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Polystyrene alternatives: what are they, and can you use them?

Polystyrene alternatives: what are they, and can you use them?

The focus on Polystyrene Alternatives

In New York City the days of polystyrene single use foam items such as take out coffee cups and loose fill packaging are limited. With the introduction of a new ban on the material, the city has moved one step closer towards their goal of becoming a ‘greener’ city. With expanded polystyrene items difficult to recycle, the focus is now on various packaging alternatives that are sustainable, recyclable and create less damage to the environment.

Polystyrene ban

At GWP Packaging we offer a range of corrugated products and packaging that are 100% recyclable and therefore provide a greener alternative to plastic products. Our innovative Corrugated Cardboard Spools and Corrugated Cushion Packaging provide comparable levels of performance and protection against damage in transit or storage, whilst also being more environmentally friendly.

New York Expanded Polystyrene Packaging Ban

New York City recently announced their decision to join with over 70 other cities and ban the manufacturing, processing and selling of Expanded Polystyrene foam (EPS) and Polystyrene loose fill packaging, from the 1st July 2015, due to causing environmental harm.

Manufacturers and stores in the City have been banned from selling any single- use foam items including cups, trays, plates and clamshell containers.

These products cause real environmental harm and have no place in New York City. We have better options, better alternatives, and if more cities across the country follow our lead and institute similar bans, those alternatives will soon become more plentiful and will cost less.

Bill de Blasio | Mayor, New York City

GWP Provide 100% Recyclable Alternatives

At GWP, we understand that our products should be as environmentally responsible as possible. As a result, we constantly review innovative new ways to provide protective packaging, producing various corrugated products as alternatives to foams and polystyrene. These offer a greener alternative to plastics and its derivatives, whilst providing excellent levels of protection and performance.

For example, our Corrugated Cardboard Spools (Corrispool) are created from strong corrugated fibreboard and are designed to meet the strength and durability requirements of each individual application. As a result of being manufactured using corrugated cardboard, Corrispools also provide a 100% recyclable, cost effective alternative to plastic spools.

Cardboard as an Alternative to Foam

Corrugated Corrispools are created to provide the perfect spools for individual products & production methods and are suitable for a wide range of applications including; electrical cables, heat and plastic shrink tubing, rope, string and other pressed electronic components.

Benefits of Corrugated Cardboard Spools (Corrispools)

  • 100% Recyclable- Environmentally responsible
  • Cost effective alternative to plastic spools
  • Light weight & easier to handle than plastic reels
  • Manufactured from strong, durable corrugated cardboard
  • Easy to wind- designed specifically to individual needs and production requirements
  • Flat pack supply- saving storage space and lowering costs
  • Corrugated cushioning & polystyrene alternatives
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GWP Packaging also produce Corrugated Cushion Packaging (Corrispring) as a perfect alternative to polystyrene and foam cushion packaging, offering a more recyclable, cost effective solution for a vast range of uses. Corrispring can be used for a wide range of applications including use in transit packaging for telecommunications equipment, electronic goods, IT products and many other items of high value that require cushioning in transit.

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Key benefits of Corrugated Cushion Packaging (Corrispring)

  • Environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable
  • Light weight reducing overall transportation costs
  • Custom designed for each individual requirements
  • Cost effective solution
  • Provides an alternative to foam cushion packaging with high levels of protection
  • Supplied fully assembled and ready to use

Find out more

Follow the links below to find out more information on our fully recyclable corrugated cardboard spools & corrugated cushion packaging.



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