EPS helps fishermen get their catch
Brussels —Human beings have been fishing almost as long as they’ve been hunting and gathering fruits and berries. Normally it tends to be quite relaxing. But it can sometimes be frustrating to sit for hours without a bite. Were the fish sleeping that day or was I not feeding them what they wanted, the fisherman might wonder?
Expanded polystyrene (EPS) offers a partial solution. It turns out that in addition to protecting fruit, vegetables and fish, EPS offers excellent packaging for live worms.
One of Smart Packaging Europe’s members, HIRSCH Porozell, last year successfully tested the production of protective transport packaging made of 100% recycled EPS. The recycled EPS for the boxes comes from BEWI RAW and Novopol, which developed the box for their customer Proinsects, and now they are producing them so they can transport Canadian Tawworms that are larger than ‘normal’ nightcrawlers.
These worms are collected by hand in nature under suitable weather conditions and sent all over the world as they cannot be bred economically. But they are more sensitive to temperature than nightcrawlers. So, an EPS box that offers excellent protective and insulation properties comes in handy to allow them to be exported to fishermen world-wide. Moreover, the EPS packaging is made of recycled EPS; Novopol operates the first mechanical EPS recycling plant in Europe in the Czech Republic.
So thanks to EPS’s excellent insulation and shock resistance, those EPS worm boxes might help fishermen find more pleasure in their hobby. The use of recycled EPS to make new EPS packages, meanwhile, is a good example of making packaging more sustainable.