Rising environmental concerns lead our cold chain packaging customers to look for sustainability in their packaging systems. For instance, with the expansion of home delivery prescription programs, we see a growing consumer movement for eco-friendly ways to dispose of used packaging. As an EPS (expanded polystyrene) molder, EFP and PharmaTuff are particularly sensitive to the need for green initiatives.
Dollar for dollar, pound for pound, EPS is the most economical insulating material in use today. Its versatility creates efficiency in design, development, product assembly and distribution. Its cushioning and insulating properties protect your products from damage, temperature related degradation, and spoilage, resulting in minimizing the need for re-manufacturing, re-transportation, and disposal of damaged products.
Food Tech gourmet meal providers, please consider EFP your source for turn-key, knock-down, reusable shipping solutions for improved thermal protection with the added benefit of reducing waste!
The EPS industry is pro-active in both educating and including consumers and other industries in its efforts:
- EPS manufacturers set aside recycle collection sites in their facilities. (Contact us for the site list.)
- Clean post consumer EPS is recycled back into the raw material stream.
- Post consumer EPS is also densified for applications in construction and landscaping.
- Our industry is developing closed-loop systems where high volume users absorb the cost of returning packaging for reconditioning and reuse.
- The EPS Molders Association has developed a kit to help you educate your users on simple ways to recycle EPS packaging.
For more information on our industry’s environmental performance and recycling, please visit the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers.
EFP is an EPS recycling center. We also take back EPS from our customers when our trucks make their deliveries. We focus our cold chain product development projects on ways to create robust packaging systems for multiple use to reduce overall cold chain packaging system costs.
Will Your “Pre-Qualified” Cold Chain Packaging Pass Performance Testing?Specialty Pharmaceutical Distributors are being tasked with proving their cold chain packaging will stand up to real time temperature protection.
The accepted method of pre-qualification of parcels used to deliver prescriptions to patients or providers is static testing in thermal chambers. These tests expose the package to various, sometimes extreme external temperatures with the goal a surviving a minimum of 24 hours within label claim temperature ranges.
This testing is also subjective. The products are typically simulated using bottles of water. Probes are placed at the technician’s discretion.URAC and other accreditation services are asking for “shipping lane testing” as further qualification of cold chain parcels. If you want to be ahead of the compliance curve, EFP can help you confirm the performance of your current cold chain packaging. Contact PharmaTuff to learn more.