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Common EPS and XPS applications

foamed plastics are part of our lives in many ways. These are SOME OF the most common uses and the priorities for us, as they present a higher risk of becoming marine litter:

  Fishing industry (fisheries, aquaculture and seafood): fish boxes, seafood boxes, live-bait boxes

 

  Food goods industry (Distribution industry, supermarket chains, e.g. vegetables, fish, meat, fruit): food packaging, such as egg cartons, take-out food packaging, tea and coffee cups, lids, food-trays, plates, bowls.

 

  Consumer goods packaging industry: electronic home appliances, photography material, wine. And also temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products.

 

 

   Outdoor events and street-food vending

 

 

   Floating structures in the marine environment, such as pontoons and fishing net floats 

 


OTHER EPS AND XPS APPLICATIONS WHICH ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE DISCARDED MOSTLY BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT SINGLE-USE PRODUCTS, AS WELL AS MULTI-MATERIAL OBJECTS ARE LESS OF A PRIORITY FOR US

  Construction building: sheets of EPS and XPS are used to insulate living areas such as roofs, walls, pipes or floors.

  Surf-boards

  Bike and motorcycle helmets interior parts, car industry components

 

They all are EPS and XPS but their impact in the marine environment differs. And so their danger to biodiversity. 

OceanWise will have that in mind. 

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OCEANWISE

  • OceanWise deals with marine litter in a circular economy perspective. It is focused exclusively on foamed polystyrene plastic (i.e. EPS and XPS ) products and applications with a likelihood to become marine litter. OceanWise wants to approach this issue with a wide-view angle, by putting together a multi-sectoral platform to include Governmental bodies responsible for marine environment management, Industry and other stakeholders, waste management authorities, designers, circular economy modellers, I&D specialists in participatory processes, and end-users. EPS is short for expanded polystyrene, commonly known as plastic foam or styrofoam. XPS is another type of expanded polystyrene material.

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