In the US it is marketed under the name Styrofoam invented in 1941. It is estimated that Americans alone throw away 25 billion polystyrene coffee cups a year.
It is through one simple fact like this that make the issue stand out, especially considering that polystyrene is a form of polythene it is difficult to recycle.
How does this affect our customers or us?
Well as a packaging supplier, a common product is ‘loos fill” polystyrene which has been used for years by companies to pack items. In the ‘US’ they refer to this product as packaging ‘peanuts’ as it is made out of polystyrene it has now been banned
If you export to New York you have to be careful, as of the 1st July the New York Port authority. Set the ban and gave companies 6 months to comply or fines will apply. That grace period is now over.
If for your packaging operation, loose fill chips are your preference. There is good news, our ‘packaging Peanuts are made from starch, not polystyrene. Which makes them 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable. So don’t run the risk, if shipping to New York we advice putting some proof of this in the parcel.
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