Polystyrene Is an Environmentally Conscience Choice Among Plastics
Protecting our environment has always been important, and many people are becoming more conscious of their choices in consumerism and quality. An emphasis is being placed on higher quality items that last a long time and can be repurposed, in contrast to something meant for single-use and cheaper.
At Alpha Rho, we work with general-purpose polystyrene to produce our large assortment of rigid plastic boxes—the kind of plastic that is easily recyclable and that we recycle internally as well. General purpose polystyrene, also known as crystal-clear polystyrene, is fully transparent and rigid, and is widely used in food packaging applications or jewel cases. In addition to being FDA compliant, making it the best choice for food packaging, it is also low-cost, X-ray resistant, free from odor and taste, and easy to process.
A news release from Styrolution, reports that polystyrene is one of the best sortable plastics in the waste stream, making it easily recyclable. In this report, Jürgen Priesters, SVP of Circular Economy at Tomra, states, “Styrenic compounds have a unique signal that enable easy and very precise sorting, an advantage which some of the other polymers do not have.” Sven Riechers, Vice President, Business Management, Standard Products EMEA at INEOS Styrolution, adds, “These findings on polystyrene sorting makes styrenics a material of choice for a circular economy and confirms our statement that styrenics are made for recycling like no other.”
We hope that the technology continues to advance to improve the waste management systems and recycling processes when it comes to all plastics, including polystyrene.
Recycling General-Purpose Polystyrene for Rigid Plastic Boxes at Alpha Rho
As stated above, Alpha Rho works with general-purpose polystyrene to produce our large assortment of rigid plastic boxes. With this type of hard plastic, we implement an internal recycling program to eliminate waste. Our materials are non-toxic and FDA compliant, so are safe for use with food products.
Alpha Rho is the largest manufacturer of a wide assortment of stock and custom clear polystyrene lid and hinged plastic boxes for handling, packaging, and storage applications in New England. With measures like our internal recycling program and the installation of solar panels, we’re proud to practice sustainable measures to minimize our footprint and contribute responsibly the environment and to our community.