EPS packaging keeps medication cool on long haul
Schaumaplast and EPS help emergency medical supplies from Germany reach a traveller in New Zealand
Brussels —Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, this time it’s EPS, or expanded polystyrene, to the rescue.
With the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, people worldwide have faced many hurdles, including restrictions on everything from meeting friends to traveling. Sometimes these restrictions even lead to emergencies. And sometimes EPS provides an ideal solution.
About a year ago, a young German woman embarked upon a trip around the world. Departing from Stuttgart, her first stop was New Zealand. The plan was to meet her parents there about two months after she arrived. But a crucial part of the plan was for the parents to bring their daughter a medicine that she needs to inject every two months due to a chronic skin disease. Without the medicine, her joints would stiffen. This special medication couldn’t just be picked up at the pharmacy “around the corner”—especially in rural New Zealand—but required special handling, including cold storage. For this reason, the young woman could not carry all the medication she needed on her backpack trip at once.
Then the pandemic made the parents’ trip impossible. They had to find another solution to get the medication to their daughter. The mother of the young woman tried to find a solution on the Internet and made a lot of futile calls. Not even their expensive travel insurance would provide the family any support. Eventually, she called Schaumaplast, a family-owned German company that develops and produces EPS packaging for shipping temperature-sensitive goods under its Thermocon label. Schaumaplast immediately volunteered to offer a complimentary solution involving an EPS box and a cooling system that keeps products chilled for up to 120 hours in a defined window of plus two to plus eight degrees Celsius—just what was needed for her daughter’s medication.
If finding the right packaging was hard, getting the package to her daughter proved almost as difficult. Its trip from Germany to New Zealand took it to the continental United States, Hawaii and Australia first. Then, when it arrived in New Zealand, customs formalities delayed the delivery, putting its precious cargo at risk. But this story ends happily because in the end, with the help of Schaumaplast’s EPS packaging, the young backpacker received her medication intact despite 7 days of transit. Local media in Germany picked up the story and Andreas Sturm, a recently elected member of the regional parliament where Schaumaplast is based, recognised that ‘the company’s products safe lives’.
In fact, the young backpacker was just one of the many individuals that EPS has helped during these unique times. EPS is also the packaging of choice for some of the world’s leading COVID-19 vaccines. Thanks to its excellent insulation and shock resistance EPS has literally helped save thousands of lives.