Published By : 25 May 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
With the emergence of the packaging industry as a global business, it exhibits a persistent demand for product innovation in packaging solutions utilizable for diverse needs. The main objective of packaging is to protect its contents efficiently during transit until it reaches its final destination of use. However, with increasing concerns about the environmental impact of packaging materials after they are disposed, industries are focusing on recycling packaging materials. This has also been observed in the foam trays market.
Foam trays offer convenience, easy disposability and are cost-effective as well. The market for foam trays is gaining momentum due to the increasing demand for expanded polystyrene (EPS). Presently, the market faces challenges due to environmental concerns, however, the advent of biodegradable foam will surge growth of the market in the near future.
Price-based competition and increasing environmental concerns about the disposal of foam trays have forced manufacturers to discover newer ways of using the material. Polystyrene, polyesters, polypropylene, and polyethylene are most commonly used to make foam trays. Amongst these, polystyrene is widely used for making foam trays. Polystyrene is sourced from petroleum, which is a non-renewable source, the recycling of foam trays appears to be the formidable way to reduce the fuel consumption during the manufacturing process.
The greatest benefit of recycling of foam tray lies in reduction of litter on both land and water. EPS is widely used as a raw material in the production of foam trays. Since the material is not affected by oxygen, sunlight, or water, it stays in land or in water indefinitely. The presence of polystyrene is also a threat to marine life. With the wearing out of the material with time, EPS fragments into tiny particles which is often mistaken by fish to be food. Resultantly, if EPS is consumed by marine animals it blocks their digestive system leading to death.