Composed of 90 % air, polystyrene foam trays have a very small environmental impact, since there is a significantly lower amount of raw materials and energy being used in their production compared to substitute rigid polymer or plant fibre packaging. Foam polymer packaging is 2 to 3 times lighter than other known alternatives. Polystyrene is a recyclable material, although collection programs are not offered in all municipalities. The light weight of these products and the potential for food residue contamination pose a challenge to sorting and recycling centers, but several municipalities in North America have overcome these challenges and now offer recycling programs, either by curb-side collection, or by collection at depot locations. Ask your local authorities to find out if such programs exist near you.
Dyne-a-pak actively supports or is directly involved in various polystyrene recycling projects at depot locations or by curb side collection in Canada and the US. Here are some examples:
Agricultural feedstocks are annually renewable resources. Dextrose is a natural sugar and is extracted from plants.
The dextrose is fermented and distilled in a substance called lactic acid.
The lactic acid is transformed into Ingeo® bio-polymer by NatureWorks® and is then melted and transformed into foam packaging.
Dyne-a-pak Nature® offers the best post-use options for the future.
Packaging solutions that support sustainable development
Made with a natural polymer without fossil fuel.
Using plants, a 100% renewable resource
Contributing to create a better future
Dyne-a-pak Nature® products are compostable and recyclable under certain conditions and where programs exist. Such programs are starting to develop but are not common. Visit the section « Our Products / Dyne-A-Pak NatureTM »
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