Hello, world!

Today marks the offi­cial launch of Smart Pack­ag­ing Europe, an alliance of com­pa­nies active in mak­ing and recy­cling expand­ed poly­styrene (EPS) pack­ag­ing in Europe, as well as pro­duc­ing the raw mate­ri­als for EPS packaging. 

Brus­sels — Our mis­sion is to con­tribute to a more cir­cu­lar, sus­tain­able econ­o­my in Europe by rais­ing aware­ness of the eco­nom­ic, social and envi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits of EPS packaging.

Yes, you heard right! Although it is cur­rent­ly all the rage to demonise all sorts of plas­tics, some of them are actu­al­ly indis­pens­able for things like keep­ing our food safe, pro­tect­ing all sorts of goods from dam­age dur­ing trans­port and pro­tect­ing peo­ple from shocks and bumps as well. You can see lots of exam­ples on the Why EPS? page on this web­site. We have cap­tured all the most com­mon, unique and under-appre­ci­at­ed exam­ples we could find there and on the Sus­tain­abil­i­ty page.

This blog is the place where we’ll con­tin­ue to pro­vide addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion on a reg­u­lar basis long after the web­site launch.

We will share: 

  • EPS pack­ag­ing indus­try news as it hap­pens 
  • Fea­ture sto­ries on less­er-known uses of EPS “pack­ag­ing” writ large—essentially every­thing oth­er than con­struc­tion mate­ri­als, which are cov­ered else­where 
  • Recy­cling and oth­er sus­tain­abil­i­ty stories—of which there are a lot more than most peo­ple realise
  • Posi­tion papers on rel­e­vant reg­u­la­to­ry or leg­isla­tive ini­tia­tives 
  • and occa­sion­al inter­views, peo­ple sto­ries, info­graph­ics and pho­to essays. 

We sin­cere­ly believe that EPS is a won­der­ful, under-appre­ci­at­ed pack­ag­ing mate­r­i­al and want to make sure that every­one else can find exam­ples here of the types of things that excite us. 

We hope you find what you’re look­ing for on our web­site and wel­come your feedback.

AuthorSven Heppes
Date29 March 2020