. This useful product can be cut to size and inserted into boxes for extra security and stability when products are in transit, or you can take advantage of our made-to-measure service and have our polystyrene packaging made so that it fits your product perfectly. With this option we will take into account the size and nature of your product and then provide a bespoke solution to suit your requirements and your budget. Our service includes cutting, shaping and profiling the raw polystyrene using CAD/CAM technology, ensuring a great fit for your products by enveloping them securely in protective polystyrene.

Verta Pak is a specialist company in the field of great value packaging and polystyrene insulation materials and here at our blog, we share all the latest news about our products. Please feel free to take a look around our website to find out more and browse our product lines which include polystyrene beads, sheets and insulation, as well as our brilliant value packaging products.

If you have any questions for our team of experts, or you would like to see a sample of our products, please call us on 01384 457730 to speak to one of them and they will be happy to help you with your enquiry. You can also contact us by email by filling out the enquiry form on our website and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your requirements and answer any questions you might have about Verta Pak. Verta Pak is based in the West Midlands and our products are available for delivery throughout the UK.

Polystyrene Packaging

If you’re looking for polystyrene packaging, you have come to the right place, as Vertapak are specialists in the field of great value packaging materials. Here at our blog, we share all the latest news about our products and our company and today we are going to tell you more about our polystyrene products, which include polystyrene beads and insulation, as well as our brilliant value packaging products.

The main point about our packaging products that you need to remember is that they are bespoke manufactured for each one of our customers. All of our packaging solutions are tailored to suit the requirements of the products you wish to package, so we always take into account the size and nature of your product before we provide a bespoke solution to suit your requirements and your budget. Our service includes cutting, shaping and profiling the raw polystyrene using CAD/CAM technology to make it exactly the right shape for packaging your products. As our packaging provides a great fit for your products – enveloping them securely in protective polystyrene, you can be sure that your products will be safe during transit.

So why use the bespoke service from Vertapak? The best reason is that a well-packaged product will be safer during transportation. It will be less likely to suffer damage for bumps and knocks and there will be fewer product breakages when in transit. Our innovative packaging solutions can be relied upon to protect your goods completely, so that they will arrive in perfect condition when they reach their destination. Therefore there will be less product losses, meaning that you could save money and your customer will also be kept happy by receiving top quality goods every time they place an order.

The range of packaging available from Vertapak includes flat pads and blocks, corner and edge pieces, composite packs and polystyrene beads and balls. Simply take a look around our website to find out more about what is available and feel free to get in touch with us if you would like to discuss further or if you would like a free sample of our packaging products. As a leading supplier of polystyrene products across the Midlands, we are always happy to help you so that you can get great value packaging materials that are just right for your business.

For further information about Vertapak and our products, check back at the Vertapak blog for expert advice and the latest news from our company. You can also browse the rest of our website to find out more about us and the different polystyrene packaging products that we have to offer. If you have any questions for our team, please call us on 01384 457730 to speak to one of them and they will be happy to help you. You can also contact us by email by filling out the enquiry form on our website and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

Packaging Materials

Here at the Vertapak blog, we like to discuss the latest developments in our packaging materials and share brand new news about our products and our company. As a leading supplier of polystyrene products across the Midlands, we are always willing to discuss new ideas with our customers so that you can get the best value packaging materials that are just right for your business.

Vertapak provides high quality packaging materials to our customers, which include excellent value polystyrene products, which allow the safe transportation of goods. As all our packaging solutions can be tailored to suit your needs, we can provide a bespoke solution to suit your requirements and your budget. We can cut, shape and profile your bespoke packaging using CAD/CAM technology, which ensures maximum accuracy and a great fit for your products – which can only mean a safer product during transit. Our range of packaging includes flat pads and blocks, corner and edge pieces, composite packs and polystyrene beads and balls. Simply take a look around our website to find out more about what is available and feel free to get in touch with us to discuss further.

The team at Vertapak understands that packaging is important, as returned goods due to damage in transit can be costly for your business and lead to customer dissatisfaction. Our innovative packaging solutions can be relied upon to protect your goods completely, so that they will arrive in perfect condition when they reach their destination. So no matter what industry you operate in, or the size or nature of goods you need to protect, we are sure that we can supply a packaging solution that meets your requirements and even exceeds your expectations.

Our fantastic packaging products are designed by our team to incredibly high standards and are manufactured using computer technology and the latest machines at our premises in Dudley. These products are then shipped across the UK for use in various industries and are available to your business if you give us a call today!

We are always looking to assist our customers further by providing advice about our products, so that you can find the most suitable product to suit your needs. Because we are committed to providing an excellent service to our customers, we can even supply free samples for you to assess our different polystyrene products for yourself and get a feel of our designs. Simply get in touch with the team on 01384 457730 to request your free sample today!

Make sure that you keep checking back at the Vertapak blog for expert advice and the latest news from our company. You can also browse the rest of our website to find out more about us and the different products that we have to offer. If you have any questions for our team, please contact us by email by filling out the enquiry form on our website and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

What is Foam Packaging for?

Polystyrene is part of the consumer world. You see it everywhere without really noticing it, but clever technology has made this a versatile product for creating 3D displays and sturdy packaging. You could be sitting on bespoke foam cushions right now, not realizing the foam is made of polystyrene.

Vertapak creates foam not just for packaging items safely but also for creating new items. Examples include furnishings, frames, and exhibits.  It can be shaped and moulded into 3-dimensional shapes of all types and sizes. What looks like wood could actually be foam lettering. A figurine you imagine must be made of stone or heavy plastic could be sculpted from polystyrene. Mattresses, sofas, chairs, and cushions are often filled with this material. It has an advantage over other materials for being lightweight and easy to use.

Vertapak, a company from the Midlands, has managed to maintain quick service yet design or replicate customers’ designs from scratch. Scan your drawings or specs into a computer and send it to the Vertapak office remotely. Order any amount of the item you require and see how quickly they can get your order out.

There is a misconception about polystyrene that it is environmentally harmful. Maybe the old stuff was, but times have changed. Its main property is air: more than 95%. Polystyrene foam packaging and inserts are not constructed from harmful gases either. Foam is easily and extensively recycled by Vertapak. They reduce large pieces to granules or beads of uniform shape which, when packed together, become tight bricks of polystyrene. These are shipped to recycling firms and later become more products such as picture frames, pots, and more furniture.

Feel comfortable knowing you can trust this well-established firm which was begun in 1993. That is 20 years of building a reputation, developing products, and learning skills. The experience of the company owners, however, goes back at least another decade.

The Qualities of Polystyrene Foam

Polystyrene foam, a miracle of modern engineering and science, has a myriad of uses and applications. This contributing fact has resulted in the product being spread throughout countless industries that span the globe. But what is this versatile product and how can it benefit you by meeting all your needs?

It is a form of plastic at its base, a lightweight material that is resistant to water and serves as an insulator too. Manufacturing is low-cost and it can be shaped into a variety of forms and sizes to suit the need of whatever situation is required. The foam itself has a high level of buoyancy, due to the fact that it is composed of ninety percent air that creates pockets within the foam.

The qualities that the foam is composed of are sought after in a variety of industries. The resistance to water and buoyancy are highly desired in the marine and navel fields and, as a result, life-rafts and life-preservers are often fashioned out of the foam. It can also be used in most furnishings, due to the versatility present during manufacturing, through careful dimension-cutting so it can fit any mattress, sofa, or cushion needed.

Because of the heat insulation that is naturally part of polystyrene foam, it has many uses in the architectural field and road construction as well. Buildings of all kinds are layered with this product to keep the warmth in and the moisture out, as well as support for structures that aren’t burdened by load-bearing. Placed as a second layer of insulation beneath pavement it hinders the creation of potholes or cracks that arise due to the freezing and thawing of the soil beneath the foundation.

These are only a few uses. Whether as insulation for architectural structures, furniture for homes, or rescue equipment to save lives at sea, it can stand up and meet the needs of all of these challenges due to its composition. The versatility ensures that you can find a use for it as well, no matter what.