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IF EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE IS BANNED WHAT COULD I USE ?

With the ban on certain single use plastic packaging being enforced in Ireland and EU, certain food service professionals are concerned with finding replacements for these products. The ban could include Products made of EPS – Expanded Polystyrene.

Polystyrene is a petroleum based non-bio degradable material. Also considered a possible carcinogen( Cancer causing substance) such materials can have serious impact on environmental health and the economy.

This brings us to the next question. What is included in EPS packaging? .

The most common type of EPS packaging is the HP trays or the MP trays. If you order food from take-outs, chances are, you have encountered these products. They are commonly used to deliver burgers, kebabs, chips, salads etc. Due to the low cost, a lot of restaurants prefer this

Expanded Polystyrene Containers

The strong yet cheap nature of these containers make them the preferred choice for many small restaurant owners who are looking for ways to manage costs . These containers are however causing a lot of harm to the environment. They can not be economically recycled therefore are mostly just discarded after a single use. It is also one of the major ocean pollutants.

As a replacement for this, we recommend containers made out of bagasse. Since bagasse is pretty much the by product of sugar manufacturing, it is environmentally sustainable. When commercially composted, bagasse will fully decompose within 60 days. Bagasse is a rapidly renewable annual resource and sustainable – unlike paper or card from virgin forests, which are endangered by human harvesting;

It is incredibly versatile and will withhold extreme temperatures. From plates and bowls to sleeves and cups bagasse can be used to make other compostable products. When bagasse products degrade, they provide natural ingredients back to environment since they are made from natural, organic and renewable materials. Bagasse products are perfect alternatives to tree based paper and plastic products.

Talk to us today if you are a Food Service business owner and would like to make the switch from Plastic containers to Degradable containers.

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