BASF customer and particle foam component manufacturer Schaumaplast is offering a new packaging solution made from biomass-balanced Styropor.

The Styropor MB is the first expandable polystyrene (EPS) on the market to be manufactured using BASF’s biomass balance method.

The method can be used to replace the fossil resources required to produce Styropor with renewable resources from the beginning of the manufacturing process.

“It is an innovation that scores points for its environmental impact without losing the foam’s tried-and-tested technical properties.”

In the form of biogas or bio-naphtha from certified sustainable production, biomass can be used to manufacture Styropor in place of fossil resources.

Schaumaplast Reilingen managing director Bernhard Hauck said: “We are proud to be the first packaging manufacturer to launch a product made from biomass-balanced Styropor from BASF on the market.

“It is an innovation that scores points for its environmental impact without losing the foam’s tried-and-tested technical properties.”

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Each biomass balance product is used to conserve fossil resources and minimise greenhouse gas emissions.

The formulation and quality of Styropor MB remain unaltered compared to its fossil counterpart.

BASF styrenic foams global business management vice-president Dr Klaus Ries said: “At BASF, we look at products across their full lifecycle.

“Sustainably produced raw materials, therefore, play a major role for us. Styropor packaging also offers the advantage that it is 98% air and fully recyclable, consumers can simply dispose of it in their yellow bag or recycling bin.”

The new solution enables Schaumaplast to address the high sustainability requirements of its customer, a start-up that uses Styropor packaging with enhanced thermal insulation to deliver fresh ice cream across Germany.