Trends in Polystyrene Foam Packaging

The global market for polystyrene and styrene is constantly growing. There are big business opportunities in the polystyrene market, due to the implementation of different innovations and the general public’s acceptance of this material. Polystyrene is used in almost all of the daily products we use, starting from our kitchen products to cars, and from packing different products to various applications in industry.

Rising demands of polystyrene in the developing countries are contributing to the global growth of the polystyrene market. Car tyres of higher performance are also made with polystyrene & styrene, so there is a large base and demand for the product in the most developed countries as well. With this in mind, we should expect the polystyrene business to certainly grow and expand in the following years. The demands for polystyrene are especially high in Asian countries like South Korea and China, as well as in the Middle East and North America.

However, this business brings some challenges and obstacles as well. Concerns about the pollution of the environment, reduction in car sales throughout Europe, currency conversion risks, as well as replacement of polystyrene with some other materials pose a big threat to this type of business. Trends in polystyrene foam packaging include increased urbanization and higher GDP, rationalization of capacities and usage of polystyrene in advanced technologies.

At Vertapak we are experts in all types of polystyrene foam packaging, so for more advice, please contact us now.

5 Advantages Of Temperature Controlled Polystyrene Boxes

Polystyrene is an aromatic polymer made from the styrene monomer and represents one of the most used plastic materials in the world. This is a thermoplastic material without a colour and is a solid and durable plastic with a certain level of flexibility. It can be recycled which means that it is eco-friendly. There are many ways in which manufacturers use polystyrene, but they can also be used for some more unusual reasons. We look at some of these below:

  1. Storing Frozen and Chilled Foods
    This is probably the most frequent way in which people use polystyrene boxes of this kind. They just put the frozen/chilled foods they purchase from the local store in the boxes and maintain their temperature.
  2. Boxes for Hens
    Of course, this doesn’t mean that polystyrene boxes are used only for this purpose. For instance, there are many people who use them as special nest boxes for their hens. Simply lay the box on the side and the hens will start using them as their nest. They provide ideal conditions for good nesting.
  3. Decoration
    Another great thing about these boxes is the fact that they can be used as decoration too. For instance, you can paint them with acrylic paint and place them in any room you want. Unleash your creativity and experiment with the boxes you have.
  4. Hot Box
    This is another advantage of polystyrene boxes related to meals. This time, you can use them to finish the cooking of your meal. Just put a straw in it and place your part cooked meal inside. This is a great way to finish the cooking in a natural way.
  5. Storing Biscuits
    If you don’t want the biscuits to fill the room with their scent, you can store them in these boxes. Of course, you can store other scented/aromatic foods too.

Of course, from a commercial packaging point of view, temperature controlled polystyrene boxes are incredibly useful. Contact Vertapak now for more information.

Creative Things You Can Do With Polystyrene Beads

Polystyrene beads are one of our most popular packaging materials but as well as being a fantastic packaging product its versatility doesn’t end there. There are also quite a few creative things you can do with polystyrene beads so for a bit of fun, we thought we would share some ideas with you:

Polystyrene Beads InsulationYou can use polystyrene beads at the bottom of a vase to display dried or artificial flowers. The beads will keep the stems steady and raise them to the height you want them to be at.

Use them as spacers to glue on to the back of wall mirrors or picture frames. This will help to protect painted walls.

Ever caught your hand on a sharp tool when rummaging around in your tool box? Most of us have. You can use polystyrene beads to cover the tips of sharp tools such as screwdrivers and Stanley blades when they are not being used so that they can be stored safely.

Polystyrene beads can be really good for spreading glue and other adhesives rather than using a brush. You can simply discard the beads after using them rather than having to clean the brush.

You know how easy it is to bash your fingers when you’re trying to drive home a nail with a tiny head into the wall? Well, polystyrene beads can help to protect your fingers. Simply push the tip of the nail through the polystyrene bead to steady it against the wall. Take a few hammer taps, remove the bead, and finish driving the nail into the wall.

If you have bean bag chairs that have lost their shape then you can use polystyrene beads to refill them.

You can use polystyrene beads to help fill up planters. This works well with shallow rooted plants, is good for drainage and also helps large pots to be lighter and easier to move around.

The next time you’ve got some polystyrene packaging material left over, why not get creative?

The Importance of Bespoke Polystyrene Packaging Services

Not all polystyrene packaging is created the same so depending on the type of products you plan to transport; it pays to plan carefully the best type of packaging products to use. When it comes to packaging expensive and fragile products then we believe it’s an area that you should never compromise. You might save a few pounds by using cheaper packaging but at the end of the day you need to consider carefully whether cheaper packaging is going to be more trouble than it’s worth, especially when it comes to providing good customer service and minimising complaints.

The value of your products should be a primary consideration when you are planning for them to be transported. Inadequate or insufficient packaging is sure to lead to damaged goods and a great deal of inconvenience and annoyance for your customers which could be damaging for your reputation. On top of that you will potentially have to pay extra costs for returns, pay out for claims as well as giving credits on your business account. All of this will damage your reputation and the relationship that you have built with existing customers and is likely to send new customers away looking for a different solution.

Polystyrene PackagingBespoke Polystyrene Packaging Solutions

Sending undamaged products with packaging that is strong, reliable and fit for purpose is what every customer deserves. This is why bespoke polystyrene packaging for your products is the best solution. Packaging that is tailor made to fit your products to give them maximum protection has got to be the best choice if you want to keep your customers happy.

At Vertapak we have many years experience of creating bespoke polystyrene packaging solutions for our customers so if you need any advice about the products you are trying to transport and the best materials to use in order to keep them safe and secure then please contact us now.

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.

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.