BASF’s Styropor packaging conserving resources

BASF’s Styropor packaging for conserving resources

5:13 AM, 14th December 2017
BASF’s Styropor packaging for conserving resources
The Styropor MB used is the first expandable polystyrene (EPS) on the market to be produced using BASF’s biomass balance approach.

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF SE said that it's customer Schaumaplast GmbH & Co KG, an internationally active manufacturer of moulded parts made from particle foams, is now offering packaging made from biomass-balanced Styropor.

The Styropor MB used is the first expandable polystyrene (EPS) on the market to be produced using BASF’s biomass balance approach. Following special balancing, the TUV SUD-certified method can be used to replace the fossil resources needed to manufacture Styropor entirely with renewable resources right at the start of the production process.

Each biomass balance product thus helps to conserve fossil resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The formulation and quality of Styropor MB is unchanged compared to its fossil counterpart.

“At BASF we look at products across their full life cycle. Sustainably produced raw materials, therefore, play a major role for us. Styropor packaging also offers the advantage that it is 98 percent air and fully recyclable – consumers can simply dispose of it in their yellow bag or recycling bin,” said Dr Klaus Ries, vice president global business management styrenic foams, BASF.

Packaging manufacturers and end users benefit

“We are proud to be the first packaging manufacturer to launch a product made from biomass-balanced Styropor from BASF on the market. It is an innovation that scores points for its environmental impact without losing the foam’s tried-and-tested technical properties,” explained Bernhard Hauck, managing director at Schaumaplast in Reilingen.

Schaumaplast is thus able to meet the high sustainability requirements of its customer: The young start-up company GmbH & Co KG sends ice cream right across Germany fresh and with excellent thermal insulation in Styropor packaging.

BASF now also offers other EPS grades as part of the biomass balance concept. These include other Styropor brands, but also some of the grey EPS versions from the Neopor range for insulation applications.

The biomass balance method

In a similar way to feeding green electricity into the power grid, the biomass balance concept incorporates renewable resources in the existing Production Verbund. The method permits biomass – for example in the form of biogas or bio-naphtha from certified sustainable production – to be used instead of fossil resources right at the start of the value chain and later to be allocated to the respective sales products in a defined way.


BASF’s biomass balance method has been developed together with TUV SUD and certified for the BASF production sites in Ludwigshafen, Antwerp and Schwarzheide. Schaumaplast also carries a TUV SUD certificate for the use of Styropor MB: This means that the company pledges to have the entire supply chain reviewed against high-quality standards through to the end product on an annual basis. Suppliers and end customers can thus be certain of the origin of the raw materials and the sustainability of the concept.

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