How to safely package your Christmas presents with polystyrene

If you’re sending a gift through the post this year, you’ll want to make sure that it arrives at the address of your intended recipient safely and intact. With this in mind, we’ve put together some top tips on how to safely package your Christmas presents – and to ensure your festive generosity doesn’t get damaged in transit.

Wrap each item individually

Wrapping each item within a parcel limits movement and therefore minimises the potential for breakages. All these separate and individually wrapped items should then be placed in an inner box, before being stored in a strong outer container.

Make sure this outer package is carefully sealed with strong, reinforced tape to prevent your parcel from being opened before it reaches its intended destination.

What is the best internal packaging?

The objective of using internal packaging is to create a cushioning effect and to limit movement when your package is en route to its destination. Sometimes – as is the case with electrical goods – it is needed to stop items from touching inside a parcel.

Polystyrene chips or beads are used to fill empty gaps in boxes which contain lighter items. If you are planning on using these chips, it’s a good idea to fill the box completely, to avoid empty space where loose items can slide into. Polystyrene beads are available in various sizes and range from 2mm-8mm in diameter.

Meanwhile, polystyrene surrounds are ideal for ‘suspending’ electrical goods such as phones, games consoles, tablets or other expensive equipment. This suspension stops goods and gifts from moving about and getting damaged.

However, failure to pay attention to good-quality internal packaging can mean your Christmas present arrives in a less than pristine condition. What’s more, if you’re a retailer, it could mean a higher than necessary return rate, not to mention lots of disappointed customers.  

Choose polystyrene to protect fragile goods

Make sure your gift is still intact as it sits beneath the Christmas tree waiting to be opened. The right packaging will:

  • Prevent damage and absorb shock
  • Stop items from touching inside a package
  • Limit movement

Remember that good packaging isn’t just for Christmas. If you’re looking for wrapping that protects goods and your corporate reputation in the New Year, speak to us about a wide variety of standard polystyrene packaging solutions and bespoke manufacturing of material.

Request a free, no obligation quotation by contacting Vertapak on 01384 457730.

       

Don’t dent customers’ expectations this Christmas choose Polystyrene packaging

Shopping habits have certainly changed in recent years as more and more purchases are made on the internet.

This also means that more and more items are delivered and in lightening quick times as consumers are willing to pay for next day delivery.

While the delivery companies tasked with transferring your goods to customers across the country – or even the world – no doubt take every effort to make sure they reaches their destination in pristine condition the scope for damage is ever present.

Thousands of parcels are on the roads every single day of the year, being moved from warehouses to depots to shops or homes.

Protecting your product has to be a key consideration – after all damaged goods are quite likely to damage your reputation as the customer expects delivery in pristine condition.

Play it safe with polystyrene

In this high volume delivery environment a robust packaging solution is essential and polystyrene certainly ticks the right boxes.

Particularly useful in protecting the fragile goods that are always popular at Christmas, polystyrene will help to guarantee that televisions, consoles, gadgets and hi-tech toys don’t disappoint on the big day.

As polystyrene can be moulded to fit it offers a bespoke packaging solution that really will offer protection from start to finish, allowing delicate electronic goods little room for manoeuvre.

As well as fitting closely, the composition of polystyrene is such that it will not damage the product if it is pushed into impact with it, instead it will absorb the movement.

Protect your reputation – and your electronic goods

Likewise any external impact from another parcel, or by accidentally being dropped, will be absorbed by the polystyrene packaging forming an effective barrier to the goods within.

Getting from A to B safely is of utmost importance but so is presentation on delivery when it comes to Christmas gifts. Opening a box and finding the contents scattered in all directions makes for a poor customer experience.

The tailored fit that polystyrene can be moulded to will not only keep products safe in transit but will also maintain presentation within the box where every component should be found exactly as it was intended to be.

Protecting goods that will be popular as Christmas gifts during the delivery process cannot be underestimated.

Don’t dent your customers’ expectations this Christmas, make sure your wrapping is as protective as possible by choosing a polystyrene packaging solution.

For more information about our products, or to request a free no obligation quotation, please contact Vertapak on 01384 457730.

So how about polystyrene for interior design?

We already know that polystyrene is an extremely versatile material, but whilst it’s well known for its packaging qualities in the food and transport sectors how about the benefits in using polystyrene for interior design?

How polystyrene can be used for interior design

We’re not referring here to polystyrene being used as insulation in wall cavities or as flat ceiling panels. We’re more interested in the innovative ways the recyclable material can be manufactured to create interior ornaments, models and décor applications.

Interior designers take pride in creating wow-factor settings in commercial and residential buildings that attract the attention of visitors – particularly significant in the hospitality industry. Quality inspirational décor boasts eclectic blends of colour, texture and sensory enjoyment so what place does polystyrene have? Actually, quite a few…

Polystyrene is highly adaptable

Polystyrene can be manufactured to any size and shape required, offers great volume, and is easy to mould to fit unusual contours. It’s lightweight and substantial thereby withstanding the pressure of weight-bearing objects and potential damage.

The construction industry and now the interior design sector is using polystyrene as an alternative to traditional building materials such as plaster, cement and wood. And polystyrene can be taken many steps further than a suspended ceiling.

Frequently shaped to bind with walls and ceilings to create unique interior profiles or used to form interior columns, arches or vaults, polystyrene can offer huge savings on building materials, trade labour and heavy lifting! It’s also much quicker to install, cutting down project timescales.

Decorative walls, dressed with patterned polystyrene then painted or embellished make a pleasing backdrop, room partition or an innovative way to spice up the character of a room.

Eco-friendly qualities of polystyrene

Polystyrene is recyclable and has watertight characteristics making it ideal to use within older properties subject to damp conditions. By creating a barrier against oxygen and vapour, polystyrene constructs are safe from spoiling.

Its high thermal performance helps guard against cold drafts and despite being 98% air, polystyrene is durable and offers superb resilience against hazardous chemicals.

Use polystyrene for interior design projects

Here at Verta Pak we produce high-quality polystyrene that can be styled to any shape, size and texture, plus we’re up for any challenge thrown at us.

If you think that polystyrene could be used as part of your next interior design project but are unsure about where to start we offer a consultancy service to talk through the best options.

Contact us on 01384 457730 for more details about any aspect of polystyrene design, production and uses for interior design. 

Why polystyrene packaging is a great choice for fragile goods

When packaging goods for customer orders it pays dividends to take extra care and attention and polystyrene packaging is an excellent choice.

Customer perception is everything

The condition goods are received in and the way the packaging is viewed when a box or envelope is pried open plays a huge part in the customers’ perception of the company purchased from. It could be the difference between a repeat order and recommendation, or a bad review and radio silence.

Whilst goods may leave your possession – from factory, warehouse or retail shop – in pristine condition a badly damaged box, squashed or impaired goods will not be taken lightly.

Courier companies are a third party in the delivery equation and can be the cause of spoiled goods but often, the blame will still fall to the company selling the products.

Improve perception with a tidy package

A professionally packaged box, envelope or packet will go a long way to protect the goods inside. The higher the value of the goods, the more fragile their composition or an irregularity in shape will determine how much extra cushioning is needed for transit.

As summer draws to an end and people are starting to think about the seasonal festivities, ensure fragile goods are well protected when in transit with polystyrene packaging.

Versatile polystyrene protects fragile goods

Polystyrene is a superb way to package delicate goods and expensive items such as tech equipment, jewellery and crockery. The material is lightweight so won’t add too much heaviness to delivery costs.  It’s also extremely substantial offering much-needed protective properties to safeguard against bruising, cracking and squashing.

Polystyrene has watertight properties and will provide a barrier against oxygen and vapour that could affect materials that spoil in damp conditions.

The material is available in standard sizes and can be moulded and cut to specific shapes and sizes to cocoon any type of product.

Friendly to the environment

Expanded polystyrene is hygienic and unpolluted and is approved for direct contact with food – a great choice for cheese, chocolates or cakes. It’s made up of 98% air and can be recycled after use due to it containing no harmful chlorofluorocarbons(CFC) gases.

Use polystyrene packaging for fragile goods

Old polystyrene can be broken down into beads and mixed with new polystyrene beads in order to mould it into new materials.

Here at Vertapak we take pride in manufacturing high-quality polystyrene packaging that can be used to protect an array of retail, commercial and industrial goods safely during shipping.

If you’re unsure about how the material could be used for your business we offer a consultancy service to talk through the best options – standard or bespoke.

Contact us on 01384 457730 for more details about any aspect of polystyrene design, production and packaging solutions. 

Polystyrene and cycling

When it comes to linking polystyrene and cycling we’re not advocating a polystyrene bike – although the lightness of the bike is critical when it comes to speed, it doesn’t want to blow away either.

Safety and protection

But, when it comes to safety and protection, cycling and polystyrene are a natural fit. As the big cycle races continue to be fought out across Europe, so do the unfortunate pictures of high-speed crashes plague our TV screens. Make no mistake, this is a hard sport with the propensity to throw its participants at speed to the ground, into walls, road furniture, ditches or worse.

A sturdy helmet is clearly an absolute must. The sheer unpredictability of how an accident might happen and subsequently pan out means every precaution must be taken.

Polystyrene and helmets

Polystyrene within the helmet plays a vital and potentially life-saving role. A helmet works in three basic ways – by spreading the impact over a wider area rather than a single point on the head, acting as a barrier between the head and the road/wall/back windscreen of a car, and lastly allowing the skull to slow down in a controlled manner in a very restrictive space rather than suffer the severe shock of impact – shock which can damage the brain and lead to skull fractures.

Protection for all

These kind of benefits should be available to all cyclists, not just the elite. And that’s where polystyrene has another safety benefit – it’s cheap. A less highly priced helmet will offer a great level of protection, just like its more expensive sisters on the shelves whose price is likely to be rather more dependent on aesthetics of design.

Manufacturing polystyrene helmets

Polystyrene helmet liners originally arrive at the manufacturer as loose pellets before being treated with seriously hot blasts of steam of up to 200° in order to pack as many as possible into a mould which will bond them together. A variety of materials, generally in mesh form, are then used for reinforcement. All helmets are put through a rigorous testing procedure to receive the required quality kitemark.

It is this structure of both helmet and construction process that has led to polystyrene keeping cyclists safe for years and years.

For all your polystyrene queries and needs, talk to Vertapak about how we can help – call 01384 457730.

 

Polystyrene makes a boat a home

We see it more and more – people living on water. And not just in rural areas. in London alone, an estimated 10,000 people now live on around 100 miles of the city’s waterways.

The appeal? Well, living on water delivers a sense of freedom in even the most tightly packed and built-up of areas. Indeed, houseboats in sought after locations in the capital can fetch up to £2 million.

Most owners, however, live in more humble surroundings. Not that they mind, the beauty of a narrowboat is its cosiness, its sense of being a self-contained little world. It is becoming the retirement dream of more and more to own one.

To hull and back

We all know that polystyrene floats, but can we really use it for something as substantial as a houseboat? Well, yes. Polystyrene has proved the perfect solution for manufacturing modern houseboat hulls.

Not only can polystyrene be easily shaped, but it is cheap, lightweight, offers  exceptional thermal and flotation performance and does not rot, mould or decay.

Even if polystyrene becomes wet, it has very low absorption. It is never going to become waterbound and heavy even if the hull is breached. It delivers protection against such catastrophe, and with it peace of mind. It’s lightness, meanwhile, means that fuel consumption is reduced. It is a greener solution all round.

A long-term answer

Polystyrene’s characteristics clearly make it an ideal material for long-term performance in marine use. But what happens when that boat eventually, inevitably, reaches the end of its life. Well, the polystyrene can be recycled.

Of course, polystyrene’s relationship with the waterways is well established. It has long been used in  buoyancy aids ranging from simple buoyancy blocks to ‘man overboard’ stretchers and cradles.  If its buoyancy and life-saving properties work in the swimming pool, they are going to work elsewhere. Taking polystyrene to the nation’s waterways is a move that will pay dividends.

Buying a houseboat

Fancy buying a houseboat? You might have to save for a few years first. If the dream does come true, just remember what might well be keeping you afloat beneath your feet.

  • We hope you have found this article informative and interesting.

For all your polystyrene queries and needs, contact Vertapak.

 

Polystyrene is the homeowner’s friend

Home building has massively moved on in recent years. The modern home is built with energy conservation in mind – and this is where polystyrene comes to the fore, saving families thousands on utility bills while offering protection to the environment too.

Polystyrene – a popular material

Polystyrene is one of the most popular materials used for roofing, plumbing, and insulation in the building industry. And there are reasons why so many in the construction industry swear by it. For instance, when applied with reinforced concrete, polystyrene provides protection against harsh environments.

Blocks of polystyrene, meanwhile, are used as an energy efficient model for both industrial units and homes, preventing drafts and maintaining temperature. The effects on domestic and industrial energy consumption can, put simply, be astonishing. 

Polystyrene offers a design bonus for the homeowner

Not only that but expanded polystyrene (EPS) lends itself to the design and structural integrity of many building projects, an ideal choice for green building design, offering tangible environmental advantages. Polystyrene can cover wall cavities, increase resistance to heat transference, and also offer moisture protection.

Insulating Concrete Forms are another case in point. Here we have hollow polystyrene structures, erected at the construction site, then filled with five or six inches of reinforced concrete and left in place. As well as the strength of the concrete, we now have inbuilt insulation too, translating to greater energy efficiency and that ever important peace and quiet!

In the roof space, meanwhile, EPS offers not just insulation but effective water resistance. It is ready and waiting whatever the weather conditions.

A long-term comfort aid

It is not always easy to imagine when seeing the sheer complexity of the building site that the ultimate goal is to deliver long-term living comfort, and yet every step, many of them involving polystyrene, is designed exactly that way.

Homes built with polystyrene at the heart of their being are not hard to tell. They feel warm, snug, quiet and comfortable. They are built with the occupants in mind and are enjoyed, by householders across the globe, accordingly.

A clear conscience

Those same homeowners can enjoy their homes with a clear conscience -the energy required to make polystyrene is more favourable than many alternative materials.

When it comes to home building, polystyrene is our friend. For all your polystyrene queries and needs, give us a call today on 01384 457730.

 

Polystyrene – creative as well as functional

Polystyrene is often seen as a purely functional material, with uses in the packing, preserving, and insulating industries.

But look beneath some of the most pretty, poignant, and pertinent of decorative or commemorative items and it soon becomes apparent that this most versatile of materials plays a vital role.

Polystyrene wreaths

No better illustrated is this than with the example of wreaths. Here we have a major cottage industry, with hobbyists enjoying making wreaths for a huge variety of occasions, including Christmas and Halloween.

Ease of decoration

Of course, few would consider polystyrene to be ideal as a material to be on show in decorative terms. It’s beauty, however, is the ease with which the prettiest of decorations – flowers, leaves, feathers, even craft items such as pom-poms (ideal for a winter effect) can be attached.

Add in it’s virtual weightlessness, and polystyrene is the perfect substance for a temporary or, indeed, permanent, wall hanging, not to mention unobtrusive but singularly appealing table centrepiece.

Personal and poignant

Let us not forget also that wreaths are intensely personal and poignant items left as signals of commemoration on memorials across the country, be they marks of respect to those lost in conflict or in tragedies. Similarly, floral wreaths are a centrepoint of many funeral corteges.

In the past, the ability to fashion their own wreaths was out of many people’s hands. Now the easy availability of polystyrene bases means thousands every year are able to pay tribute in the most personal of ways, creating an image pertinent to an event or loved-one.

The craft economy and polystyrene

Make no mistake, polystyrene is yet again adding significant value to an area of the UK economy. The Craft Intelligence Report, released in conjunction with the Craft & Hobby Association UK, reveals that home crafting is an area worth an estimated £3.4 billion. Some 69% of British females participate in at least one craft per year, amounting to 18.3 million women.

Much of that increase is down to the easy availability of basic materials, polystyrene being a case in point.

Get hold of some and let your creative imagination soar to new and unexplored areas.

More surprising uses of polystyrene

We hope this short article has made for an interesting five minute read.

Please stay tuned for more surprising uses of polystyrene.

Meanwhile, for all your polystyrene queries and needs, please give the team at Vertapak a call today.

Polystyrene and Bees – Really?

It may seem an odd fit to talk about polystyrene and bees in the same sentence. And yet, across Europe the vast majority of hives now sold are made from the substance of polystyrene, supporting thousands of colonies and millions of these valuable insects, which support the world and keep humanity alive.

Why polystyrene for bees?

Well, just think about weight for a start. Traditionally, hives are made of cedar wood, which is great as a sturdy assembly, but what happens when it comes to moving or storing these structures? They are heavy and unmanageable (remember that many beekeepers have several hives) and make for backbreaking work. Polystyrene removes the unwieldy element due to its lightweight composition, while maintaining all the home comforts for our black and yellow friends.

Creating warmth for bees

And there we move to another key benefit – warmth. Many wooden beehives only offer a thin barrier between themselves and an often chilly outside world. Wooden hives may seem natural but they rarely mimic the thickness of a bee’s natural home, such as a tree trunk.

Insulation is vital, and polystyrene offers it in abundance. In fact, because of this insulation, bees in polystyrene hives often have a longer season, emerging up to a month sooner than other broods – and from a larger nest.

What’s the cost of a polystyrene beehive?

Generally, a polystyrene hive is about half the price of a wooden hive, and has the potential to last a lot longer in what can be testing outdoor conditions.

Polystyrene hives do not rot or need slathering in preservative making the dampness that so often can be the downfall of bees, repelled. Made of toughened polystyrene, the hives can be expected to last upwards of 30 years. Do not fear they’ll blow over in the wind because polystyrene hives come with straps to tether them down, making them just as secure in any weather.

What’s the environmental cost of a polystyrene beehive?

Polystyrene is recyclable and, with a long life, exists as a sustainable substance in its own right. No-one knowingly wishes to damage the environment and polystyrene is a friend of the bee, not the enemy.

But aren’t they ugly?

Far from it. Polystyrene hives are designed to be easy on the eye. In fact, from a distance, it’s hard to tell the difference. Polystyrene hives can also be painted to fit in with their surroundings whether a city rooftop dwelling or at one with countryside nature.

Like the bees, you’ll never know the difference. Just look at the evidence here.

More surprising uses of polystyrene

We hope this short article has made for an interesting five minute read.
Please stay tuned for more surprising uses of polystyrene.
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Using polystyrene to transport perishable food

Polystyrene PackagingThe health market is flourishing and despite the parallel crisis with obesity and convenience foods, consumers love their fresh produce and vitamin nutrient packed foods. But it can be a tough call to grow, pick, prepare, pack and deliver healthy edible foods, which are often perishable and need suitable protective transportation to prevent damage and maintain consistent temperatures.

Introducing polystyrene to transport perishable food

Polystyrene is a cost effective material that can manage the requirements of protection and temperature control when it comes to fresh food sources. Polystyrene packaging can keep cool things cool and warm things warm due to its excellent insulation properties and extremely low rate of thermal conductivity. This enables the temperature inside polystyrene packaging or boxes to remain stable even if outside temperatures fluctuate.

The material is lightweight yet sturdy offering much-needed protective properties to carry foods subject to bruising, cracking and squashing.

Polystyrene boxes and containers are watertight and provide a barrier against oxygen and vapour that can spoil food. Available in an array of sizes, polystyrene packaging is perfect for manufacturers of meat, chilled foods, and dairy products that have a limited shelf life. Plus, the packaging is reusable.

Friendly to the environment and sterile

Expanded polystyrene is clean and uncontaminated and is approved for direct contact with food making it ideal for transportation containers – either as boxes, trays or to line refrigerated units.

Everyone is under pressure to commit to protecting our natural environment so it’s comforting to know that polystyrene can be recycled. It’s made up of 98% air with zero destructive chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) gases.

Learn more about polystyrene packaging benefits

VertaPak offers a consultancy service to advice customers of the benefits of polystyrene and how it can be adapted for almost any industry.

Please feel free to call the team on 01384 457 730 or email us here for more information.