In 1941, Ray McIntire, a scientist at the Dow Chemical Company, accidentally invented foamed polystyrene
when attempting to make a flexible electrical insulator.
The packaging of Loepfe's product will not be of foamed polystyrene
in the future.
Expandable polystyrene (EPS) is the raw material used for molding foamed polystyrene
is familiar to consumers and most commonly known for its use as foam cups and containers, protective packaging and building insulation.
Slower growth is expected for foamed polystyrene
, owing to competition from polyolefin resins in film and other uses.
The chemical building blocks of foamed polystyrene
have been detected in areas of the Pacific Ocean, and lab experiments demonstrate that the plastic degrades at seawater temperatures, researchers reported August 19.
A27529 polystyrene flame-retardant concentrate for use in foamed polystyrene
Susan Herrenbruck is executive director of the Foamed Polystyrene
Alliance (FPSA), headquartered in Washington, D.C.
demand will be fueled by increased use in a number of new insulation products and renewed growth in packaging applications.
There are accusations that foamed polystyrene
contributes to ozone layer depletion by people who continue to use refrigerators and air conditioners but who don't realize that the use of CFCs for foaming plastics was never very common and is now not really significant.