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EPS

  1. Can fungi form on EPS?
    No, EPS does not have an 'open structure', therefore EPS is used among other things in the food industry for packing meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, etc. With other materials that have an open structure, there is a chance of fungi forming. Therefore, this is often combated using chemicals.
  2. Are hazardous substances released when producing and processing EPS?
    In the production process, water vapour and polystyrene granules are expanded into small spheres of EPS. Pentane, a naturally occurring saturated hydrocarbon, is used as the blowing agent. Pentane is NOT toxic and does NOT deplete the ozone layer. When processing EPS, 98% of which consists of air, no hazardous substances are released. Therefore, no personal protection equipment including masks, goggles and gloves are required.
  3. Are toxic gases released when EPS is burnt?
    Gases are released when all materials are burnt. Because EPS consists of more or less only carbon and hydrogen, the gases released when it is burnt are even cleaner than when the same volume of wood is burnt.
  4. Moisture can cause fungi formation. Can EPS absorb water?
    Due to the closed cell structure of EPS, water absorption is minimal, therefore EPS does not become a potential source of fungi and bacteria. Other insulation materials often have an open structure and therefore the probability of them absorbing moisture can be higher. Due to this open structure, the insulation properties can be nullified and there is a chance of moisture and fungi causing damage.
  5. Does EPS contain (H)CFCs?
    No, EPS does not contain and never has contained (H)CFCs.
  6. Is Pentane hazardous to the environment?
    Pentane is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon. It is NOT toxic and does NOT deplete the ozone layer. Emissions from the production process are captured via extraction systems and incinerated in a boiler that features energy recovery. The result: reduced use of fossil fuels and the reduction of CO2 emissions.
  7. Can EPS be safely dumped?
    Both production residues and EPS that is returned from buyers are reused by Synprodo. This means a reduced environmental load through saving raw materials and preventing waste. If EPS is still dumped, this has no negative effect at all on the environment. EPS is not classified as a hazardous waste.
  8. Is chorine used in the production of EPS?
    Chlorine is used in the production of plastics such as PVC. For most other synthetic materials this is not the case, and certainly not for EPS.
  9. Does the production of EPS damage the environment?
    EPS consists for 98% of air, it is made using a minimum of raw materials. The components used in the production process are all environmentally sound. NO (H)CFCs are used and never have been used in the EPS production process, a process that is not energy intensive.
  10. Does EPS retain its insulating properties as time passes (years)?
    Time has no effect on the insulating properties of EPS. No substances are released that could influence the insulation values.
  11. Does EPS absorb water (with consequences for its insulating properties)?
    EPS absorbs more or less no water. Even when submerged in water, the maximum water absorption, dependent on the type, is just 5% by volume. And even then, EPS retains almost the same high insulating properties.
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Environment

  1. Are hazardous substances released when producing and processing EPS?
    In the production process, water vapour and polystyrene granules are expanded into small spheres of EPS. Pentane, a naturally occurring saturated hydrocarbon, is used as the blowing agent. Pentane is NOT toxic and does NOT deplete the ozone layer. When processing EPS, 98% of which consists of air, no hazardous substances are released. Therefore, no personal protection equipment including masks, goggles and gloves are required.
  2. Are toxic gases released when EPS is burnt?
    Gases are released when all materials are burnt. Because EPS consists of more or less only carbon and hydrogen, the gases released when it is burnt are even cleaner than when the same volume of wood is burnt.
  3. Does EPS contain (H)CFCs?
    No, EPS does not contain and never has contained (H)CFCs.
  4. Is Pentane hazardous to the environment?
    Pentane is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon. It is NOT toxic and does NOT deplete the ozone layer. Emissions from the production process are captured via extraction systems and incinerated in a boiler that features energy recovery. The result: reduced use of fossil fuels and the reduction of CO2 emissions.
  5. Can EPS be safely dumped?
    Both production residues and EPS that is returned from buyers are reused by Synprodo. This means a reduced environmental load through saving raw materials and preventing waste. If EPS is still dumped, this has no negative effect at all on the environment. EPS is not classified as a hazardous waste.
  6. Is chlorine used in the production of EPS?
    Chlorine is used in the production of plastics such as PVC. For most other synthetic materials this is not the case, and certainly not for EPS.
  7. Does the production of EPS damage the environment?
    EPS consists for 98% of air, it is made using a minimum of raw materials. The components used in the production process are all environmentally sound. NO (H)CFCs are used and never have been used in the EPS production process, a process that is not energy intensive.
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